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Podcast interview with Penny

Posted on: May 4th, 2019 by PennyGill No Comments

Sorry I didn’t manage to include the link. I sure tried! Mine is #66.

New Conversation with Penny Gill about What in the World Is Going On

Posted on: May 1st, 2019 by PennyGill 3 Comments

Patricia Pearce and I had a rich conversation about some of the main ideas in the book, What in the World Is Going On? You can find it here at this link, to her web page: my interview is #66

A New Year and a New Blog

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 by PennyGill 2 Comments

Hello, everyone…It’s been a long time since I last wrote here. Retirement is now behind me, and I am beginning a wonderful adventure – I will spend this winter, this new year, on my beloved Madeline Island. I’ve been busy getting my little house ready for the long, tough winter out here in the middle of Lake Superior. It will be a season of reading, writing, and settling into the presence of this stunning lake, this world of the north. I will be held within the warmth of the island community and my precious friends near and far. I’m wondering how all this will shape me and my understandings of these stunning journeys of ours and of our lives in these difficult and challenging times. After all: what in the world is going on??? I hope you will join me!

Reading at 2PM!

Posted on: March 26th, 2017 by PennyGill No Comments

So sorry I forgot to include the time for my reading from What in the World Is Going On?

Sunday, April 2, 2017


White Square Books
Cottage St
Easthampton, MA

Reading April 2

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by PennyGill No Comments

Please join me for a reading and conversation about What in the World Is Going On?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

White Square Books
Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA

It is a stunning small bookshop; come to enjoy the ambience and the company!

Penny Gives 2 Book Readings in January 2017

Posted on: December 18th, 2016 by PennyGill No Comments

Please join me if you are in the area; I will be reading from What in the World Is Going On?

Friday, January 13, 2017 7PM
Northshire Books
4869 Main St
Manchester Center, VT 05255

Friday, January 20, 2017 7PM
Northshire Books
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Video of reading at the Odyssey Bookshop

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by PennyGill No Comments

I am delighted to write, that a video of my reading at the Odyssey Bookshop in May is now available on the web site; just click on Videos, and you will find it there. I was honored that Joanne Creighton introduced me, and my colleagues at Mt Holyoke College and I had a spirited conversation about the book. Enjoy!

Reminder: I’m reading from my new book at the Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, Thursday, May 7, 4:30.

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by PennyGill 2 Comments


Two New Events

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by PennyGill No Comments

I’m happy to report that I will be signing books in Denver, Colorado and South Hadley, Massachusetts, in the next several weeks.  Here is the information. I would so enjoy meeting you!

Hay House’s huge annual convention in Denver, Colorado, April 24-26, 2015, at the Denver Conference Center.

The Odyssey Bookshop in So Hadley, MA, will hold an event for me, reading and discussion of What in the World Is Going On? on Thursday, May7, 2015, at 4:30 PM.

Which Place on Earth Do You Most Love?

Posted on: April 12th, 2015 by PennyGill No Comments

I’ve been discussing Naomi Klein’s superb new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, with my first-year Mt Holyoke College students.  Klein argues that our only hope of really solving the terrifying consequences of climate change is to radically change how capitalism functions today, both in the US and the world.

In the first 2/3 of the book Klein shows the intricate relationships between the corporate drive for profits and growth and a political system increasingly serving that corporate agenda.  In the last third, Klein reports on the myriad examples of local resistance, of local communities around the world organizing to protect their land, water, air, and lives from the destruction caused by the hunt for ever more fossil fuels.  People mount this stunning resistance our of love for their own place on earth.  Their love for their land and their community dissolves their fear of corporate invasions, threats, and claims over their land and resources.

Last week I asked my students to be quiet for a few moments and to think of a place on earth they so love, they would fight to protect it.  To my dismay, only about half of them could identify a beloved place.  And I was saddened as well; how can one live in this challenging world without a beloved place?

It resonated deeply for me with Manjushri’s teaching about the relationships between fear and love.  So much of our self-destructive behavior arises from fear.  Fear must be addressed with kindness and clarity, and love and compassion are far more powerful energies than fear.  It is a deep truth well born our in Klein’s powerful new book.

The Place I love

The Place I love