Archive for Opening and Closing Readings

Learning to Say a Clearer “Yes or No,” by Thomas Kelly

Many of the things we are doing seem so important to us. We haven’t been able to say no to them because they seem so important.

Where Two or Three Gather, by Sue Monk Kidd

I have chosen to be accountable to a few people, to meet with them and talk about life as I see God unfolding it to me, then God has a chance to hold up a mirror and show me who I am.

Personal Preparation, by Chris Martenson

My advice here is crisp and clear.  Find the smallest and easiest thing you can do, and then do it. I don’t care what it is. If that thing for you is buying an extra jar of pimentos because you can’t imagine life without them, then buy an extra jar next time you are shopping […]

A Portrait of America in Trash, by Jose Padua

I give to you a portrait of America in trash.
I give it to you with love and respect, America:

Thoughts on Debt, by David Graeber

For thousands of years, the struggle between rich and poor has largely taken the form of conflicts between creditors and debtors

What Will Make Our Lives Better? By David Orr

front porches around a village green; bricks or other heavy objects hurled at high velocity through a television screen; public parks and libraries full of bright-eyed kids; evenings spent reading good books bought from Powell’s; well-prepared meals for the entire family consisting of locally produced food…

The Difference Between Heaven and Hell

What is the difference between heaven and hell?
In both heaven and hell, there is a table overflowing with abundant, nourishing food.

From Racehorse to Workhorse, by Bill McKibben

Selection from Eaarth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet Here’s a better metaphor:  the economy that has defined our Western world is like a racehorse, fleet and showy.  It’s bred for speed, with narrow, tapered legs; tap it on the haunch, and it accelerates down the backstretch. But don’t put it on a track where […]

We’re in This Together by Chuck Collins

As our economy continues to decline, “common security clubs” are one way people can support each other and take action for a more just future. ONE EVENING LAST NOVEMBER, Connie Borbeau encouraged several people gathered in a church parlor to talk about what, for many, is a frightening and deeply isolating topic. “How is the […]

On The Real Economy by Joe Beageant

Defenders of capitalism claim that there can be no real economy, no real material value created by the real people on Main Street, without the financing of Wall Street’s virtual economy.  Allegedly, they are so intertwined as to be the same thing, which they are, and that no other way of doings things is possible, […]