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Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Is Resistance Politics Sustainable?

Progressive voters who are very unhappy with Donald Trump’s executive orders, cabinets appointments, policies, proposed budget and behavior have loosely organized in resistance for marches, calls and letter writing campaigns to elected officials. But are these resistance efforts sustainable and effective in changing the current conservative direction our nation is…

Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

North Valley Art League is now exhibiting through July 1, 2017 a member show Go Big or Go Home. The Carter House Gallery, located at 48 Quartz Hill Drive, Redding CA (just west of Redding’s Aquatic Center on the north side of the Sacramento River) gives NVAL members the opportunity…

Truthout

Truthout

“Truthout is a non-profit, subscriber-supported news website devoted to the principles of equality, democracy, human rights, accountability and social justice. We believe ardently in the power of free speech, and understand that democratic journalism can make the world a better place for all of us. As an organization, Truthout works…

Arabian Night

Arabian Night

Armando’s Gallery House is having an Arabian Night dinner and show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1350 Butte St, Redding, CA. They will Have live drummers and belly dancers for one amazing night. Armando’s is located at 1350 Butte St., Redding, CA (just east of the downtown Promenade). Call (530)…

Science That Connects Us

Science That Connects Us

Even though we may aspire to higher consciousness (the relationship between the mind and deeper truths that are thought to be more fundamental than the physical world), we are prone to slip back into old fear-based paradigms of separation and divisiveness. Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) believes “there can be…

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Axiom Repertory Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee from June 15 – July 2, 2017, Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinée at 2 p.m. at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding CA. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam…

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2017

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2017

Now that summer heat has come to Redding, you might want to escape to somewhat cooler Ashland, OR and take in a play or two at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. They offer 11 different plays that include three or four by Shakespeare and seven by other classic writers, as well as…

Redding Cultural District

Redding Cultural District

Redding Cultural District (shown in the map above in salmon color) has been selected as a semi-finalist for the California Cultural Districts program. The California Arts Council, tasked with setting up, reviewing and choosing the cultural districts, convened a panel in April 2017 to assess all submissions to the program. According…

March For Truth

March For Truth

A #MarchForTruth is being organized for Saturday, June 3, 2017 in 70+ cities to call for an impartial investigation into Russian interference in the US election and ties to the Trump Administration. A Special prosecutor must be named, an independent commission established and Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued…

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture

For several reasons, we are supporters of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in Shasta County. We have a partial share at Oliview Farm in Anderson where we get organic, fresh, seasonal vegetables, eggs, herbs and olive oil delivered weekly to our home in Redding. Oliview CSA is in their fourth year. They are…

The Journey Into Hope

The Journey Into Hope

Today is day 17 in Oprah and Deepak’s free 21 day meditation Hope in Uncertain Times – How Hope Goes Viral. We become personal agents of change and even “affect those around us with whom we don’t have direct contact through the connection of our shared collective consciousness. When we learn…

High-Functioning Sociopath

The United States and the world is experiencing a new, alarming, dangerous and destructive reality since January 20, 2017.

Resisting The Trump Agenda

Resisting The Trump Agenda

Pat Waak, DMin. is conducting an online conference Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting The Trump Agenda on Saturday, February 11, 2017 (originally scheduled for Feb. 4th) at 8 a.m. PST. Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. Find effective entry points into today’s politics and let your voice…

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Moral Reframing for Conservative/Liberal Conversations

Empathy and respect. That is what will result in better conversations between conservatives and liberals according to 2015 research by Robb Willer, sociologist at Stanford University and Matthew Feinberg, Assistant Professor of organizational behavior at the University of Toronto, co-authors of How to Make Effective Political Arguments. “Research suggests such moral rhetoric…

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

Launch Campaigns, Not Non-Profits

OMG, we have not even had the Presidential inauguration yet, and I am already suffering from extreme media over-exposure fatigue from the President-elect with his disregard for facts, lack of respect for intelligence and decorum, the continuing insult responses to criticism, nepotism, lack of transparency, dangerous foreign policy by 140…

Spiritual Wisdom

Spiritual Wisdom

Everyone thinks their opinions are correct, but obviously this cannot be the case, so we should strive to be generous and try to understand the reasons for other’s beliefs. Is their/our certainty based on personal experience or have they/we just uncritically bought into someone else’s worldview? Are these values mutually…

#Be The Balm

This past year, we’ve seen political leaders use fear and anger to divide communities and undermine our shared values, both of people of faith and those who do not claim any faith community. Shared values are not beliefs, dogmas, doctrines, theology, traditions, customs or religious practices. I believe almost all of us share basic human […]

Future For Good

Future For Good

“How will we mobilize eight, nine, ten billion people into a new force for life? How will we change our minds to change our collective economic, political, and interpersonal fortunes? How will we reweave delicate biological relationships in ecosystems battered by ever-increasing temperatures? How will we see what we can…

Sense of Community

Sense of Community

This past weekend we “experienced true community” in two unexpected places. We attended a plein air painting gathering in Shelter Cove, CA, where we were warmly welcomed by the tight-knit community hosting the event. Then we visited with the sisters of the sublimely peaceful community at Redwood Monastery, where Thomas Merton…

Global Citizens

Can Tweets save the world? Did you know that there is an organization whose aim is to end extreme poverty by 2030? Over the last five years, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world’s biggest challenges. That’s six million emails, tweets, petition signatures and phone calls […]

Contemplative Action

Contemplative Action

Are contemplating and action mutually exclusive or part of a “New Wave Emergence?” Holly Roach in Huffington Post’s Patheos Emerging Voices writes about a spirituality grounded in both action and contemplation. She interviews therapist Teresa Pasquale who talks about the “dynamism between inner and outer life forms” – beyond duality.…

Redding Kindness Watch

Much attention has recently been given to crime in Redding, CA with Redding Merchants’ ReddingCrimeWatch.com; Redding Police Department’s nixle.com alerts; the Shasta County’s Most Wanted; City Council candidate Dacquisto’s “Let’s Take Back our City” tag line; Redding’s police chief Robert Paoletti’s July Town Hall meeting that drew hundreds of concerned citizens;…