Visiting other parts
of our planet home,
engaging with other parts
of this living organism
is a privilege
and there are always
learnings.
Reflecting then
on a train ride from Kansas
to California,
a week in Los Angeles
and five days in Portland, Oregon…
Most important to me,
at this time,
are two things:
coming to know that
we are all
part of one living organism
and
living out of that understanding
so that we can let go
our fear of other
and live in such a way
that all life on the planet
can thrive.
I saw instances
where that is happening
and where it is not.
This will always be the case.

I am grateful for everyone
who rode the train,
showed kindness and respect to one another
and for stories shared.
It seems obvious
that one thing we could do in this country
to make life on the planet healthier
is rebuild our rail system.
Doing so would provide jobs,
decrease carbon in the atmosphere,
give us the opportunity to engage
with one another as we travel,
slow us down.

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I am grateful for the city of Portland
and its people
who are profoundly appreciative of our natural home,
who have courageously committed deeply to living
lightly, sustainably,
and showing us
we can do this.

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I am grateful for close contact
with people in Los Angeles.
Life in the city
is a stark contrast
to the isolation of the country life.
It is a tension
in my life—
for I love both
and neither is perfect.
This will always be the case.
I admire people who live in the city
and love it
and find ways to do it.
I am grateful to Will and Thais
for sharing their life
and their small Hollywood space
with me;
for Max and his Mother Dough Naples pizza
—the best I have ever eaten;
go to Mother Dough Pizza, if you can;
for reunions with long-time friends
and meeting new friends;
for the bloomings—
everywhere—
and the art
in L.A.;
for the beauty and power
of the ocean
and its delicious fruits.
Big learning for me:
there is no perfect place:
so,
be
fully aware
where you are;
and wherever you are,
live
so that all
thrive.