Friday, June 5, 2020


This past week, I've asked myself questions:

Is this the right time to be writing a blog about art and nature?
Should I instead be expressing my opinion about the depth and causes of the multiple crises we are in?
What side of history do I want to be on?
What can one person do? How can I best listen?

To answer the first question, I have been encouraged by many readers who have told me how much these posts mean to them, giving them a quiet moment of peace. I treasure that.

To the second question, I will leave editorials to writers like Rebecca Solnit and fellow blogger, Chandra Lynn. Please read Chandra Lynn's post that starts with Dear Friend: Racism, Outrage, Resistance and Faith. She speaks to the heart of living while black in America:

Not writing about racism, politics or solutions doesn't mean that I can put my blinders back on and think that we are making the changes we need to make towards racial justice. Sure, we have made progress from the Civil Rights era, but that progress has been glacial owing to people like me with my white silence.

As a young woman, I took the easy way and became an advocate for woman's rights to ensure that women and girls received equal education and opportunities. The harder way would have been to include anyone at a disadvantage and advocate for equal rights for everyone. I also know my limitations, so I look for small ways to make change. I encourage friends to support what works for them, I write letters and postcards to my representatives, and I encourage people to register to vote. I now can stand up to people when I think they are wrong.

I feel that if each of us who wants to see a better America takes one step each day, each week, each month, we can stand up for what we believe in. We can sit down and listen. We can stand up for others. We can silence the bullies around us.

And we can vote as if our lives depended on it.

2020 Women's March

We can also accept that we don't know enough. I searched this week for good articles and books on racial justice, community policing and the effects of small actions. Here's what I found:

Racial Justice:

Little Things can make a difference:

Community Policing:

Read these books:
White Fragility by Dr. Robin diAngelo
Dear Church by Lenny Duncan
and click on my Book Lists link to find more

Here is a list of organizations that I found that I feel could support. I hope you will take the time to either support these groups or find a local group that is working for the heart of America.

Racial Justice:
Color of Change:
Minnesota Freedom Fund:
Northside Achievement Zone (Minneapolis):

California Farmworkers:
Ayudando Latinos a Sonar - Half Moon Bay:
Farmworker Justice:

Native Americans:
Native American Rights Fund:
First Nations:

Streetbooks:  A mobile book shop serving people who love outside in Portland. Look at their website. You will have to smile.

And because arts are important and are always first on the list to be defunded,
write your representatives to continue to support the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):
Americans for the Arts:
Kala Art Institute, Oakland, CA:


And remember
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Lorenzo Dean, Eric Reason, Christopher McCorvey, Christopher Whitfield, Atatiana Jefferson, Dominique Clayton, Pamela Turner, Botham Jean, Antwon Rose II, Stephon Clark, Ronell Foster, Aaron Bailey, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Ahmaud Arbery, and more.


  1. From Mary by email: This was so thoughtful and so appropriate right now. Thank you for putting it all down into words. You’re so good at this.

  2. from Toni: I marched for both civil rights & women’s liberation: we are no stronger than our weakest link. When we do stand up, we also stand up for bettering the condition of our world.

    1. Thank you, Toni, for your words and for your actions to create equality and justice.

  3. from Mona by email.: I was so grateful to read your blog today. I couldn't have said more eloquently myself. I totally believe that we are each trying to make a difference. And please do not stop writing about art and nature. We need to nourish our souls. Thanks, Martha! Your list of resources is great!

    1. Thank you, Mona, for your kind words. They mean a lot, coming from you. I hope the list of resources will help people make choices.

  4. Your banner image channels my feelings perfectly! Thank you for the resources, and please keep refreshing our souls with your art and nature posts.

  5. Thank you, Teresa, for your encouragement.I'm keeping on with writing!


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