Clarity First Newsletter,
November 20, 2020

“We must use what we have to invent what we desire.”

– Adrienne Rich

Clarity First Newsletter,
November 13, 2020

“I am an optimist. It’s going OK. I don’t believe anyone is going to stop the spirit of all the humans out there.”                                    
– Gillian Welch

Clarity First Newsletter,
November 6, 2020

“Life is short and the world is at least half terrible, and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you, though I keep this from my children. I am trying to sell them the world…”
– Maggie Smith, Good Bones

Clarity First Newsletter,
October 30, 2020

“Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”
 – Thich Nhat Hanh

Clarity First Newsletter,
October 23, 2020

“Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming.”
– Alice Walker

Clarity First Newsletter,
October 16, 2020

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” – Howard Zinn

Clarity First Newsletter,
October 9, 2020

“It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed. It is the storyteller, the dream-maker, the myth-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative.” – Doris Lessing

Clarity First Newsletter,
October 2, 2020

“Possibility is not a luxury; it is as crucial as bread.” – Judith Butler

Clarity First Newsletter,
September 25, 2020

“There is a myth that the purpose of education is to give one the means for upward mobility and success. The plain truth is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does need desperately more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story tellers, and lovers…” – David W. Orr

Clarity First Newsletter,
September 18, 2020

“Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come…” – Wangari Maathai

Clarity First Newsletter,
September 11, 2020

“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” – Dr. Seuss

Clarity First Newsletter,
September 4, 2020

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Clarity First Newsletter,
August 28, 2020

“Chance favors the connected mind.” – Steven Johnson

Clarity First Newsletter,
August 21, 2020

“So many institutions in our society need reinventing. The time has come for a new dream. That’s what being a revolutionary is.” – Grace Lee Bogs

Clarity First Newsletter,
August 14, 2020

“It is so important that we fight for the future, get into the game, get dirty, get experimental. How do we create and proliferate a compelling vision of economies and ecologies that center humans and the natural world over the accumulation of material?” – adrienne maree brown

Clarity First Newsletter,
August 7, 2020

“There is too much bad news to justify complacency. There is too much good news to justify despair.” – Donella Meadows

Clarity First Newsletter,
July 31, 2020

“The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you’re worrying about whether you’re hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you’re showing up, that you’re here and that you’re finding ever more capacity to love this world ….” – Joanna Macy

Clarity First Newsletter,
July 24, 2020

“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.” – Pema Chödrön

Clarity First Newsletter,
July 17, 2020

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

Clarity First Newsletter,
July 10, 2020

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Clarity First Newsletter,
July 3, 2020

“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 1963

Clarity First Newsletter,
June 26, 2020

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.” -Noam Chomsky

Clarity First Newsletter,
June 19, 2020

“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” – Margaret Atwood

Clarity First Newsletter,
June 12, 2020

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”   – Lao Tzu