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These March for Our Lives kids impress me. The elders, not so much.
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What I learned from my Facebook fast
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The power of wonder
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Swedish bears outwit hunters by adapting to law
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Climate change is already spreading disease
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Pro-Trump pastor: Ten Commandments will stop guns
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Integral ecology and the prophetic imagination

These March for Our Lives kids impress me. The elders, not so much.

The March for Our Lives was a powerful display of young people spearheading a major event that called dramatic attention to the gun violence that has killed so many schoolchildren.

And so the gun rights extremists had but one course of action: discredit, ridicule and lie about the young activists with impunity. Read More

What I learned from my Facebook fast

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I just spent seven weeks on a Facebook fast, and I learned a few things.

I should preface this by saying it was a completely impulsive decision made the evening of February 13th, when one of my Facebook friends posted that she was going to fast from Facebook during Lent, which started the next day.

I immediately responded that she inspired me to do the same thing: no Facebook until Easter except for Sundays (which tradition holds exempt from Lenten fasts).

Then I told my wife, who raised her eyebrow skeptically. She was doubtful I could do it. That, of course, only made me more determined, but I admit I was a little concerned about how hard it might be. I thought that alone was reason for trying. Read More

When you lose the power of wonder, you grow old

“When you lose the power of wonder, you grow old, no matter how old you are. If you have the power of wonder, you are forever young. The whole world is pristine and new and exciting.”

— Sigurd F. Olson

Swedish bears outwit hunters by adapting to law

Swedish brown bear mothers outwit hunters by adapting to law

Perhaps Swedish bears are smarter than the average bear. After Sweden passed a law banning protecting mother bears with cubs from hunters, the female bears learned to keep their cubs around an extra year. Read More

Climate change is already spreading disease

Climate change is already causing a large increase in tick-borne diseases among Americans, and scientists expect these and other maladies such as plague to keep getting worse over the decades to come as the planet warms. An article in The Revelator describing our current situation and projections points out that in Maine exploding populations of ticks have already caused cases of some diseases to multiply 30 times.

The interactive map above lets you look at projections of ten key diseases expected to worsen over time on a county-by-county basis. The darker the color, the worse the disease risk. Read More

Pro-Trump pastor: Ten Commandments will stop guns

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The Ten Commandments will stop gun violence? Maybe if kids hide behind steel-reinforced facsimiles…. Read More

Integral ecology and the prophetic imagination

The Earth Keeper combines science, politics, religion, spirituality, nature, culture and justice–a combination known as integral ecology. The goal is to bear witness to the signs of the times as well as advocate for a world in which the little ones of all species have the opportunity to live well. In this, it also is a blog of prophetic imagination.

Many years ago, an elderly friend told me his experience of December 7, 1941. Two months past his 18th birthday, he was spending that Sunday with friends at an ice-skating party on a lake near his home in northern Minnesota. Someone from a nearby house approached and, with an ashen face, told the group that Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. At that moment, the high school senior knew his whole life had changed, all his plans gone out the window. He felt a strong calling, and knew what he had to do. The next morning, along with many other young men, he went and enlisted in the Army. Read More

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