After years of working 70 hours a week at jobs I detested, I felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside, but empty on the inside. Searching for meaning in my life, I abandoned my successful but unsatisfying career and set out on a six-month solo backpacking trip around the world to pursue my true passions of travel, writing, and photography. My blog features stories about the destinations I visit, people I meet, the crazy things...Read more here....
Is it art? A dance? A play? Perhaps all of the above. My roommate, Joan, emailed this video to me and it is so fascinating that I had to share it. Watch this light and shadow performance of the group known as Philobolus, during their recent appearance on the Conan O”Brien Show:
I may alienate some people with this post, but I feel strongly that the above video contains important information that everyone needs to hear. If you are offended, please consider that our ability to freely express our opinions is one of the things that makes this country great. You may not agree with my opinion, nor I with yours, but isn’t it wonderful that we can express them without fear of reprisal?
It has astounded and mystified me that we have allowed our current President to get away with actions that have led to the death of more than 4,000 American soldiers. From the beginning, I never believed his claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and by now everyone (hopefully) understands that there was no direct link between Iraq and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. At the the very least Bush is guilty of narrow-mindedness and less than admirable intelligence. But now, Vincent Bugliosi has written a book titled “The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder.”
Who is Bugliosi and what makes his opinion different or more important than anyone else who may have heretofore made similar claims? Bugliosi is highly credible because Continue reading →
A few years ago, Alex Cequea Fuentes wondered what would it be like to meditate in a public place where there is a lot of traffic, like a busy intersection or a shopping mall. His question ultimately led him to create the Public Meditation Project, a social and spiritual movement dedicated to bridging the gap between inner peace and world peace. The group now holds events in public places all over the country, including San Francisco, Chicago, Iowa City, and Houston. Alex’s says his goal is to create change from the feeling level. “The best case scenario is that people walk past and feel the peace. Then they momentarily become peaceful, and the people they are with become peaceful. This is world change from the core of our beings.” Reactions to these events vary, as you can imagine, but some of the funniest come from mall security guards. Check out this absolutely hysterical entry in Alex’s blog that describes one such experience at the Katy Mills Mall in Katy, Texas, then take a look at this video of Alex meditating in public places:
In a similar vein, in 1977 two American Buddhist Monks from San Francisco’s Gold Mountain Monastery began a bowing pilgrimage from downtown L.A. to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talamage, California near Ukiah. Heng Sure has made the vow to bow to the ground in a full prostration every three steps along the road. Continue reading →
In 1969, John Rendall and Ace Berg rescued a lion from a cramped cage in Harrods Department Store, where it was offered for sale. The lion soon grew too big for their small apartment and they reintroduced him to Africa. A year later they wanted to visit their former pet in his natural habitat, but they were told he was now the head of a large pride and was entirely wild. They went in search of him anyway. Watch the amazing video below to see what happened:
Barack Obama delivered a major speech on national security and the war in Iraq yesterday. In it, he laid out his strategy for using all of the elements of American power to keep us safe, prosperous, and free. I have heard some people question Obama’s experience. They say they do not know where he stands on the major issues or what he proposes for solutions. His speech answers many of those questions, and is worth a listen: