Birthdays, World Views and the Game Plan to Bring it All Home

[Editor's Note: This could be the most personal post I've ever written. Forgive the number of "I"s throughout. But it's my hope you might connect with this in some way and use it to help yourself navigate similar hurdles in your life. Transparency and authenticity are important to me.] “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.” ~ Buddha Yesterday was my... Read More

Take Action: 10 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Community TODAY

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  ~ Anne Frank Over the past few weeks, the blogosphere has been abuzz with conversation about shifting from talking about action to actually DOING all those things to change our world for the better. Talking the talk will only take you so far. At some point, you have to... Read More

Minimalism, Mindfulness and the Moral Imperative of a New Earth Ethic

“The human venture depends absolutely on this quality of awe and reverence and joy in the Earth and all that lives and grows upon the Earth.” ~ Thomas Berry A number of things have happened over the past week that have me feeling a stronger sense of urgency when it comes to changing the direction of this world. First, as the dust from the mid-term elections (here in... Read More

Returning to the Power, Solace and Resilience of Community

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw There is a quiet but growing movement happening all over. Perhaps it’s the result of shaky economies or people rediscovering... Read More

An Open Letter to CEOs Who Make and Sell Stuff

[Editor's Note: If you would like to use any or all of this for the CEOs in your life or as the basis for a letter to the editor of your local paper or even a blog post, feel free to do so.] space Dear Sir/Ma’am, I am taking the liberty to write to you on behalf of every single thing that calls this planet home. Most don’t know about it, but I’m sure they won’t mind. Their... Read More

What is More Important: The Means or the End?

Coming off the comment thread of the Frivolous Fifty post, I’ve been having some good discussions with a few people that has me thinking about what matters most: the end result of what we’re working towards or the means by which we get there? It also has me wondering about you — the readers of The New Pursuit. Why have you chosen to spend time with my writing?... Read More