Tag Archives: San Francisco

It’s Time to Create a Portfolio of Activism

January 28th, 2017 by

The Women’s March was magical and memorable, and sustaining that level of energy in the time ahead will be critical. We’re in it for the long haul.

It’s time for each of us to consider creating a portfolio of activism. A bit like some people have a balanced financial portfolio, although in this case it would take the form of commitment, care, campaigning and creating.

We each have our loves, our strengths and our causes, and together we form fierce movements for social change.Continue Reading

Letter From Sausalito

December 29th, 2016 by


Perhaps it was inevitable that my bohemian self would wend its way to Sausalito and to one of its boat communities. Even more fortunate was finding my heart-boat, which is called Sunrise and has been owned for 26 years by a woman  who comes from a boat building family and grew up in Tahiti.

Many friends have asked me what it’s like living on a boat and in Sausalito, so here’s my snapshot in response.

My boat is small and snug with porthole windows, so I can see seals popping up when I’m lying in bed.… Continue Reading

Letter for the Janes in the World

July 9th, 2016 by

Suzanne French, Jane McKeever, and Mary Joan Schmidt holding banners and signs in an ERA march on 05/14/1977On the eve of my birthday I want to celebrate the Janes in my life.

scientistQuotesGoodallClipped to a pin board in my bolt hole boat kitchen is the image I wake to each morning – of Jane Goodall with a baby chimpanzee – perhaps it’s Fifi. This image is above a wooden figure with moveable body parts, which I’ve fashioned with arms akimbo and dancing feet to remind me to embrace opportunity and possibility with an open mind and heart. I continue to be inspired by Jane Goodall’s work in sparking and sustaining a movement for young environment activists through her Roots and Shoots network.… Continue Reading

Letter From The Running and The Rising

May 29th, 2016 by

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I’m just back from the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, a convening on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women that takes place every three years. The conference dynamically engaged some 5,500 people from 169 countries, with 20% under 30 years of age and all of whom came with their energy, ideas, strategies and solutions for change.

Yemurai Nyoni WDC2016One of the participants under 30 was Yemurai Nyone, Founder and Advisor, Dot Youth Organization and 2013 Women Deliver Young Leader, Zimbabwe who spoke at the opening plenary and who said “My strength [as a man] is not defined by the weakness of others.… Continue Reading

Letter From San Francisco #22

April 2nd, 2016 by

sausalito boatI’ve just arrived back on my boat in Sausalito from being in Australia. A couple of days after my return I open my hatch and watch a man with a pirate hat rowing toward shore. Hi, he says with a grin, although in my mind it’s more har, har. I’m back in Sausalito, Grateful Dead territory.

And back on campaign turf. The Presidential campaign feels like a microcosm of what’s playing out in the wider world. At one end of the spectrum there’s fear and greed trumping all and at the other a genuine citizen powered movement for social justice.… Continue Reading