January 23, 2022

Out near Port Angeles, Washington, the Elwha river winds through the Olympic peninsula. The river meets the ocean where the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has…

This week, a mostly-white jury found Ahmaud Arbery's lynch mob guilty of his assault, kidnapping, and murder. A few days earlier, a different jury found…

Many of us spend our entire lives simmering in white dominant culture. These days, so many people are working to change the balance of society.…

movie poster for the 1983 film Born in Flames
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lessons from ‘born in flames’

this is a collaborative post: concepts and words by James Martinez and josh martinez. This is blog post number 100 on be the future! I'm…

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looking future 2021

I've written almost 100 blog posts for be the future. When I started this blog, I didn't know what would come from it. I've been…

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lessons from ‘born in flames’

this is a collaborative post: concepts and words by James Martinez and josh martinez. This is blog post number 100 on be the future! I'm so grateful that I can share it with my husband James. During the pandemic they instilled in me a love of movies older than the…

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blow up the dam

Out near Port Angeles, Washington, the Elwha river winds through the Olympic peninsula. The river meets the ocean where the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has lived since time immemorial. More than 80% of the river exists within the Olympic National Park, one of my favorite parks in the country. For…

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finding robert moses

New Yorkers and urban planners will know Robert Moses without thinking. For the rest of us, Robert Moses designed and built public works for decades in the New York metropolitan area. Jason Haber summarizes his impact in the New York area like so: His accomplishments bestride New York: 416 miles…

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looking future 2021

I've written almost 100 blog posts for be the future. When I started this blog, I didn't know what would come from it. I've been online in some form for more than two thirds of my life. I've been a writer for even longer. I decided to do a little…

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playing favorites 2021

A few years ago I committed to myself that I would read more books. It began as a way to counter the nonstop doomscrolling that will come to define my generation. It later became a habit I look forward to: a relaxing way to wind down before I go to…

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