Connecting the Dots: An Essay Series








I write occasional essays for The Centre Daily Times under the moniker (Connecting the Dots). The essays presented here are organized around five themes: 1) Searching For Opportunity In A Time Of Crisis; 2) Rethinking Education; 3) Awakening To Wonder; 4) What We Believe, We Become; And 5) Taking A Stand.









I. SEARCHING FOR OPPORTUNITY IN A TIME OF CRISIS
What's in a Footprint?
Turning our Lawns into a Patchwork Farm
Giving Away our Power
Are we Making Progress?
Sprawl—Too Much of a Good Thing?
A Special Moment in History
A Future We Can Live With
Pathway to a Sustainable Food System
Lost and Found
Caring for Climate by Changing our Consciousness
State College: The Garden City?
Spirit of Holiday Brings to Mind Worthy Questions
Is the Economy's Demise Our Neighbor's Rise?
You Can Find Happiness in the New Year
Listening to the Messages in Student Drinking
II. RETHINKING EDUCATION
I Want a World Where ...
Discovering the Power of Questions
What’s Missing in Schools?
Food Investigations
Softening the Belly
Slowing Down
Careful with that Praise
Mindsets Affect Our Ability To Learn
The Power of Pausing
The Importance and Power of Physical Touch
Schooling as if Life Matters
Obama's School Vision has its Flaws
III. AWAKENING TO WONDER
Air: Empty Space or Animating force?
Feeling: The Force of Life
We Are Stardust
A Visceral Relationship with Water
Cultivating Intimacy with Trees
A Summertime Thought Experiment
Crows 'R Us
Becoming a Nature Listener
Time to Celebrate INTER-dependence Day
IV. WHAT WE BELIEVE WE BECOME
Unexamined Beliefs at the Root of Every Day Stress
Old Age has a Bad Reputation
The Ideology of the Cancer Cell
A New Way of Communicating
A Tiger, a Vision, a Belief
Fixing Earth By Fixing Ourselves
Walking on Water
Radical Self Acceptance
The Final Freedom
The Most Important Relationship
Humans Approach a Great Turning
Research Shows Humans' Interconnectivity
'Response-ability' A Positive life Change
Making Friends with Death
V. TAKING A STAND
Time for Some New Rules?
Is it Worth It?
Activism: The Heart of Citizenship
Seeing the Lawn Differently
Loving the Insects
Buy Nothing Day
Truthspeaking
A Radical Politics: Saying Yes To Love
Peak Oil and The Precautionary Principle
Moving Beyond Good versus Bad
A Stimulus Package Of, By and For the People