Birthday Musings on our Comfort Zone

Today is my birthday. Birthdays can be a good time to take stock and be reflective. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I often do, about solutions to wicked problems like climate change. How do we get from where we are to where we need to be, collectively. I once read a book by Jane Goodall where she said we all need to become saints. And in a way we do.

I can be an overachiever. I’ve always been an introspective person. I’ve never needed to stick my face in the mud in order to find out what I didn’t want.  I learn easily from other people’s mistakes.

My mind is relatively quiet and that allows me to focus and to think things through clearly. I don’t have that thing, maybe it’s self-consciousness, that makes other people quit. But, until recently in my evolution, I’d look at other people and then look at myself and say, “good enough.” But is being good enough really good enough for the world?

Well, hell no! The world doesn’t need any more good enough. What the world needs is for us all to dig deep, find our heart’s calling, and to grab onto it with both hands.

This can be really scary. All kinds of stuff comes up when we break through long established patterns and beliefs–like the belief in our own powerlessness, or the belief that things can’t change. It can be terrifying moving outside our comfort zones.

But, the only true liberation in life is to look into that abyss, understand that we can’t control, while at the same time we can co-create the outcome we choose.

And since we’ve already shown up to the dance, let’s get out there and co-create the best of our dreams and aspirations for everyone!

Happy Birthday Me
Happy Birthday You
Happy Birthday World


Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
May auspiciousness be unto all

Sarvesham Santir Bhavatu
May Peace be unto all;

Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu
May fullness be unto all:

Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
May prosperity be unto all

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
May all be happy

Sarve Santu Niramayah
May all be free from disabilities

Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
May all behold what is auspicious

Ma Kaschid-Duhkha-Bhag-Bhavet
May none suffer from sorrow

Asato Ma Sadgamaya
Lead me from the unreal to the Real

Tamaso Ma Jyotir-Gamaya
Lead me from darkness to Light

Mrityor-Ma Amritam Gumaya
Lead me from mortality to Immortality

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
Om Peace Peace Peace


Lessons Learned from Hurricanes & Connecting Climate Dots


When I left Florida five years ago, hurricanes weren’t high on my list of reasons. It was more the rat race; the traffic, the cost of living, the apathy and oh yeah, no more hurricanes.

Living in South Florida for over twenty years, I’d seen a lot of hurricanes, most notably Hurricane Andrew, a cat 5, that… Continue reading

Are Catastrophic Weather Events the New Normal?


There are a lot of words being used to describe Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath; unprecedented, historic, catastrophic, one-in-500, one-in-1000, costliest natural disaster in US history. You get the idea; Harvey’s devastation was massive and on a scale that is hard to wrap our brains around.

I even heard one stat that said we’ve had 10 1/1000… Continue reading

Before the Flood, Getting Out of Florida


I spoke with my friend Robin this week. Robin lives in Miami Shores, a mostly upper-middle class neighborhood located in Miami Dade county. It’s near the causeway that takes you to the beach. Robin was born on Miami Beach; she’s a native.

On our call, Robin recounted a conversation she recently had with a friend who lives on… Continue reading

My Grandfather was a Coal Miner


My grandfather was a coal miner. He was also an American immigrant from southern Italy. He served in the US Army and proudly participated in our in democracy. My mother remembers him putting on his best suit and walking for miles to cast his vote on election day.

Back in his mountain origin of Bocchigliero, he was a peasant farmer. Like others, he came to America to… Continue reading

A Fool with a Plan

“A fool with a plan will go farther than a genius with no plan.”

It was late 2008 and everyone in the room laughed as billionaire T. Boone Pickens retold this story from his college years. His father was concerned with Boone’s lack of direction in choosing a major. Dad came to visit his son and said;
“Listen son, a fool with a plan can beat a

The Anthropocene and the Fierce Urgency of Now

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”   — Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s About Saving Ourselves

change“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

Lately, people have been emphasizing that the climate movement is really about saving ourselves.

Yes, I agree the problem is with humanity; it’s a crisis of consciousness and how we relate to life’s inter-dependencies… Continue reading

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