Ideas, Essays, and Travels

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This is my “unblog,” wherein I expand on certain excerpts from the book that focus on ecological sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment, and where I post interviews and stories of people doing good work in the world. I’ve also included some posts about my travels as I give talks at various events as well as lessons for Sunday services at churches.

I call it an unblog because writing is hard for me—I will work for about an hour to get three small paragraphs of writing to a point where I begin to like it.

So instead of trying to do a weekly blog, instead of churning out “content” (I hate that term) that would necessarily be substandard, I’ve chosen to write what I can, when I can, without the pressure of arbitrary deadlines. I hope more useful and enjoyable entries emerge as a result.

—DC

 

Six Ways to Get Over Feeling Overwhelmed

David Christopher

I’ve disappeared from writing essays and sending out semi-regular email “newsletters”—disappeared along with so many writers, speakers, coaches, and everyone else who has tried to follow the admonitions of our marketing folks to put ourselves […]

Guest Essay: Do Birds Sing?

David Christopher

During my last trip to Los Angeles, Cheryl Leutjen and I put on a workshop entitled “From Eco-Angst to Eco-Engagement: Navigating Your Path Through the Global Crises of Our Time with Integrity, Love and Grace.” […]

Excerpt: “We Are Not At the Eleventh Hour, We Are At *The* Hour”

David Christopher

. From the chapter entitled “The Journey through the Great Transformation” One of the most difficult things I face day-to-day, as I talk about in my “Valley of Darkness” essay, is how to live one’s […]

Excerpt: “I Didn’t See Any Sexism in High School”

David Christopher

  From the chapter entitled “Personal Story” For someone like me, who comes from a place of privilege in confronting the ecological issues of our time, it was a real eye-opener to realize that the […]

Excerpt: “The Smallest Vessel”

David Christopher

. From the chapter entitled “Connecting with the Infinite” I started to write this particular piece (which appears at the end of the book) as a response to the notion I kept hearing in the […]

Excerpt: Beauty and the New Story

David Christopher

. From the chapter entitled “The Essences of the Web of Life” This particular piece came to me as I was studying some basics of what’s called “Ecoliteracy,” which is a holistic approach to understanding natural […]

Cheryl Leutjen, her Daughter, and Iron Jawed Angels

David Christopher

Cheryl Leutjen was kind enough to host a living room reading of  The Holy Universe at her home in Los Angeles in June 2014. She calls herself, among other things, a “geologist, environmental law attorney, […]

Four Ways of Looking at Catastrophic Climate Change, and What They’re All Missing

David Christopher

We’re in the middle of our takeoff roll when the red “door open” light flashes on the CAP panel. According to the light, the main door on the left side of the aircraft’s fuselage is […]

David’s Travels to Los Angeles

David Christopher

Something that sunk in more than ever on this trip was how deeply some readers resonate with the messages in The Holy Universe, and how much they were willing to help spread the word about […]

I Do Not Know What to Make of Memorial Day

David Christopher

While it might seem off-topic when considering my typical work, this piece reflects some of the struggles I have in living in the world of Modern Mind. You can hear a shorter version of this […]

Julia Ward Howe: “Appeal to Womanhood Throughout the World”

David Christopher

This is from the Wikipedia site (accessed 5/12/14): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Day_Proclamation. I think the Sage would agree with her sentiments. —D • • • The “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world”[1] (later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation”) […]

The Holy Universe wins Silver in the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards

David Christopher

Last week I opened up an email that said: “Congratulations—your book is a 2014 Nautilus Silver Winner!” They used words like “outstanding book” and “proud to have you.” And they had a list of other […]

“Interview”—Laura Babbitt visits “The Gardening Gals,” writes “Tao’s Travels”

David Christopher

My good friend and supporter Laura Babbitt went to interview two women about their work in turning their home into a permaculture site—and was floored by what she saw. Instead of an interview, what came […]

David’s Travels to the East Coast

David Christopher

While in Boston, New York, and Cape Cod the last two weeks, I wrote about my encounters and events on Facebook. This way of writing was a stretch for me (using a tiny phone screens, […]

Interview—Kozo Hattori: When Compassion Emerges from the Winter of the Soul

David Christopher

by Laura Babbitt Could you find good in childhood physical abuse, unemployment and a failing marriage? Kozo Hattori has. Under the stress of losing a job and a near fatally strained marriage, Hattori’s world was […]

David’s Travels to Boulder

David Christopher

I’m just back from Boulder, Colorado doing a video shoot at Gaiam TV (isn’t this driver that they sent to pick me up the spitting image of the Jeff Bridges’ “The Dude” character in The […]

Excerpt: “Ancient Prophecies”

David Christopher

. .“There are those .         raised within the story .                of Ancient Mind, .        who see the value of what Modern Mind .                has to offer .        and who recognize the need . […]

Excerpt: “The Young Story”

David Christopher

. .“This story of the Universe,” .        said the Sage, .        “is a young story; it is changing .                as we discover and rediscover more .                        about ourselves, .                        our planet, .                        our galaxy, .                        […]

“Mind Your Stories”

David Christopher

I created this piece for the Inspire Me Today website. Mind your stories. Mind your stories; question them often. .      Nourish those that serve. Change those that do not. Far easier said than done, yes? […]

The Hazards of Certainty

David Christopher

When I flew as an airline pilot, we didn’t debate how certain we were that there was indeed a problem when a little red light came on—the consequences if we ignored the warning and were […]

Reader Compliment

David Christopher

A nice posting from Wendy Noah: “Talk about blessings! My friend who has been called ‘a Kahlil Gibran for the 21st century’, David Christopher, has gifted me with an Advance Reader’s Copy of his soon-to-be […]

Can Green Consumerism Work? Apparently . . .

David Christopher

RT @amazonwatch: RT @RnfrstAlliance: http://t.co/E4awqHJmsm: “Study after study is showing how green consumers are making a difference.” – Prez Tensie Whelan “Critics of sustainable certification and labeling programs often have fair points, but they miss […]

Excellent Trailer for Rainforest Film

David Christopher

Excellent trailer for documentary on the Amazon @zoetryon (Zoë Tryon) is pulling together – worth a few minutes of your time! http://ow.ly/o4v0H  : “With a working title of  ‘When a tree fall in the forest….’ […]

An Inappropriate “Inappropriate content” flagging by Facebook

David Christopher

“Inappropriate content” story from Zoë Tryon ‘s facebook timeline: “Today when I went to log into this account – I was told I had posted inappropriate /offensive material that had to be removed by Facebook […]

Paul Hawken: “A Movement of Movements”

David Christopher

I absolutely love this video of Paul Hawken, speaking at Bioneers in 2005. He speaks of a spontaneous emergence of 130,000 ecological and social justice organizations springing up across Earth to address all the challenges […]

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