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
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
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
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. 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 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
“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.
A lot of my friends are still on a high about Obama’s recent discovery of the words climate change. He broke his climate silence after Hurricane Sandy. And climate change took prominent place in his inaugural address. In Tuesday’s the State of the Union, he brought it up again.
“But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more