Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

Our Shared Humanity: Can We See Ourselves In Today’s Refugee Crisis?

Can we see our shared humanity when we look into the eyes of those who are suffering in refugee camps? That’s the question Dave Dvorak asks — and sings about — after returning from serving as a volunteer physician helping those displaced by bombs and war. Read more about his incredible journey, how you can support these efforts, and to remember that no one chooses to be a refugee. Continue reading

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At A Loss For Words

As we close out 2016 we find ourselves at a loss for words…so much is turned upside down and inside out. What more can be said that hasn’t already been said by prophetic voices in the recent and not-so-recent past. We defer to the wisdom voices we have talked to or featured since this journey began in hopes they keep you inspired in 2017. Continue reading

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A Wrong Turn Took Us Down Progressive Memory Lane

An unexpected turn down an Illinois highway brought us to the home of one of America’s greatest progressive voices. Read about our surprise stop and remember with us when the words “public servant” were used to describe the leaders of our political parties. Continue reading

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Ignoring The Problem Will Not Make It Go Away

Forget Donald Trump. There are other voices — far more sane and intelligent on the topic — who speak to the problem of electronic voting in this country. Know the difference between non-existent “voter fraud” and the reality of the threat of election tampering. Some things in life should take time — like accurately counting votes for our elections. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Continue reading

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Who Better To Lead ‘Our Revolution’

Are we finally listening to the wisdom voices of the Native American peoples who have been trying to get us to listen to them for hundreds of years? The intersection of Native American spirituality, the hashtag #NoDAPL and ‘our revolution.” Continue reading

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‘We Are Not Made For War’: Will we let our 2016 presidential campaign turn into a 1960’s game show?

Those of us who grew up in the 1960s watching TV game shows may recall one of the classics: You Don’t Say. The show’s sign off from host Tom Kennedy went something like… “Remember, it’s not what you say that … Continue reading

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Keeping That “Vigor” Alive Today

Today marks John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday. For those of us “young” enough to remember the vibrant presidency of the youngest man elected president of the United States, it’s hard to imagine what JFK would be like had he lived … Continue reading

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1776 & 2016: Is Anybody There?

American history and Broadway plays are once again a current topic with the smash hit Hamilton. We take a look though to an earlier play, 1776, and one of its prophetic songs “Is Anybody There” as we look at what awaits the Bernie Sanders drive for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Political revolutions don’t happen in one election cycle or in one year. A look back at 1776 and its relevance today. Continue reading

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Remembering The ‘Joan of Arc’ Of The Early Conservation Movement

Many of us know about the great John Muir and Rachel Carson and the contributions they made and their work on environmental and conservation issues of their day. But how many of us know about the “link” between those two icons. We take a look at the “Joan of Arc” of her day and the work she did to preserve a better world for the generations that followed. Continue reading

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Fix It: What We Do When Something Is Broken

We look to our business leaders to provide innovative solutions and Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries, Inc. is doing just that. When faced with rising health insurance costs dramatically impacting his bottom line, he set out to find out just why that was. The result: A fabulously produced documentary that dramatically talks to the need for a single payer health care delivery system to help business as well as individuals. Continue reading

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