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STILL OUT ON A LIMB

Out on a Limb, Take three

"Out on a Limb" started as a weekly column I wrote in my college newspaper, "The Earlham Post," in the mid-1960’s. I got a kick out of crafting weekly essays, especially since the views I presented often scandalized my readership. I think the paper’s editor would have fired me if the controversies I provoked hadn’t increased student interest. After one column, Earlham’s President called me into his office and suggested that I transfer. I did.

In 2009, I revived the decades-old title for my Executive Director’s blog on the Rosenberg Fund for Children website. I changed it to "Out on a Limb Together," adding the word “together” because although my views remained well to the left of the mainstream, I was more in tune with the RFC community I was addressing than my college readership. Frankly, I wasn’t at all sure I’d like blogging, but after posting more than 200 essays I didn’t want to stop.

So this is take three. I handed the Executive Director job to my daughter Jenn a few weeks ago, and I’m anxious to start writing commentary once again. This time, I’ll call it "Still Out on a Limb." I plan to blog about human rights, civil liberties, discrimination and economic justice. But I’ve also become increasingly concerned about how we interact with our natural world. I became fascinated with the weather when I was eight years old, and now am studying climate change and resource depletion. I am deeply worried about how these issues will impact my grandchildren’s quality of life and want to engage in what may be the most important political struggle of the coming decades.

Please join me in my third venture. I welcome your comments.
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