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More resources for understanding the environment, for learning, and for action

More resources on the environment, saving energy, educational resources on earth and space science.

Harassed? Bullied? Now is your chance to Stop Bullying

The STOP BULLYING committee is advocating for legislation to help stop bullying in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our legislators tell us that they need people from all over the Commonwealth to witness and demonstrate that bullying of elders is widespread and needs to be corrected. And we need your ideas!

Stop Bullying! Organize for Non-violent Resistance


Mary lives in a city close to the Pacific Ocean. She has been forced by abuse and bullying to move several times in a vain attempt to find a peaceful home in subsidized housing. Despite her pain and frustration, she bravely continues to seek solutions.

How Bonny stopped the bullying and her "Pearls of Wisdom."

Guest post by Bonny. See Introduction to Bonny's story

Management of Wuthering Heights was part of the problem.

Introduction to "How Bonny stopped the bullying"

First in a series of case studies and personal experiences by seniors living in HUD-subsidized apartments where bullying by other residents or management takes place

How do the trees talk?

In the story for children, A Tree for Max, the King of the Trees talks with all the trees of the forest. But how can that be possible? Can trees really communicate?

I recommend "Another Time, Another Life"

Combining slapstick humor at the expense of lazy cops; international intrigue and espionage at the highest levels of government; and a dose of serious political commentary, the moral of Leif Persson's novel is simple. As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

I recommend this bio of Albert Appel

Farming, music, and a dream: what a great combination for life. Albert Appel is a musician and farmer. His life, an example of nurturing growth, is celebrated with a glowing portrait and a lucid, sensitive biography by Lorelei Sontag.

I recommend "On a day like this."

My grown children amaze and delight me. I learn from them all the time. I am proud, though their achievements and wisdom are their own. I share with you an essay by my daughter, Elana; somehow each of her blog posts touches me. Perhaps you will also find inspiration from her.

Elana's thoughts on 9/11: "On a day like this"

Resources to help stop bullying

This is a collection of references that deal with bullying of and by senior citizens: what it is, how it emerges, how to control and extinguish it, and how to create a better environment.

Stop bullying elders: mission statement

To create a virtual peer-to-peer support network to combat bullying of seniors

  • To provide meaningful peer support for seniors living with bullying in subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled. Including practical ways to empower seniors to protect themselves and to advocate for themselves: we will seek to provide support, information and education, and to share tested ideas.

Stop bullying elderly people in HUD-subsidized housing

A petition for legislation, administrative rules, and oversight to correct the abuse


Elders living in subsidized residences frequently are subject to abuse, harassment, and bullying by other residents and/or by staff. Residents in these out-of-control buildings are constantly under siege from bullying, causing them to suffer from stress and related conditions such as depression, high-blood pressure, stroke, and possibly suicide, and have nowhere to turn for relief. This is a petition seeking legislative and administrative remedies. Please join and help make a difference.

Planning for a sustainable energy future for Mytown

Mytown, a typical small city north of Boston, MA, faces an energy challenge. We now depend largely on carbon-based sources of energy, and these pose major challenges: they are expensive and costs are uncertain, supplies are vulnerable, and the use of fossil fuels threatens society as well as all forms of life through greehnouse gases and global warming. The opportunity is to transition to renewable sources of energy that can save money while reducing harm to the environment.

Aurora heartbreak

Guns that belong in a war zone, movies that glorify violence, and a deranged mind. Result: heartbreak (image of heartbreak)

Dogged Flight, a book by Canaan dog Keren

cover image Dogged Flight

“I have always wanted to fly.” Thus Keren, a nine-year-old female Canaan dog who loves to tell stories (some are true), opens Dogged Flight. Keren tells the secret of how she realised her puppyhood dream of flying with the birds.

A story about our environmental future that you can help write.

Call it climate change, call it global warming, or call it a solution, namely creating a sustainable energy future. I am struggling to tell a story of impending environmental disaster that both informs and motivates. The story is that of disasters that are likely to change the conditions of life for all humans and indeed, everything living on earth, and within the lifetime of my young grandson.

There are many stories and many partial solutions. Proven solutions can apply to any municipality. I have sketched out a range of options and proven pathways to success. Planning for a sustainable energy future for Mytown

To talk about trees

"Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees."— What Kind of Times Are These
By Adrienne Rich. 1929-2012

Why can't our political system deal with climate change?

In the State of the Union, the most powerful man in the world, the President of the United States, was unable to deal with the issue threatening the future of humanity: "The differences in this chamber may be too deep right now to pass a comprehensive plan to fight climate change." I seek to understand how our political system is unable to act on our behalf. As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Report to the King on Max and His Tree

To: The King of the Trees

Grandparents: Do you agree with James Hansen that delay is immoral?

“It would be immoral to leave these young people [grandchildren] with a climate system spiraling out of control.”—Dr. James Hansen

A revolution to preserve a world for grandchildren

I read The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin as part of my search for realistic methods to assure a better world for my grandson, a world facing major environmental degradation that imperils the future of society. Solutions are available, the problem is that we deny the reality and we cannot even have a national debate on the issues because of deep divisions and the political control exerted by the very economic forces that are driving the destruction.

Time, space, and trees that have birthdays

We humans seem to become part of a landscape wherever we are planted, to wear it like a garment or a skin, to possess, and be possessed by the rocks and the trees of our places, and it is incredible to think that we cannot forever inhabit our land or our place.

The best gift for a child

It seems natural for a parent or grandparent to give things to a child. But what gifts will have a lasting impact? The most valuable gift may not be a thing, but a relationship, a value, a skill, or an outlook. I try to create books that can help build those valuable gifts.

Like a flock of birds

Yesterday was the kind of warm sunny day in early December that feels like fall, not winter. Walking with my dog, Keren, past a parochial primary school playground at recess. Kids wrestling, showing off, swooping around in a ball game, chirping and shouting, making playground noises—like a flock of birds. I passed on, down the hill, and then turned back to see what the sudden rise in noise and pitch was all about.

PhotoLuminations announces: A Tree for Max, illustrated kids' book, released for publication today

PhotoLuminations, an imprint of New Technology Publishing, announces the
publication of A Tree for Max, an illustrated fable for children in digital format.

The threat to Shaar Hagai Kennels and Myrna Shiboleth, Israeli breeder of Canaan dogs

Myrna Shiboleth, an American determined to train and breed animals, settled in Israel, became a citizen of Israel, and took up the cause of preserving the Canaan dog. Her home, her family, and her work are threatened.

Creative Kids, in Prehistoric Caves or with an e-reader

Can children learn to be creative in a world of e-readers? Prehistoric children did not run amuck; they went to 'school' in caves where they had art and writing lessons, according to a conference on the Archeology of Childhood.

Elders, awake and organize!

Concerned about the mindless rush to destruction of the planet? Worried about the future for your children and grandchildren? Searching for a way to stop bullying?

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