Lucie’s first lesson in activism. Redbud Woods rally at Cornell.

A friend shared his memories of listening to this song a few times in with Rob while reflecting on life, death, mediation, and transition. 

From Buffalo Dreams by Robyn Young

For the Children

The rising hills, the slopes, of statistics
lie before us.
The steep climb

of everything, going up, up, as we all
go down.

in the next century
or the one beyond that, they say,
are valley, pastures,
we can meet there in peace if we make it.

To climb these coming crests one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together learn the flowers go light

On this sad day, black clouds pouring in the east over River Bend, when bright LIGHT suddenly broke thru from the west, opening the most briiliant iridescent double rainbow I’ve ever seen—from his beloved home along the big river—our Willamette—Rob passing thru Rainbow Valley, beyond—

The first stage in The Bardo—bursting into Light, in letting go….

– From a friend in Oregon

Rob and his students featured as Changemakers in this video through his work with Green Cities in the Cornell summer program.

From Buffalo Dreams by Robyn Young


You can go and live with your grandmothers in the sun,

to find yourself, in their bright aeolian radiance

where the blinding light of a million worlds will

explode around you,

ignite outside your tight covered eyes.

And I will stay behind on muddy earth,

plying clay and rough granite,

making fire by rubbing sticks sweet

friction and scattered sparks and a small blaze

bursting from my hands

Rob introducing his legendary Green Cities course. Cornell University Summer Session