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The Manipulation of Southern Pride

Originally posted on Thoughts of a Coal Miner:
Stone Mountain, Georgia | Photo by Jim Bowen When I was a teenager, I went to a meeting of the new Sons of Confederate Veterans chapter in my home town. I quickly became caught up in…

Buddhaiku #3

This was inspired by a walking meditation earlier this morning in Culver City with the Organic Garden Sangha. Before setting out for our mindful meander, we read some beautiful selections from our Thây’s, Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh’s, writings.  Sweet lungs of the Earth,…

Buddhaiku #2

​Smile: we’re alive now. Space and time’s cosmic tango Brought us here. Enjoy.

Show your solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers!

Dear friends, The simplest of gestures can speak volumes to those in need. Attacks against Muslims are on the rise, and tragically the current political climate suggests that they won’t be slowing down any time soon. Ask yourself what you can do to stand…

Lessons from History for the Here and Now: Thoughts Inspired by “When Muslims Admired the West and Were Admired Back”

I highly recommend reading this article (link below) by UCLA history professor Nile Green. We need to learn more from the lessons of history as we endeavour to forge mutually enriching ties between Muslims and the “western world” in the present. One of the…

Return to Anza-Borrego: Mother Nature Casts Her Spell

Stopping Islamic fundamentalist violence, in two easy steps

Wanna take the wind out of the sails of Islamic fundamentalists? Easy: 1. Stop invading and dropping “shock and awe” on their homelands. 2. Oh, and stop vilifying and brutalizing their diaspora while you’re at it. If those things seem too difficult to do,…

Edward Snowden meets Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

I wanted to share a favorite quote from this amazing piece of journalism by Arundhati Roy. Please read and share the full original article here! We’re told, often enough, that as a species we are poised on the edge of the abyss. It’s possible…

time = change

change is good. (and it’s inevitable, as an aside) might as well embrace it, and enjoy the ride.

Weekend at Big Bear Lake

Questlove shares the amazing story of meeting Robin Williams in an elevator

Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:
The sad news of Robin Williams apparent suicide at the age of 63 is still settling in. As we fondly remember the movie moments the comedian gave us, others are looking back on how he personally touched their lives.…

Thanksgiving: the keepin’ it real edition…

Roseanne Barr, one of our greatest comediennes and social commentators, has done some truly hilarious and deeply substantive Thanksgiving episodes over the years. I grew up watching her show, and I was happy to discover recently that the LOGO network has syndicated reruns on…

1000 Gratitudes

A personal project to increase happiness by 30%

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