1. The Angels of Our Better Nature Are Alive & Well

    By Jan Roberts After spending more than 40 years of my life as an activist, I set off on a solo road trip across the country to capture the stories of dedicated people making a deep-seated difference for us and our planet. Despite what’s on the news channels, despite the...
  2. Hurricane Irma & Me

    by Jan Roberts Streaming thoughts during Hurricane Irma:     First report of Irma in Atlantic Ocean: “Crap, what a monster, I hope it doesn’t come here”. Irma grazes Puerto Rico and roars into the Caribbean: “These poor islands can’t catch a break.  Concern for residents who have no options…”.little money...
  3. Now Is The Time To Ask What Can I Do?

    Please don’t get overwhelmed by that question. When JFK first posited it in 1960, the implication seemed to be that you/I/we needed to do something pretty big to help our country. I’m thinking a bit smaller. First, it’s important to acknowledge that things are not so hot in the U.S....
  4. Where Do You Fit In: Protester Or Community Builder?

    I was a participant in the Women’s Movement in the 70’s and have remained involved in social, environmental and economic change efforts since then. Although, I may not be an expert on social movements, I have formed an opinion on their process based on my experience. In a nutshell, I...
  5. The Power of Hope is Real for You & for Society

    by Jan Roberts  The power of hope IS real. Hope is the belief that circumstances will get better. It’s not a wish for things to get better — it’s the actual belief, the knowledge that things will get better, no matter how big or small. Hope has the amazing power...
  6. The Women’s March Leads Me To The Earth Charter

      Over one million people participated in the Women’s March in DC  and approximately three million more marched in 600 cities around the country on behalf of women’s rights, human rights, Black Lives Matter, climate change, immigration and diversity, democracy and more. I experienced a Déjà vu when I took...
  7. Remaining Sane in These Times

     Where do I pick up the gauntlet and fight? There are so many battles.  There are not only presidential cabinet nominees that seem, for the most part, interested in eradicating the agencies they are supposed to be serving but it’s also getting impossible to keep up with the presidential directives. For...

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