"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
So said Abraham Lincoln in an address he gave on June 16, 1858. Within a couple of years after he spoke those words, the American civil war began, creating a house divided that certainly did not stand.
In this day and age, 158 years after Lincoln's remarks, we again find ourselves a house divided. The level of partisan rancor is toxic, with citizens pitted against one … [Read more...]
I sat down not too long ago with Mark Nepo, the author of the NY Times bestseller, “The Book of Awakening," and 17 other books, including his most recent book, "The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart," for my Interviews with the Leading Edge video interview series.
Mark is a writer, poet, and sage, and speaks from the heart. His profound … [Read more...]
Sister Giant was a conference that integrated politics, activism and spirituality, with its aim … [Read more...]
Prologue: This post is not meant to be a purely political one, although I will be mentioning the political landscape and Donald Trump.
Instead, this post is meant to take the long view and look at the big picture. It is meant to map out what exactly is going on here, as to many people it feels unsettling and like pure chaos.
Furthermore, I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but my intention in writing this post is not meant to … [Read more...]
With all the tumult going on in the U.S. and world right now, what we we can't lose sight of is the reality that what we all want, what truly unites us, is a world in which we all can thrive.
This is a world in which we can respect our differences and understand our common bonds. This is also a world in which we all work together, to help everyone do well.
In that regard, I will be going to the [Read more...]
As we enter into the season of light, the time of the solstice and the holidays, and as we enter into a new year, I give you my gift - the above short music video, entitled "Imagine/Vision." I encourage you to watch it with an open heart and an open mind - it may just inspire you.
The solstice is the darkest day of the year. Now that we are past the solstice, more light is present in our world. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, … [Read more...]
According to the sugar industry, a diet high in fats, not sugar, causes heart disease. And according to the soda industry, exercise, or the lack thereof, is what causes obesity and diabetes - not the drinking of soda.
And according to my monkey, it's only me and him that's got nothing to hide. When my monkey told me this I said back to him, "Come on, let's take it easy."
Let's start with this sugar industry manifesto, that it's … [Read more...]
Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most brilliant writers ever. He took a look at everyday life and translated it into a language of whimsy and absurdist fancy. At the same time he cut to the core of the human experience and conveyed an all-knowing sense of how we got ourselves into the big fat mess we're in.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and as he wrote in Slaughterhouse-Five and other books, he witnessed, as a POW, … [Read more...]