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In Memory

This site is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, Jim Koplin, to help connect and share our memories of this truly amazing man.


After the harvest — learning to leave the planet gracefully

By Robert Jensen · Published June 13, 2014 at Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of no return, I think back to a conversation 25 years ago that helps me put…

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Living your life honestly

by Robert Jensen “Good teaching is living your life honestly in front of students.” I don’t recall exactly when Jim Koplin first told me that, but I know that he had to say it several times before I began to understand what he meant. Koplin was that kind of teacher—always honing in on simple, but…

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Gifts from Mr. Koplin

Sarah Claassen Thank you, Mr. Koplin, for everything you have shared with me. Your bumper crop of cherries, sunny Friday afternoons in the garden, good stories, and the news about town. Most of all, thank you for living a deeply good life and showing me what it means to work hard, learn constantly, live wisely…

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to be of use

Soozin Hirschmugl jim is to me what this poem is to the world… he has been my adoptive father, my mentor, my mache’ teacher, my stead fast reminder to look deeper, ask more questions and keep in mind the humus and all that grows … he was the sower of seeds.. and a great, great,…

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A memory

Richard Spratt I always enjoyed watching Jim walk the neighborhood with his hands and arms resting behind his back. My son Zo just commented ” he was a nice man ” it is people like Jim who make a neighborhood a better space for all who are part of this place called Powderhorn.

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