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California Governor Calls for Caring, Collaboration, and Empathy

Debra Redalia

Gavin Newsom

On 29 May I was watching our governor, Gavin Newsom, on television. Suddenly he departed from his prepared script and made these comments.

Yes, yes, yes! We are all for caring, collaboration, and empathy in government. We’ll be watching to see how he does this.

Passing a law, you’re not solving a problem. You’ve got to change culture. You’ve got to change people’s hearts and minds.

It’s not just laws on the books. We’ve got to fundamentally change who we are and recognize what we are capable of being.

We have a country that predominantly values power, dominance and aggression over care, empathy and collaboration.

The predominant values we seem to be so attracted to as a nation, are not serving us any more. Power, domination, and aggression over caring, collaboration, and empathy.

We would all be wise to consider that we have the capacity to be more caring, to be more empathetic and more collaborative.

Gavin Christopher Newsom
40th governor of California January 2019 to present
49th lieutenant governor of California 2011 to 2019
42nd mayor of San Francisco 2004 to 2011

uite simply, this blog is about orienting ourselves and our lives to life, instead of orienting ourselves and our lives to industrial consumerism. Here we are sharing our own journey. You come too.

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Debra & Larry Redalia
lifepartners + soulmates

For more than 30 years we have been delving into the nature and activities of life together. Indeed, this has been and continues to be the very reason we are together. With delight we research, explore, observe and even wake each other up in the middle of the night to discuss how life functions and how we can function as life—even while living in the modern world. We each are different from the norm, but we are different in the same way, so we have been able to think outside of the ordinary together and find the extraordinary workings of life.

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DEBRA REDALIA, Co-Founder of Lifely, has been researching and writing about lifestlye topics for more than forty years. After her first book on nontoxic consumer products was published in 1984, she went on to be the leader in this field as Debra Lynn Dadd. In June 2019, she retired from writing about toxics and industrial consumer products to establish The Lifely Group with her llifepartner and soulmate Larry Redalia. This next step into life beyond industrialization is the result of a lifetime of research and making lifely changes in her own life that have given her greater health and happiness.