contemplations

FROM EXTERNALS TO INTERNALS: Replacing religion with primal spirituality

FROM EXTERNALS TO INTERNALS: Replacing religion with primal spirituality

David Karchere, the director of the Sunrise Ranch spiritual community where I live, recently posed this question in a talk he gave...
July 7, 2014 × 8 comments

transformative travel

Considered one of the most impressive of dzongs in Bhutan, Punakha Dzong is the second oldest and second largest dzong in the country and former seat of the national government

LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON: Some of Bhutan’s top sights [photo gallery]

The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the world’s premier travel destinations, known for its Himalayan mountain scenery, Buddhist dzongs,...
July 6, 2014 × 4 comments

poetry

POEMS BY CATINA NOBLE: Art Class, A Time for Growth, Animation, Sojourn, Blues

POEMS BY CATINA NOBLE: Art Class, A Time for Growth, Animation, Sojourn, Blues

Art Class I joined to explore creative ways to use my tool box of methods when overwhelmed with stress and get off my roller coaster...
July 5, 2014 × 2 comments

personal growth

THE MYSTERY OF AUTHENTICITY: Who are we, really?

THE MYSTERY OF AUTHENTICITY: Who are we, really?

I’ve been around a while, 58 years in fact. As many of us have come to realize, there’s more to living life than what the official...
July 2, 2014 × 2 comments

green living

COMPOSTING TOILETS: A drier alternative

COMPOSTING TOILETS: A drier alternative

This article was excerpted from The Wastewater Gardener, a book by Dr. Mark Nelson that takes a global look at how we are misusing...
June 30, 2014 × 0 comments

sustainable agriculture

DANDELION, YOU’RE NOT SO BAD: Why do we kill you all the time?

DANDELION, YOU’RE NOT SO BAD: Why do we kill you all the time?

Consider the humble dandelion. We can all do this easily, because it’s everywhere. All the time. Look out your window—I’ll...
June 26, 2014 × 0 comments

writing

CAMP NANOWRIMO: One month and 50,000 words of growth

CAMP NANOWRIMO: One month and 50,000 words of growth

“Fifty thousand words. What a huge number,” was my first thought when I read about Camp NaNoWriMo, a one-month novel-writing...
June 24, 2014 × 0 comments

participatory culture

THE PARADOX OF OUR GENERATION: Barrier-breaking individuals handicapped by chronic attention deficiency

THE PARADOX OF OUR GENERATION: Barrier-breaking individuals handicapped by chronic attention deficiency

Our generation has developed a knack for taking nearly every cultural category and smudging the defining lines. Of course, I’m...
June 22, 2014 × 0 comments

fiction

ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY: Humorous fiction by Max Reif

ANOTHER ORDINARY DAY: Humorous fiction by Max Reif

“Breeeaaaaakkkkkkk-faaaaaaast!!!” Mother’s sweet voice rang throughout the house, and in a little while, Fred and...
June 21, 2014 × 0 comments