Mary DeMocker

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Hillary Will (Probably) Lose for Reasons Only Trump T-shirt Hawkers Dare Mention

Trump supporters’ T-shirts and signs scream out the vulnerabilities making Hillary–and her husband–dangerous gambles for Democrats desperate for a winning nominee.

My first instinct was to join demonstrators outside Trump’s Eugene rally, but since protests only fuel his fire, I decided instead to reconnoiter, look really bored, and try not to get beaten up. Wearing the 350.org shirt that outs me as a climate activist, I left the nice local cops at the gate and gave myself over to Trump security inside a “private” (read free speech-less) venue. The line crawled past monster trucks that flew giant Trump banners, and vendors hawking “Hillary for Prison” and “Trump that Bitch!” T-shirts.

It’s the Killing Season: Get the Glue Gun

We’ve arrived at February, the month that demands only one thing: Survive me.   Holiday bills are overdue, summer is impossibly far off, and daffodils haven’t yet trumpeted their certainty that you’ll even make it through  winter. The forecast promises cold and gray, and icy stairs lead to broken bones. Onions rot,...

Bundy Didn’t Just Seize My Bird Refuge

He Hijacked My Brain.   I don’t know what’s happening to me. I study Gandhi. I’ve always steered my kids from violence in word, deed, and entertainment, nixing bloody comics and first-person shooter games. I also deplore real-world slaughter, especially if unleashed by my government, like at Birmingham, Kent State, or Waco. I...

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On Fragility

I’m starting a new series about things that delight, surprise, or  amuse me. They make my heart leap and remind me that life on Planet Earth is dazzling and that countless earthly and human creations –and sometimes co-creations–are worth my humble Climate Mom rescue efforts. Everything on this page is fragile...

My Dysfunctional Form of Prayer

Thanks Melissa Hart, who invited me to partake in the Writing Process Blog Tour where writers answer 4 questions:   What are you working on? Articles that encourage people to don the hero's cape for planet Earth. Today I'll finish an interactive front lawn Halloween installation that involves our apple trees. I recently...

Scared of jail. Terrified of the alternative.

Why I may have to leave my pillow-top to go shiver in an orange jumpsuit Last Wednesday at the Eugene Federal Building, I delivered, along with two dozen other climate activists, a letter to Those In Charge. What did I write to denizens of the shiny behemoth that seems better suited...

Diagnosis: I’m sorry, but you have . . . global warming

Since my Sun interview with Kathleen Dean Moore on “The Moral Urgency of Climate Change” hit newsstands and the web, I’ve received passionate responses from both friends and strangers. Most applaud Kathy’s unflinching critique of Big Oil and the politicians they control. Many appreciate how she circles back, always, to love....

“Frankenstorm”: Freak weather or angry gods?

My attention is riveted on the YMCA’s news monitor as I step and sweat on my elliptical machine. Usually I try to ignore the football games, talking heads, and any image of Romney. But today, the cloud whorls on those cartoon-ish meteorological maps churn over the northeast, where 90% of...

Teachers and Mountaintops

It’s seven a.m. on a school day and I write from atop Mt. Pisgah.  The sun burns through the early morning haze enough for a glimpse of real mountains—snow-capped Cascades—that heft themselves over these hills. The steep climb and dew-misted wildflowers lift my spirits so high, I can’t help but...