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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”?

“My God, what have we done?” combat soldiers sometimes gasp as they see those they or comrades just killed, especially when they include innocent children, women, and other civilians. “We knew that we killed them/…the terrified mother/ clutching terrified child,” writes former Lieutenant Michael Parmeley in his poem “Meditation on Being a Baby Killer.” In […]

By December 28, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Veterans Explore “Moral Injury”

Veterans Explore “Moral Injury”

  Our Veterans Writing Group met the morning after Pearl Harbor Day for our regular winter gathering, as we have convened seasonally for twenty years. Two dozen of us came from throughout Northern California to a spacious redwood home in the Sebastopol countryside. “Nobody wins a war. There are victors, but you lose the youth […]

By December 17, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Free Speech & Leadership at Sonoma State University: Practice What You Teach!

Free Speech & Leadership at Sonoma State University: Practice What You Teach!

    By Shepherd Bliss The creation of the Mario Savio Speakers’ Corner this semester was my favorite event during my five years at Sonoma State University. It was a good example of what is taught in SSU’s Foundations of Leadership course, UNIV. 238, which I taught for three years. The dynamic Savio was a […]

Bloggers for Movember

Bloggers for Movember

A few years back, I was invited to join the Movember Digital Challenge – led by Canadian social media maverick Sean Moffitt, and Movember co-founder Adam Garone –  as the Montreal chapter’s captain. Our mission was simple: to create a buzz and raise awareness/money on the digital networks for the fight against prostate cancer. The […]

By October 19, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Deadly Women by Davina Odebunmi

Deadly Women by Davina Odebunmi

Could you imagine standing over another human being that you have chosen to stab to death over 77 times or have been able to shoot multiple times? It is quite hard to do so without feeling a tremendous amount of guilt or shame. There are several reasons why such thoughts would stir up such emotions, […]

Gratitude to Trees

Gratitude to Trees

  (Written as a guide to prepare students from two classes—“Place and Identity” and “Conservation Biology”–for a walk into the woods beyond Dominican University of California.)                                         Morning: Listening Trees transform, shield, shade and provide oxygen, fruit, and beauty. They offer many other gifts. Without trees, humans would not survive. Through the magical process of […]

By September 14, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Green-washing “Sustainablity”

Green-washing “Sustainablity”

  by Shepherd Bliss “Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does “sustainability” really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that are not sustainable. Genuine sustainability must be evidence-based. But language can be used to […]

By September 3, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Small Town Sebastopol vs. Big Chase Bank/CVS/Armstrong Developer

Small Town Sebastopol vs. Big Chase Bank/CVS/Armstrong Developer

[media-credit id=2 align=”aligncenter” width=”275″][/media-credit]  By Shepherd Bliss   Small town Sebastopol residents in Northern California have been waging a fierce David vs. Goliath struggle against the powerful Chase Bank, CVS Pharmacy, and Armstrong Development for two years. The implications of this struggle extend beyond this one town, as big business continues to seek to expand […]

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