Monthly Archives: October 2014

Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson; A Memoir

Someone once famously said “democracy is a verb, not a noun.” For a long time I didn’t understand what this meant. Then I read Mary Robinson’s memoir. Mary Robinson is someone that does. And in the doing she has made … Continue reading

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Optimism by Bob Brown; Reflections on a life of action

“Optimism, like pessimism, feeds on itself.”1 Bob Brown is a commonsense radical whose lovely memoir beats off the twin spirits of despondency and despair that whisper, “Why bother?” and “What can you do?” in our ears. His moving and inspiring anecdotes … Continue reading

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