Fighting For Survival

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Email this pageNew Gloucester, Maine I spent Friday evening and most of Saturday at a church in western Iowa. In thirty minute intervals I met individually with members of the congregation who wanted to talk. These were not your fair weather church goers. Most are long time members. Some have attended service nearly every Sunday Continue Reading »

RJ Musings

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Email this pageDes Moines, Iowa For years I’ve wondered what a Restorative Justice system would look like. Dating back to the mid-90’s I would attend RJ conferences and attempt to corner experts who had researched and written about program design, best practices, effective processes, and success stories. When I could get one of them alone Continue Reading »

Time To Speak Up

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Email this pageDes Moines, Iowa I had coffee this afternoon with a woman. We met in Ankeny, about half way between her home and mine. Recently turned sixty, she is a community organizer. Not in the traditional sense. She doesn’t organize around issues. Instead, she organizes around hope. For the past eighteen years she has Continue Reading »

The Winds Of Change

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Email this pageDes Moines, Iowa I had a conversation with an astrologer recently. I’ve never been an adherent of what many consider a “pseudoscience”, having generally supported the Carl Sagan position that astrology is “unscientific”. Recently, however, I’ve shifted a bit and have come to realize, thanks to the late psychologist Rollo May, that astrology Continue Reading »