Top 10 Nays for 2016

rustyMy current top 10 list for the US’ societal problems.

  1. Engagement::: We have the technology to solve most of society’s big problems. We’re missing the will to engage; due in some part to narcotizing dysfunction.
  2. Our Environment::: Climate change, global warming, pollution, destruction of natural habitats, diminishing resources… exasperated by politics. Only Four in ten Americans think the people can convince Congress to pass legislation to reduce global warming. Here is one obstacle.
  3. Culture::: We are media driven, driving us to want and have more. It also divides us and encourages an “us vs them” outraged mentality. In example…
    1. Trump::: We have manifested a sexist rude charade for president.
    2. Misnomers::: For example feminism and patriotism. The first example is often used as a hateful statement. The second is often used in defiance against an opposing view, claiming exclusivity in their love for our country.
    3. Access:: Our 24/7 access to digital life and non-life, obscures our focus and diverts our attention from the physical here and now.
    4. These are learned beliefs and behaviors; please unlearn them.
  4. Inequality::: Civil rights, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration, income, lifestyle consumption, poverty, race, reproductive rights, sexual orientation, wealth…
  5. Healthcare::: Cost, access, for profit systems… Don’t care for our ill.
  6. Education::: Archaic systems, cultural irrelevancy, accessibility, differing expectations…
  7. Homelessness::: It’s plain Sad, Sad, Sad.
  8. Overpopulation:: Too many people eating up too few resources.
  9. Fear::: Fear is a strategy and tactic. Fear takes us off course.
  10. Humans::: The majority of society’s problems are human made. We can be loving, generous, genius creators and also selfish, stubborn, lazy destroyers all in the same breath. We struggle with  balancing our conflicting nature. We’re not all bad or all good, we’re flawed. Our need to belong has us align with belief systems and social structures that struggle in our newly global ever changing world. This too has divided us and conflicts with our agency in the world.

This list is clearly focused on our human flaws and in the weeds for some of them.

What are your top 10?

The list from last year.

p.s.- Be both a feminist and patriot.


Top 10 Nays for 2016

peace thru feminism

Gloria Steinem speaking in Seattle recently reminded us the definition of Feminism is the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. At some point, likely the 1970’s, feminism became a bad word. As a society we need to bring it back to its original intent and practice it.

In 2009 feminist and role model Jimmy Carter wrote an article “Losing my religion for equality”. The article describes his struggle and brake from the Southern Baptist church in support of human rights and equality. In it he writes:

“The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions – all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God. It is time we had the courage to challenge these views.”

With feminism there is no extremism, no racism, no sexism.

Our most violent societies are ones that don’t support feminism and actively oppress women. We are in the midst of a third world war with  65 countries involved including 667 Militias-guerrillas and separatist groups, leaving a numbing trail of death, destruction and millions of refugees without a nation or place. Clearly it will take more than feminism to bring about peace, although peace won’t happen without it.

The UN has a policy to include women in their peace keeping efforts believing “women and men experience conflict differently and therefore understand peace differently. Recognizing and integrating these differences – known as gender perspectives – into all aspects of UN peace operations, is essential for the success of the UN’s peacekeeping efforts”. When women have an equal say at the table along with other diversities we all benefit.

Please, when you see anti-feminism in action… call it out, respectfully. Without feminism there cannot be peace.


peace thru feminism

12 seconds

These 4 short films were submitted to the “12 Seconds Max” video exhibition at The Factory in Seattle.

  1. No- At lunch in the French countryside
  2. 3 Years- Changes over 3 years under the Ballard Bridge, Seattle
  3. Forrest- On the Mountain Loop Highway in Washington State
  4. Subway Texture- NYC subway
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“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


These are first draft stories that touch in some way on my experiences with leading and being led, our conduct, how we act and with what intent.

Personal stories

Microsoft stories

Agency stories to come… observations, history & trending, the future.



Seattle is high on activism and not so much on being neighborly. As a plugged in and global society it’s easy to overlook the people where we physically live. Not to say that we are consciously overlooking them, it’s that our attention is often elsewhere.

An elderly neighbor of mine was hobbling around on a fractured hip for a month before she asked for help; clearly it was not easy for her to ask. Had we paid better attention perhaps we could have helped earlier.

Be proximal, be neighborly.

I was explaining what a selfie was to my 88 year old friend Roberta. She giggled.
This is my 88 year old friend Roberta. I was explaining what a selfie was. She giggled.

top 10 yays!

Balance is important, and while it’s easy to pick at what’s wrong, we also need to celebrate what’s right. My top Great things about our society:

    1. Connection::: To love ones across the globe (and skies) in real-time.
    2. Access::: To Information, Art, Culture, Music, Science…
    3. Globalization::: Seeing and experiencing other cultures, lifestyles and perspectives.
    4. Sciences::: Advancements have us understanding more and more about nature, space, time, and being human.
    5. Technology::: Innovations enable us to make and do just about anything (in any size, anywhere).
    6. Empowerment::: With focus, resources and drive, everything seems possible.
    7. Community::: There are endless communities out there to engage with and become part of.
    8. Diversity::: The world is so darned interesting.
    9. Collective::: We have lots of opportunities to do great work together.
    10. The Cuteness::: Who doesn’t love all the animal videos?

Yeah, it’s US centric- cause that’s where I live.
I also want to put a shout out to the awesomeness of Nature.

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top 10 nays

My current top 10 list for society’s biggest problems; updated only slightly from last year.

  1. Apathy::: We have the technology to solve most of society’s big problems; we’re missing the will. We are often disconnected from what brings us meaning and what drives our actions.
  2. Our Environment::: Climate change, pollution, destruction of natural habitats, diminishing resources… exasperated by politics.
  3. Greed::: We don’t know when enough is enough and its killing us. Wealth gaps slow human advancement.
  4. Isms::: Especially- ageism, elitism, extremism, racism and sexism. These isms are oppressive, discriminatory and threaten diversity.
  5. Inequality::: Civil rights, education, gender, income, lifestyle consumption, POLITICS, poverty, race/ethnicity, reproductive rights, sexual orientation, wealth…
  6. Healthcare::: Cost, access, for profit systems… We need to take better care of our ill.
  7. Education::: Archaic systems, cultural irrelevancy, cost, accessibility, differing expectations…
  8. Overpopulation:: Too many people eating up too few resources.
  9. Distraction::: Our 24/7 access to digital life and non-life, obscures our focus and diverts our attention from the physical here and now.
  10. Fear::: Fear is a strategy and tactic. Fear takes us off course.

A lot of these problems could be solved if we consistently acted from love and compassion. We need to act on #2 immediately, but it won’t happen without #1. The guardian has an idea, keep it in the ground.



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mystery school

I am about experiences and have always been fascinated by the wisdom and practices of metaphysic and esoteric beliefs systems driven by love.

In January I completed a 10 month course on “The Tree of Life: Exploring Personal Alchemy through Hermetic Qabalah, Astrology, and Tarot”. It was fabulous. I loved how this woo-woo course folded interrelated philosophies and practices into daily life experiences.

Below are images of the notes I took per Sephira (attribute on the tree). We started with 10 and worked our way back to 1.

10: Malkuth

9: Yesod8: Hod7: Netzach6: Tipareth

5: Geburah 4: Chesed

3: Binah

2: Chokmah1: Kether

In 2013 I took the Sacred Number course studying numbers in all aspects of life i.e. – math, nature, culture and spirituality.
I highly recommend the The Mystery School .

mystery school


Everyone, and I mean every adult and teenager needs to see Selma.

This important film shows us the historic relevance of a movement AND how an ism, in the case racism, divides us. AND how, with intelligent peaceful persistence- We can effect change.

In thinking about today or 50 years ago, this film serves as a reminder that social justice takes conscientious effort. Today our need may be even greater as we also battle apathy and extremism.

It’s an easy thing to discriminate against that which we don’t identify with. Regardless of whether we agree with each other we can love each other, it just takes practice.

After you’ve seen it let’s have a conversation about what we are going to do about racism and all isms. Social justice for all.

P.s. – The cinematography is beautiful.
Also get to know what we fear…