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7 ways to be mindful with a teen, by Karen Maezen Miller


Cross-posted with permission from Karen Maezen Miller’s “Cheerio Road” blog. Thank you, Karen, for allowing me to share the gift of your writing with my readers!

Karen Maezen Miller is a Zen Buddhist Priest at the Hazy Moon Zen Center in Los Angeles, mother of a...

Is blogging dead? Not quite yet….


Argh, I look at my blog and see that I haven’t posted in two months, and I wonder, “Is blogging dead?” Clearly it’s not OVER in the largest sense, but it has changed so much since I started blogging in 2003 that sometimes I think it might be over soon for me. I actually started before...

Supporting Dylan Farrow


The world is reacting to the open letter written by Dylan Farrow, written in protest of the continued artistic lionization of her adopted father Woody Allen, whom she accused of sexually abusing her when she was seven years old. Dylan reported the abuse then, back in 1992 and stands by her story to this day.

Please read...

The deep gladness of teaching personal safety through Kidpower and Doing Right by Our Kids


2013 was a busy year, in many ways productive, but I felt like I was pulled in a million different directions. For the New Year I am refocusing my energies back into my book collaboration with Irene van der Zande, “Doing Right By Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.” Here is my New Year’s meditation...

North Carolina’s Monster Voting Bill–a tale of voter suppression


A white Republican challenging black students’ right to vote has a 97% success rate at removing these young minority voters from the rolls. Is that what we want for North Carolina?

It is starting to sink in that North Carolina’s new voting laws go way beyond voter I. D.–which is problematic in itself–and lead straight into voter suppression. ...

Foushee and Tiemann receive votes from NC 23 Senate Executive Committee; Foushee prevails


NC 23 Senate candidates await the final decision after Amy Tiemann and Valerie Foushee split the first round of votes.

My first foray into politics came down...

Introducing Amy Tiemann


It would be an absolute honor to succeed Ellie Kinnaird in the North Carolina General Assembly, representing Orange and Chatham counties. These are trying times for North Carolina. The extreme policies enacted by the current Republican majority in the General Assembly do not represent the will of the people. But even now, we have a vital opportunity...

A new journey–seeking a State Senate seat


I have been writing about leadership for the entire life of, and worked with many community groups and activists. Today I am taking a big next step: I have asked to be considered for the appointment to succeed retiring North Carolina State Senator Ellie Kinnaird.

For years I have hoped that people would wake up to...

Why pro-choice is “middle ground” in the abortion debate


Women here in North Carolina are reeling as our state legislature has unleashed a sneak attack against women’s reproductive rights, attaching anti-abortion proposals to bills that were originally about banning foreign laws from being used in NC courts (commonly known as the anti-Sharia law) and motorcycle safety. ...

NC Moral Monday: we are democratic citizens, not royal subjects


This week I joined thousands of my fellow North Carolinians to protest the General Assembly’s extremely un-representative actions that are tearing apart the fabric of society in our state. People of all races and walks of life came together in support of voting rights, education, and economic...

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