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I am a retired elementary school teacher and live with my husband in western maryland. I love our country and value the Declaration of independence and the constitution. We have made progress in many areas since our country's birth but nothing in the way of human rights has ever been achieved without active citizen participation. We have also slaughtered many innocent people in our colonial conquests which are ongoing and are very rarely discussed. We need to decide whether we wish to be a republic or global, hegemonic conquerors. We can't be both. I've read Thoreau and Emerson and wish to revive this active citizenship. Civil disobedience is needed in order for any democracy to function. If we can't speak out and discuss all sides of issues in a civilized way, our democracy is already dead. I write children's stories with this intent in mind.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why "Bottom-up" Matters We are re-thinking our attitudes toward life, the planet and our materialistic culture. We can't hold on to an archaic system that can no longer be sustained. We are leaving the age of information and entering the age of cooperation. This can only be accomplished with a truly independent media, with responsible reporters who are allowed to speak truth to power.

Monday, May 16, 2011 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Depression: A Walking Meditation Even during the last walk of night, my amazing analyst heals my sadness (without FDA approval) and sudden hints of inspiration urge me to move on.