Community

Rites of Passage & Community By Mike Bodkin, ROP Director   Life is rooted in a matrix of community relationships, communities of both the living and non-living (minerals, water, soil, sun) creating  a complex network that supports our human existence along with that of all life.  Everything is dependent on the health of our planet–for water,…

Bears

Bears by Tom Anderson   According to a new CNN poll, seventy-three percent of Americans said that they were somewhat or very scared about the way things were going in the United States, even though they also said that things were going fine for themselves personally.  Think about that for a moment:  Seventy-three percent of…

Parents at the Threshold

Parents at the Threshold By Alison DeLong   My son’s first birthday was a joyous event this month.  Deserving equal celebration, my husband and I toasted our glasses, in a humble honoring, for surviving our first year as parents.  Stunned by the quick passage of time, I remembered last year’s pregnancy culminating in the monumentally…

Youth Quest

Youth Quest: Dreaming this World into Being by Steven Encinas   Coming down off the mountain, a fire of passion and personal power radiated from their eyes and smiles.  This brilliance was met by the morning sun that was simultaneously rising from the East.  Both sources of light danced together in the magic of dawn,…

Youth and Elders

Youth and Elders   A few years ago, I applied for some public funding for a program based on rite of passage principles.  The funder told me that they were looking for more “youth development” programs that would have young people leading young people in various ways.  They didn’t understand our emphasis on “guiding,” or creating…