In most of the world, the most extravagant and magnificent cultural festivals and holidays come near the end of the year. They bring joy, togetherness and a communal feeling of love and warmth; in the Northern hemisphere, these celebrations serve to lift our spirits just as the cold winter weather sets in. The excitement and anticipation of the holidays, in the days... read more
Supermarkets are the front lines in a war you may not even know is being waged. You see battle lines drawn in the aisles where there are wide expanses of conventionally grown produce, with separate smaller bins for organic produce, often at higher prices. Both sides claim to have humanity, the environment, and your health as their... read more
...Today, in the silence, in the black and light behind my closed eyes, I have stopped running away. Freedom comes from this step alone, from simply accepting responsibility for what I have done. And, in this awareness, this act of seeing, they evaporate, sizzle away to nothing, like vampires turned to ashes in the burning sunrise of my gaze... read more
Fireflies begin their dance in the wildflowers, grasshoppers sway on the bracken; the sun sets as we light the fire for our dance, our time. Tonight is our night. Guests appear in the thicket one by one as if by magic, as if we have all heard the same voice calling us to this place, this time. You aren't sure how you knew to come, or how you found the path; you almost didn’t come, but now you are here... read more
Real blues, in a voice, a chord, or a single soulful note of a 100-year-old harp or an angelic electric guitar is liquid emotion, a drop of pure life. It makes the distance between hearts, minds and time disappear. The blues is not a self-indulgent celebration of sadness; it is a celebration of life without a filter, of humanity without a mask. There are joyful blues, laughing, stomping, swinging and grinding... read more
Babu: What's better than a catapult?
Mommy: I don't know. What?
Babu: A dogapult!
Mommy: Why are you putting your jacket on the computer?
Babu: Because it's frozen!
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The afternoon sun burns red in the smoky Colorado sky, its rays crackling through the clouds like varicose veins. The smoke from the massive southern Coloradan West Fork Complex Fire not only blankets most of the state, but, according to NASA, it can be seen from space, and it reached European airspace on June 24.
Most residents of the American Southwest don’t complain... read more
Are you disillusioned, disgruntled, disgusted or otherwise disappointed in this world? Or are you a fully awakened and enlightened Buddha with a lingering attachment for live music and banana lassis? Either way, listen closely, and book your plane ticket to the Himalayas, because you have just found directions to the light at the end of the tunnel-- or, to be exact... read more