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On the Side of the “Heretics”

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I finally saw the film “Goodnight, and Good Luck,” a look at the life of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow during his most important and emotional year at CBS. It’s a wonderful study of one man’s unshakable integrity. Don’t miss […]

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Goodnight, Sweet Prince

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Well, Prince is dead. I euthanized him in a large pot that I let sit overnight in the basement refrigerator. Prince was our angelfish. And when the kids and I bought him nearly two years ago, he really looked like […]

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Frosty, What Happened?

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Has HearthSong.com gone mad? Check out this kit of snowman faces on one of my (formerly?) favorite websites for spiritual kid gifts. Ahem! What was so wrong with the coal and the carrot?

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The Enlightened Breast Self-Exam

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Every woman’s doctor is trained to kindly ask, “Are you performing your monthly breast exams?” And most women answer: “Ah, yes, well mostly…that is, when I remember.” Yesterday, as I was perusing breast cancer books at a local bookstore, I […]

Working the Water Cure

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Hey, how are you doing in your efforts to drink eight glasses of water a day? I have re-devoted myself to the ritual, but my daily totals are still uneven. Yesterday, I counted only four or five glasses. The day […]

From Tracy Chapman’s New Album

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CHANGE If you knew that you would die todayIf you saw the face of God and loveWould you change?Would you change?If you knew that love can’t break your heartWhen you’re down so low you cannot fallWould you change, would you […]

Chicken Soup Day

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“I want to take my temperature again,” were my nine-year-old son’s first words this morning. “Hmmm,” he said, frowning at the results. “98.4.” “Yeah, I think you can go to school,” I said, stroking his forehead. “But look, only three […]

Listening to Lincoln

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In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln offered this Thanksgiving proclamation to the nation in the throes of the Civil War. The following quote sounds so apt for our world today: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of […]

Does the Pope Wear Prada?

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A cute piece on the Pope’s flashy red (and probably Prada-designed) loafers aired Tuesday on CNN. You’ll love this video clip. I have to thank Beliefnet.com’s astrologer Shelley Ackerman for sending it to me with the note: “Jupiter in Scorpio […]

The Beauty of Huston Smith

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Please read Wendy Schuman’s Beliefnet.com interview with author and religious studies scholar Huston Smith. If you are fascinated with what joins the world’s great faiths, Smith is a wonderful author–I’d argue the best. His books are comprehensible and accessible. And […]

Praying Hands

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There is at least one pairin every thrift shop in America,molded in plastic or plaster of parisand glued to a plaque,or printed in church pamphlet colorsand framed under glass.Today I saw a pair made out oflightweight wire stretched over a […]

Big Hugs to Squanto

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I would like to contribute something else to your upcoming Thanksgiving–a grateful thought directed towards all the world’s hidden and helpful people, all the enlightened beings you wouldn’t expect to show up in the nick of time, but who nevertheless […]

At the Service Station

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My husband and I will be driving up to western Massachusetts with the kids tomorrow for the holiday. So today I prepared for the trip by taking my car in to have the oil changed. Also, for the past six […]

Native American Prayers and Blessings

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My children have spent the last eight weeks studying the Native American tribes of the woodland and coastal regions of the eastern U.S. This, and the coming Thanksgiving holiday, got me interested in finding Native American prayers that could be […]

Could You Say Grace?

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It’s not too early to print out some table prayers for this coming Thursday’s feast. I know you don’t want to feel like Ben Stiller in the hilarious movie “Meet the Parents.” Remember? When asked to say grace, he panicked […]

Classic Thanksgiving Radio Shows

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We do not homeschool our children, but some of my best ideas about family life come from progressive, enlightened homeschooling networks. Here is a link to a homeschooling newsletter that regularly distributes classic radio programs from the 1940s and 1950s. […]

You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty

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As we move into the holiday season, it is good to be reminded to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water a day. In fact, I believe that if you concentrate more on drinking water than you worry […]

Share Thanksgiving Memories

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Oh gosh, I remember the school assembly held at my public elementary school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We were asked to bring canned goods for those less fortunate than ourselves. The cans were then arranged in a grand display […]

Books for Those Grieving Through the Holidays

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If you are grieving the loss of someone as we approach the holiday season, I have found two books that might be of some help. I have not yet read them, but the Amazon.com reviews on these are excellent. The […]

The Best Snack

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At ten-thirty this morning, I ate a sliced organic apple with several large curls of good Parmesan cheese. I drank a cup of green tea. I can’t tell you how centered and blessed this made me feel. I even sat […]

Tired of Trying to Sit?

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There are many ways to meditate. You don’t have to sit in a lotus position for hours, chanting “Om.” That works for some, but not for others. More than a year ago, Beliefnet.com producer Lisa Schneider and I created a […]

Getting the Gist of the Dalai Lama’s Visit

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If you were chattering instead of attending to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the U.S. last week, I can begin to interpret it for you. (Sounds like he had a cold, unfortunately; one reporter complained that he […]

Chattering Dog

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This morning, some hard-hatted men with a backhoe put orange cones down one side of our street. Then they started digging through the asphalt with a jackhammer. I have no idea what their goal was out there, but the noise […]

You Can Get NPR’S ‘Writer’s Almanac’ E-Mailed to You

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While we’re on the subject of writing, author, editor, and sacred treasure Garrison Keillor is an important part of my life. He is one of the highlights of my day, in fact. And I am indebted to Jim Kullander of […]

Putting in a Window

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Carpentry has a rhythm that should neverbe violated. You need to move slowly,methodically, never trying to finish early,never even hoping that you’d be done sooner.It’s best if you work without thought of theend. If hurried, you end up with crooked […]

It Helps to Record Your Chattering Thoughts

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One reader writes: “When my mind gets to chattering, I sit down and write out everything that I am worrying about. This helps to quiet my mind. About a month or so later, I go back and read it. I […]

Mean Streets

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Has this ever happened to you? While driving down the road in your car, you spy an individual who has jay-walked standing on the two yellow lines in the center of the road. You think: “My God. This person is […]

I Have An Abiding Fondness for Hot Water Bottles

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How can you resist them, especially at this time of year? Taking a hot water bottle to bed is a delightful way to end a busy day. Brooklyn integrative nutritionist Rachel Kieffer tells me they aid digestion. And while they’re […]

Why Chattering?

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“Chattering mind” is a Buddhist description of the human intelligence at its most undisciplined. Our minds chatter, grasp, struggle to understand. Too frequently, we define ourselves by these thoughts. We become these thoughts. And our lives become distorted and artificial. […]

To the Reader Obsessed Over Lost Love

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I received a note from a woman who writes that her uncontrolled chatter “seems to be stemming from the rejection of someone I have been in love with.” “This person is not in love with me,” she goes on to […]

This Blog Has Been Brought to You By Dark Chocolate

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I gave up cigarettes when I was twenty-eight. Then I let the coffee drop. Strong Lipton tea? Yeah, that was bad. Now it’s down to green tea, white tea, and Kukicha twig. It sounds like I’m an old elk in […]

My Day in Vegenaise

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I knew it was going to be a busy week, so I decided to stock up on groceries at The Park Slope Food Co-op immediately after dropping my young Chatterings at school. Forty-five minutes later, I’d accumulated an admirably large […]

Ask for What You Want

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Of course when you are paying so much for organic groceries, you do not have much money left over to buy a new winter coat. That’s why I shop for my clothes in consignment shops. So on my way to […]

The School of the Seasons

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It is hard to look outside at the brilliant yellow leaves and not think of one of the world’s greatest appreciators of the eternally changing seasons: a Seattle writer named Waverly Fitzgerald. If you don’t know her work and her […]

Capote’s ‘Christmas Memory’

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With the hot movie about Truman Capote still in the theaters, everybody’s rereading Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” the true story of two men with closeted sexual issues who brutally murder a wholesome Kansas family of four. I say, “There is […]

Our Epic Struggle With What Is Bad for Us

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Not long ago, as I was walking out the door of a “Gesture of Awareness” meditation retreat held in a hip section of lower Manhattan’s Chelsea, I nearly collided with Michael Imperioli, the actor who plays Tony Soprano’s drug-addicted nephew […]

Landscape Painting Break

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This past summer, while browsing in a bookstore, I happened upon a slim volume devoted to the landscape paintings of a still-living Massachusetts artist named Mary Sipp-Green. If I were a painter, I would want to paint like her. I […]

Thank You for the Posts!

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I am touched by your warm, supportive posts. They make me see that we could indeed develop a large community of like-minded chatterers. Let me know about the religious or spiritual practices you observe, the teachers you’re drawn to, and […]

Pulling Awareness in on the Breath

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I was recently fumbling through the sun salutations in a yoga class with a teacher who was new to me. Sun salutations are always a challenge since I prefer, like most women, I think, the more feminine, “yin” yoga postures–the […]

Do You Know About Mary Oliver?

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Bone 1.Understand, I am always trying to figure outwhat the soul is,and where hidden,and what shape and so, last week,when I found on the beachthe ear boneof a pilot whale that may have diedhundreds of years ago, I thoughtmaybe I […]

A Rude Awakening

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On October 31st, I gave my nine-year-old Chattering a teaspoon of Sambucol Black Elderberry Immune System Syrup with his breakfast. I didn’t think my son was getting a cold. Halloween was preoccupying me and, since my mind is often chattering, […]

Prince Charles Is Not a Snobbish Bore

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Could we take our eyes off Camilla Parker Bowles’s borrowed tiara for a moment, and see that Prince Charles (currently on tour in the U.S.) is not such a loathesome guy? As I learn more of his passion for the […]

The Moral of That Story

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It is a challenge to mindfully administer herbal medicines and vitamin supplements. And if you’re establishing yourself as the family’s healer, you must ask yourself: “Am I giving this remedy based on wisdom and good experience, or am I blindly […]

Would Beethoven Use Beliefnet?

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Check out NPR’s fascinating “Talk of the Nation” interview with Edmund Morris regarding his new book “Beethoven, The Universal Composer.” In a response to a call-in question about Beethoven’s spiritual development, Morris reveals that while the great composer was schooled […]

From the Homepage of Krishna Das’s Website

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“Place your burdenat the feet of the Lord of the Universewho accomplishes everything.Remain all the time steadfast in the heart,in the Transcendental Absolute.God knows the past, present, and futureHe will deterine the future for youand accomplish the workWhat is to […]

Ya Noor–The Sacred Light Before Dawn

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I woke up at five a.m. one recent morning, in part because I’d gone to bed at ten (an unusually early hour for me, unfortunately), but also because the window shade was beating against the bedroom window pane, making a […]

Posted in the Changing Room of My Yoga Studio

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Dear yogis,…Leave valuables in change room at own risk. All are divine but some do not know it yet.

Meeting Myself at Macy’s

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The famous Macy’s store on Manhattan’s 34th Street now has two shoe departments: a “Comfortable” shoe section stocked with sneakers and rubber-soled sandals, and a “Fashion” shoe department brimming with the kind of spiky footwear you might see on “Desperate […]

Fresh Thinking on a Very Old Subject

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Must read! Must read! Do not miss the interview on “co-creational” sex with “futurist and social architect” Barbara Marx Hubbard still accessible on the website “What Is Enlightenment?”. Everybody knows that the sexual heat of a youthful relationship is one […]

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