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Promote Peace: Accept Evil and Chaos as Part of Our Nature


Hello readers, I have long been interested in the root of scape-goating, bullying, and evil itself in human behavior.  Understanding humanity’s search for meaning and survival in a brutal and unpredictable world is a fascinating, and sometimes discouraging pursuit.  For all of the technological progress we have made collectively, we still predictably place blame for […]

Beloved Connection: Scamming for Affection and other Modern Past-times


Hello readers, Each time I visit my blog, I check the statistics page to see how many people from how many countries have visited.  It touches my heart and amazes me that, so far, at least one person from 56 different countries from all over our Earth have at least peeked at my blog.  I get […]

In the Shadow of the Banyan: Comments on the Book


Hello readers, Some of you may have read Vaddey Ratner’s lyrical and inspiring story of survival in her autobiographical novel, “In the Shadow of the Banyan”, which takes place during the Communist revolution in Cambodia.  While the author did change some details with respect to the actual events, timeline, and persons involved in her personal […]

Meditation on Christmas: An Outsider’s View on Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman


Hello readers, I just finished reading a remarkable book first published in 1949 by Howard Thurman, eminent African-American theologian and philosopher.  The book is called “Jesus and the Disinherited”.  As a non-Christian and non-practising Jew, I have long been intrigued by the life of Jesus and his quest for truth, personal authenticity and self-responsibility.  My […]

As Light As a Feather…


Dear readers, It is interesting to contemplate where the center of being or the soul resides.  Some cultures say that it is as small as a bean or seed, a concentrate of potential. Our culture believes that the soul or mind lives in the brain.  Personally, I believe that the soul only temporarily takes residence […]

The Cloud Atlas: A few thoughts on the film


The Cloud Atlas is a very ambitious independent film based on the book by David Mitchell, published in 2004.  Directed by Tom Twyker, Andy and Lana Wachowsky, with a star studded cast (see link): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371111/fullcredits#directors It is useful to look at the list of cast members and the various roles that each actor plays within the […]

St. George and the Dragon: Embracing Our Own Inner Demons


I love stories, symbols, and fairy tales. They teach us so much about the hidden parts of our selves.  Yesterday, I was perusing a book called “Slay Your Own Dragons: How Women Can Overcome Self-Sabotage in Love and Work”, by Nancy Good.  The author defines the dragon as an image for negative self-thoughts and negative […]

Belonging: Is Community Necessary?


I loved reading Lois Lowry’s young adult books “The Giver” and “The Messenger”.  The stories are simple, yet profound, and extremely important questions about humans living together in community and how we respect one another (or not) are raised.  It seems as if the issues of hierarchy, power, greed, need, and vulnerability always rise up […]

The Solace of Food


                    Much of my recent research and reading has been related to food and health.  Food is a complex subject, because it is related to so many aspects of our lives: the physical health of our bodies, cultural and religious celebrations as well as secular festivities, […]

The Lost Symbol


In art school, more specifically at the French national art school, I learned that using symbols and visual symbolic language was not a good thing if I wanted to be a good contemporary artist.  Good art at the time was cool, made with expensive and impressive materials, such as extremely large full color photographs, preferably […]