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November 2006 Archives

Sleep Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

posted by vreiss

Yesterday I stumbled across “40 Facts About Sleep You Probably Didn’t Know (Or Were Too Tired to Think About)” from the National Sleep Research Project in Australia. Here are some of my faves–and things I in fact did not know […]

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A Delicious, Natural Body Oil

posted by vreiss

After a long day yesterday, I stopped at ABC Carpet & Home, a mecca of pretty, pricey, spiritual things. Buzzing past all of the crystals and Marys and Buddhas, I went straight for the bodycare wall. The eco- and toxin-conscious […]

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A Way to Give Giving This Holiday Season

posted by vreiss

Ok, it’s not just the scrumptious body oil that wows me, it’s the amazing Gifts of Compassion at ABC Carpet & Home’s store and website. Many orgs offer a similar donation-as-gift program, but none have such diverse offerings–or packages for […]

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Buddha’s Take on Gift-Giving

posted by vreiss

“True charity only occurs when there are no notions of giving, giver, or gift.” –Buddha From the book “Good Karma: How to Find It and Keep It”. By Valerie Reiss. Amy’s on vacation.

Peace, Love, and Controversy

posted by vreiss

It always amazes me when the word—or symbol for—”peace” upsets people. A couple in Pagosa Springs, Colo. was recently told by a community association to remove a peace sign-shaped wreath from outside their house, reports The New York Times, lest […]

9/11 and Cancer

posted by vreiss

Just wanted to spread this far and wide. This week’s cover story in the Village Voice is about the link between 9/11 and blood cancers, especially Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. That’s what I just recovered from. My exposure to Ground Zero was […]

Are You Burned Out?

posted by vreiss

Really great article in this week’s New York magazine, “The Science of Burnout” by Jennifer Senior. The subhead alone speaks volumes: “In a culture where work can be a religion, burnout is its crisis of faith.” It’s about how burnout—that […]

Therapy for Your Home

posted by vreiss

If you have a modern-ish sensibility and live in an apartment or a small-scale house, you may love this blog as much as I do. Apartment Therapy.com has been my haunt for the last two years or so for home-related […]

Julia’s Quotes to Inspire

posted by vreiss

As her post-“Artist’s Way” work has seemed more and more recycled, one thing I still love about Julia Cameron’s books is the little quotes she puts in the margins. I’m always happy to dip into these bite-sized, short-attention-span founts of […]

Addicted to Meaningful Jewels

posted by Chattering Mind

My name is Valerie and I’m a Satya-holic. As often as I can afford (only a few times a year, really), I go to Satya, a wonderful “yoga-inspired” jewelry store. I walk across the slate floors and gaze at lotuses […]

What’s in Your Paint?

posted by Chattering Mind

I’ve just moved into a new apartment. In Brooklyn, land of my ancestors. It’s sweet and cozy, and at 500 square feet just about double the size of my last place (I know, we’re ridiculous here). I’m obsessive about making […]

Readers Compete for Worst Thanksgiving

posted by Chattering Mind

Wow, if you think your Thanksgiving was sub-par or just average, read a few of the thousands of posts Martha Stewart got when she asked readers to talk about the lessons they learned from their worst Thanksgivings ever. Burned turkeys, […]

The Turkey Wars

posted by Chattering Mind

Thanksgiving can be a tough time for people who don’t eat poultry, especially when their relatives are enthusiastic meat eaters. No doubt plenty of vegans are sitting down to a family meal that disgusts them, and families aren’t always as […]

Cindy’s Vegetarian Turkey

posted by Chattering Mind

If your kids love to to sculpt their food before they eat it, they’ll love this.

Catholicism’s Influence on Director Robert Altman

posted by Chattering Mind

I found a choppy, but fact-filled run-down on the religious upbringing of late, great film director Robert Altman: “Catholicism was, to me, school,’ he has said. “It was restrictions; it was things you had to do. It was your parents. […]

The Power of Saying ‘Thanks!’

posted by Chattering Mind

Janene Mascarella wrote a wonderful piece for The Washington Post about the powerful experience of thanking people who’d been helpful to her in the past. Often nervous that the folks she was thanking would find her absurdly nutty, she was […]

Wearing Your Gratitude

posted by Chattering Mind

Well, why not? The website TheGratitudeList.com sells aprons and T-shirts that will keep your gratitude close to your heart all year, not just on Thanksgiving. The blog at this site is just getting going, but you’ll find several nice posts […]

Deepak on Life After Death

posted by Chattering Mind

Deepak Chopra was schooled in medicine, but his greatest love has always been the study of the soul. His views in the new book “Life After Death: The Burden of Proof” seem especially relevant, as death seems–rightly or wrongly–closer to […]

‘You Can’t Be a Saint’

posted by Chattering Mind

Sweet essay here on BustedHalo.com (the online mag for seekers in their 20s and 30s). In it, author Jeff Guhin gets into a conversation on saintly behavior with the Catholic teens he teaches.

Have Your Cookies Take a Stand

posted by Chattering Mind

Well, someone had to improve the standard cookie cutter.

My Nuit of the Chestnut

posted by Chattering Mind

I usually shell chestnuts the night before Thanksgiving. A couple of nights before Thanksgiving, if I’m smart. Chestnut purée was a standard side dish at my mother’s Thanksgiving dinner, and in honor of her, I try to include it at […]

Do You Have Your Thanksgiving Prayer Ready?

posted by Chattering Mind

Don’t pass the buck! Bring a prayer to the Thanksgiving table this year! Here’s a wonderful guide to prayers of many faiths and wisdom traditions.

Zen Noir

posted by Chattering Mind

“The basis for the new film ‘Zen Noir’ is a kind of funny concept,” writes Beliefnet’s spirituality editor Valerie Reiss in this short review. “A noir-style detective investigates a murder in a Buddhist temple. When he asks questions, he gets […]

What’s Your Stand on Teflon?

posted by Chattering Mind

The folks at DuPont have regrouped and are now fighting allegations from the EPA that their Teflon coating on non-stick cookware includes a chemical that is a “likely carcinogen.” The gasses Teflon produces at high heat are certainly bad for […]

Yusuf Islam Is Back on the ‘Peace Train’

posted by Chattering Mind

Yusuf Islam’s new album “An Other Cup,” is getting middlin’ marks on Amazon–some fans are complaining that his voice sounds “weak.” But the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens has a sparkling website with audio clips of him on anger, […]

Holiday Cards for the Flea Market Lover

posted by Chattering Mind

Ebay currently hosts some 26 pages of antique/vintage holiday cards, all fun, some in boxes, some loose. Here‘s a CD you can buy to download vintage holiday card images and then print out with a color printer.

Perhaps James Taylor Finds Christmas Depressing

posted by Chattering Mind

I inwardly chattered all Tuesday night, worried I’d been mean to James Taylor in my review of his dreary Christmas album. I’m just not a natural-born critic, I guess. How do professional reviewers subdue their smug feelings of superiority? Many […]

For the Yogi Who Has Everything

posted by Chattering Mind

After several months of steady use, your yoga mat’s odor may get distracting in the nose-down positions of the cobra or locust. But, “once avidya is lifted, the best solutions are often the simplest,” claims the ad copy for this […]

How Do You Stay Sane During Holidays?

posted by Chattering Mind

I didn’t marry until I was 36, so I had about 15 years of heartache-y holidays–alone, unprotected, and bummed that nobody loved me. Or so I thought. For many people, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is miserable and […]

O.J.’s New Low

posted by Chattering Mind

I don’t know if you’ve got plans the evenings of November 27th and 29th, but you may well be struggling with a weighty decision: whether or not to lower yourself enough to watch O.J. Simpson talking on Fox about how […]

James Taylor Offers His Stale Take on Christmas

posted by Chattering Mind

James Taylor’s newly-released holiday album is essentially a refurbished collection from 2004, and I’ve got to tell you, having just spent the morning with it: It retains its highs and lows. Old Baby James’ renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “Winter […]

Is Your Will Ethical?

posted by Chattering Mind

Oh, isn’t this interesting? A whole website that teaches you how to make your last will and testament more ethical. I’m just passing it along.

How You Sign Spiritual Correspondence

posted by Chattering Mind

No Chattering Mind post has inspired as much mail as my inquiry into how folks are ending their spiritual correspondence. What follows is a list of all the marvelous ways people are ending emails and letters to their fellows on […]

We Become What We Worship

posted by Chattering Mind

“That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here’s One Great Holiday Toy Catalog

posted by Chattering Mind

Magic Cabin started as a hand-made doll catalog, and year after year, the lovely, natural toys and craft kits it features give me greater faith in all humanity! Get a paper copy of the catalog mailed to you or shop […]

In Love and Remembrance

posted by Chattering Mind

“I love my life, and I know I love my life.” –Ed Bradley, as recalled by Diane Sawyer in Friday morning’s tribute to him on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Remember: It’s About the Teachings, Not the Teacher

posted by Chattering Mind

Take a walk down Memory Lane when you check out Beliefnet’s slideshow of fallen religious leaders. And remember this advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama: “Rely on the teachings to evaluate a guru: do not have blind faith, but […]

Readers on Handling Haggard

posted by Chattering Mind

My warm thanks go to CM reader Daria for writing this in response to the revelations regarding minister Ted Haggard’s secret life: “I read Ted Haggard’s letter to his congregation and was surprised to find him taking responsibility, apologizing, asking […]

That’s a Little ‘b’ in ‘Bible,’ If You Please

posted by Chattering Mind

Notice how, in this piece by Richard Dawkins called “Why I Am Hostile Towards Religion,” Dawkins refuses to write the word “bible” with a capital “B” unless he’s quoting a Christian author whose work was originally published with the “B” […]

Are You Happy in Your Kitchen?

posted by Chattering Mind

My friend Myra, a graduate of New York’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has launched her own nutritional consulting business, and I signed on as a client last spring thinking I’d get good nutritional tips (that I could then pass on […]

Blocking the Bad Guys with TVBoss.org

posted by Chattering Mind

As a mother, I can really relate to this. Have a look!

Westin Hotels Snuff the Smoke

posted by Chattering Mind

Westin Hotel’s smoking ban is in full flower after a year’s work and a $3 million investment in its (fittingly named) BREATHE campaign. Smokers will be billed an additional $200 room fee if they smoke anywhere in the hotels, but […]

‘Callboy’ or Hypocrite: Which is Worse?

posted by Chattering Mind

Check out this “Code of the Callboy” editorial from today’s New York Times by Dan Savage. An excerpt: “…today it is arguably more shameful and damaging to be a hypocritical closet case than it is to be a sex worker. […]

Laughter Meditation

posted by Chattering Mind

Thanks to Glittering Muse blogger David Garnet for alerting me to the existence of this laughing baby clip. Helps you understand while some people drink or take drugs to get to this luscious, open space. Of course, there are healthier […]

Mindful Politics

posted by Chattering Mind

As I write this, the country is finishing up a day of voting. Whether you’re voting red or blue or chartreuse, there’s no doubt this has been a decidedly unspiritual past month, politically speaking; mud has been slung on all […]

How Important Are Holiday Sheets?

posted by Chattering Mind

Gee, what got into me? I stayed up late shopping online for holiday bed linens again. And then, I didn’t buy a thing. It’s the same every year. I say to myself, “Oh, it’s silly to buy bed sheets just […]

It’s Hot Water Bottle Weather!

posted by Chattering Mind

While you’re browsing in the flannel sheet department, don’t forget to get some hot water bottles–for yourself or to wrap as winter gifts. I actually put my growing boys (don’t tell them I told you this) to bed with one […]

Craving Straight Talk on Gays and Spirituality?

posted by Chattering Mind

Here’s one of my favorite gay spirituality and culture blogs. In one post, writer Greg DiStefano quotes this passage from the “Gospel According to Thomas”: “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. […]

There’s Timeless Truth in “Elmer Gantry”

posted by Chattering Mind

I went to our local Barnes & Noble Monday morning and picked up Sinclair Lewis’s famous study of religious hypocrisy–the 1927 novel called “Elmer Gantry” (which became an Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster in 1960). In the novel, Elmer […]

Ted Haggard’s Shadow Reveals Itself?

posted by Chattering Mind

We don’t really know yet which charges against Ted Haggard are true or false, but it’s impossible to watch the unfolding of the evangelical pastor’s alleged gay sex scandal without thinking of Carl Jung’s writings on “shadow”–the least acknowledged or […]

Our Final Resting Place?

posted by Chattering Mind

As I grapple with a father and two in-laws who hate the idea of assisted-living communities, I keep insisting “As for me, I’m ready to move into one now.” Who can beat daily yoga classes in the rec room, Tai […]

Yes, KFC Has Long Way to Go, But…

posted by Chattering Mind

Some of you guys seemed annoyed with me for saying anything nice about KFC (its executives have just agreed to use a healthier, trans-fat-free frying oil). I don’t eat Kentucky Fried Chicken, but some 736 millions chickens are sold at […]

Leroy Sievers’ Cancer Commentaries

posted by Chattering Mind

Veteran reporters like Leroy Sievers can work in relative obscurity for thirty years (he covered major stories for CBS and ABC, and then was Nightline’s executive producer), before stepping fully in the public eye (opening up the whole world’s heart […]

Get Inspiration Daily from Dr. Christiane Northrup

posted by Chattering Mind

“Look in the mirror once or twice a day, full on, eyes into eyes and say, ‘I accept myself unconditionally right now.’ After 30 days, you’ll find that your life and health will improve.” Get more sensible advice and whole […]

Garrison Keillor Reflects on Time and Retirement

posted by Chattering Mind

“It took me an hour to turn the clocks back an hour, coordinating all the watches and digital alarm clocks and oven clock and kitchen clock and car clocks to Central Standard Time, during which a man starts to question […]

Jackson Pollock Meditation

posted by Chattering Mind

Click here, wait a moment, and then sink into your own cursor-created abstract painting. Relax!

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
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Still Posted at My Desk
"Take off from here. And don't be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." From "Station Island," by Seamus Heaney

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And Finally, This:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at

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