Author Archives: Maren

November benefit for Standing Rock

Wow, are we living in tumultuous times.  The US presidential election is upon us, and the political season feels more frenzied and dark than I can ever recall, with most Americans (not to mention others around the globe) feeling some … Continue reading

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Opening to vulnerable communication about race

I don’t need to tell you that we are living in fraught and stressful times. In the USA, we are facing a Presidential election that promises to be bitter and disappointing for most Americans. The nation is focusing on huge … Continue reading

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Dream Into Change salons coming up + a new Meetup group!

Hello, fellow culture shifters! After a bit of a hiatus during the winter months, the Dream Into Change salons are back! I wanted to let you know about three upcoming ones in the Portland area, but I’m also looking to … Continue reading

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Inviting the power of empathy into our lives

When I meet people socially, and they learn that I run a professional empathetic listening practice, I hear a wide range of responses.  Some people are confused, not sure what that entails.  Some are surprised.  (“Wow, people pay you to … Continue reading

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Honored to be featured on InspireMeToday.com

Hello, all! Just a quick note today: I’m thrilled and honored to have a piece of my writing featured as “Today’s Brilliance” on the website InspireMeToday.com. This daily feature showcases “everyday” writers as well as some celebrities, such as Richard … Continue reading

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The Dream Into Change Salon… and a new tour?

  On Thursday, July 30th, I hosted the inaugural Dream Into Change Salon, and now I’m really excited to host more of them, both here and elsewhere. The salon—a free event—is a place for us culture shifters to come together … Continue reading

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Trusting my pace, in a Portland summer

    Do you struggle sometimes? I’m guessing you do. I struggle sometimes. I struggle with life in general (existential ponderings have always been a part of my daily life) and also with this Dream Into Change Practice. (When is … Continue reading

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Interview: Mike Farmer and his Living End Saloon vegan pub dream

I met Mike Farmer about fifteen years ago. A friend of a high school classmate of mine, we first connected over our shared geeky love of progressive rock music. (Mike was even in a prog band at the time!) Over … Continue reading

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Interview: Anne Berry and Angela Jacobus, Travel That Matters

Travel That Matters (tagline: “Be more than a typical tourist”) is a mother-and-daughter-owned company that caters to adventurous women in the United States, aiming to connect them in a meaningful way with nature, local economies, and women in the countries … Continue reading

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Successful campaign: Amtrak to offer vegan meals on the dining car!

Well, we did it!! Yesterday, I spoke on the phone with Tom Hall, Amtrak’s VP of Customer Service, and Gary Gunderson, head of their Food and Beverage Services department. Mr. Hall had received helpful letters from a number of you, … Continue reading

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