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A selection of news and current affairs from the real world that impacts our culture and way of life.

Staying Connected through Difference

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences. – Audre Lorde
I soak in these words, a quote I’ve heard and been inspired by many times before. Yet on this particular occasion, I’m stopped in my tracks; a big, fat mirror held up to

This Opera House is Reopening With a Concert Performed Exclusively for 2,200 Potted Plants –With…

As an intriguing statement on the relationship between man and nature, a Spanish opera hall will conduct a performance of Puccini’s flowery concerto Chrisantemi—or Chrysanthemums in English—to a packed house of 2,292 potted plants.
As government-mandated shelter-in-place and quarantine orders saw society recede into the walls of their homes, nature has silently crept into many

A Guided Meditation for Turning Awareness into Action

This is a foundational awareness practice designed to help bring about three key insights: clarity of intention; understanding of our power, presence, and impact; and opportunities for wise action-taking. If we take a moment to consider how complex, volatile, and uncertain current societal conditions are, as well as the spectrum of emotions we are feeling

A 10-Minute Practice to Fully Experience the Present

Jay Vidyarthi guides us to temporarily let go of racing thoughts and rest our awareness in the experience of this moment.
One of the things I love the most about mindfulness practice is this duality between the idea that we need to train our minds and build skills and get somewhere, and the conflicting idea that

Being Gentle with Your Feelings In Lockdown

When the enforced togetherness of quarantine starts to feel a little too close for comfort, reach for this five-step practice to find your grace under pressure.
Anyone else feel like an oppressive wave of suffocating gloop is bearing down upon them and choking out all hope of hope? Me neither.
Like a few billion

Haight-Ashbury: Five decades later

San Francisco’s intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets was ground zero during the “Summer of Love”; a 1967 gathering of young people searching for an alternative lifestyle that included free love, free-flowing drugs, free food and psychedelic rock.
This house at 710 Ashbury St. was the home of the Grateful Dead.
Jerry Garcia and his

13 great feuds between artists and record companies

Amanda Palmer fired off a song directed to Roadrunner Records: ‘Please Drop Me.’ ‘Jimmy Iovine’ from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist album about the famed label exec spat out: “Cause all I ever dreamt about was makin’ it/They ain’t giving it, I’m taking it.”
On ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me’, Pink name-checked another legendary


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