“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

— Jesus (as quoted in Matthew 22:39)

Recently I heard on Trevor Noah’s Daily Show that the climate crisis is threatening sea turtles worldwide because they lay their eggs on beaches, and the growing warmth of…


“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

— Bill Mollison

As anyone familiar with it knows, cancer is lethal: once a tumor spreads beyond its origin, whether on the skin, in the internal organs, or elsewhere, and gets into the bloodstream and lymph…


“…like a heat wave, burning in my heart/Can’t keep from crying; it’s tearing me apart”

— Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

The headlines are inescapable for anyone paying attention: unprecedented, record-smashing heat waves, droughts, and wildfires throughout the North American west (as well as similar conflagrations in Siberia, Australia, the…


I don’t like fireworks. Nor do I watch football, or get drunk at barbecues, or fly the flag. So many, quite obviously, might accuse me of being “unamerican” or “unpatriotic.” But bear with me.

When astronaut Edgar Mitchell flew to the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971, he, like all…

Tom Ellis

I am a retired English professor now living in Oregon, and a life-long environmental activist, Buddhist, and holistic philosopher.

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