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February 2007 Archives

Best Old Movies for Families

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If you’re a parent with kids of film-viewing age, buy this book: “The Best Old Movies for Families: A Guide to Watching Together.” This 375-page indexed guide by Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr is tremendously helpful–in fact, indispensable–to conscientious […]

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Prince Charles Snubs McDonalds

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Here’s a blog post I find funny. It lambasts Prince Charles (in language most colorful) for yesterday asking someone at a healthcare facility in the United Arab Emirates if the country had thought of getting McDonald’s fast food franchises “banned.” […]

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More on Cancer Prayers

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Thanks for your warm response to the cancer healing prayers I posted. I’ve been looking for more without much luck. Want to write some together? I’ll post the prayers you send in. My friends who’ve had cancer say it’s so […]

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Everyone’s Required Reading: Thomas Berry

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Have a look at the following passage from Reverend Fr. Thomas Berry’s book “The Great Work: Our Way into the Future.” “As we enter the twenty-first century, we are experiencing a moment of grace. Such moments are privileged moments. The […]

Deep Breathing at the Oscars

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Deepest-Breath-at-the-Oscars Award goes to Best Actor Forest Whitaker, who couldn’t utter his thank you speech until he’d inhaled the moment and collected himself. At the end of his speech, he made reference to “this life and the next.” Google research […]

New Spiritual Sign Off

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Hey, I got a great new way to humorously sign off spiritual correspondence. This one comes from reader Glenys Livingstone down in Australia. Blissings! “With Love and Blissings” is nice too. You’ll find my original post with dozens of great […]

Interview with God

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This is sweet. It runs three minutes. What would you ask God if you could?

Cruelty to Chickens Caught on Tape

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Oh boy, this Trappist monastery down in South Carolina (where my parents once went on a spiritual retreat) has been busted big time for alleged cruelty to the chickens that produce the eggs the abbey sells to support itself. Birds […]

What Constitutes a Good Breakfast?

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This week’s New York magazine has an amazing article that describes what two models, a creative director, and a magazine accessories editor eat during the frenzy of “fashion week,” when runway shows, and meetings with designers become all-important, stress-filled activities […]

Harris/Sullivan Blogalogue Continues

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The Sam Harris/Andrew Sullivan blogalogue on faith has covered exceedingly complex material. Could you describe your beliefs as articulately? I could not. Here’s the conclusion of Harris’s latest letter, in which he seems to deliver body blows to Sullivan’s defense […]

‘Getting’ Feng Shui

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An anonymous reader (whose home I suspect has pretty good Feng Shui) writes: “I don’t understand Feng Shui. I can’t grab the concept of placing items in a certain order or arrangement to bring one peace of mind… I’m not […]

Britney, Stay in Rehab!

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Britney, get into a rehabilitation program you can stick with! Read the “promises” of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (from pages 83-84 of The Big Book). They supplement the famous Twelve Steps. If anyone out there has “worked the program,” […]

Elder Wisdom Online

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While most of us are receptive to “elder wisdom,” there’s never been a grand design for harvesting it. Unless you have a grand- or great-grandparent still living that you visit, there’s not often much access to the thoughts of our […]

Two Buddhists Now in Congress

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The Spring 2007 issue of Buddhadharma magazine tells me something I’d completely missed: that last November’s midterm election not only brought the nation’s first Muslim to Congress, but also ushered in two Buddhists (both Democrats): Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and […]

Take This Bach Flower Questionnaire

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Bach Flower Remedies are such subtle and nontoxic healing potions, you can experiment with them on your own and find the best mixture by taking this online questionnaire. The 38 essences are said to work on an energetic and emotional […]

Prayers That Help With Chemo

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The following blessing comes from a new selection of prayers for women with cancer. They were written by Diann L. Neu, co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, and author of several collections of feminist […]

George Washington Was No Fan of Communion

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When I’m not writing or cooking, doing yoga or driving the kids around, I am in bed with George Washington, wondering just how religious he is, or was. It’s been fun. In fact, I’ve become intimately acquainted with all our […]

Lemony Snicket’s Jewish Influences

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Novelist Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) is the talented author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” a tale of rollicking disaster that’s hugely popular with the eight to 11-year-old set. In an interview with editor Nadine Epstein in this month’s […]

Natural Cleaning Products on the March!

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There’s a smell. You know that smell? It’s the fake pine smell of the commercial cleaning products that many schools and restaurants use. When I’m stuck somewhere and I smell that smell I feel like climbing the walls. I used […]

Where Alice Lives

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Beliefnet just posted Valerie Reiss’s excellent interview with writer and free spirit Alice Walker. Walker says: We have a splendid opportunity, for the first time ever on earth, to truly get to the root of things and to transform human […]

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Chinese New Year begins with the new moon this February 18th and lasts until the full moon two weeks from now. In China, this period of feasts with prayers for prosperity is seen as the actual beginning of spring. Since […]

Chinese New Year Recipes

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Here and here are web pages with good Chinese New Year’s recipes. This book for young children is a guide to holiday folktales, customs, and Chinese banquet food.

Oprah Gives Acupuncture a Huge Leg Up!

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Remember when Bill Moyers showed brain surgery being performed in the early 1990s with acupuncture as the sole form of anesthesia on his PBS series “Healing and the Mind?” American acupuncturists point to that televised moment as the beginning of […]

Paglia’s Back and the World’s a Little Brighter

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National treasure/quirky odd duck Camille Paglia’s back writing for Salon.com after a six-year absence. Here’s a snippet of her first column (you may have to get a trial subscription to read the whole thing). I am a pro-choice libertarian Democrat […]

Damned with Too Much Praise?

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Here’s a good article about how children who are praised too much sometimes grow up to be risk adverse. Remember to say, “Oh, I see you worked so hard on that! Tell me about it.” instead of “Cool! You’re sooo […]

Rye Crisp Ad Targets Yoga Moms

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The latest Body + Soul magazine features an eye-catching ad that targets yoga moms and promotes the fibrous Wasa rye crisp (which is low in fat and calories). Here’s Wasa’s approximation of a Hindu goddess or “divine mother” as seen […]

Paging Daria

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I love getting to know my readers, and seem to have acquired a small following of thoughtful people in the last year. I’ve come to know them by the remarks they attach to my blog items: there’s Pacific231, Kathryn, Eevie […]

Yoga to Watch, Not Try!

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Check out this band of cute contortionists. I like how they relax into position. How hard do you think they’ve worked on these postures in their brief lifetimes? Hard to say. I don’t know. Just last Sunday, in yoga class, […]

How to Send Love in a Letter

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Want a little inspiration to fuel your Valentine’s Day ardor? Check out this website of historic love letters by famous composers, politicians, writers, poets, and others. Some samples: From Abigail Adams to John Adams, December, 1782: I look back to […]

Say a Prayer for the Honey Bees

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As you spoon that precious dab of honey into your tea today, consider this sad news: bee keepers are reporting a dramatic decrease in their bee populations, which will not only influence future honey production but also the crops and […]

Heavy Breathing on the Mound

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Anyone interested in the mainstreaming of Eastern philosophy will find this New York Times Sports section article by Lee Jenkins fascinating. It’s about the yoga and meditation work some pro-ball pitchers are incorporating into their training. “If you can calm […]

No, I Wasn’t Saying Anna Nicole Was Mother Teresa

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Wow, what passionate sentiments were stirred by my blog post about which goddess stories of ancient mythology had parallels to the life story of late celebrity oddball Anna Nicole Smith! Let me make some quick clarifications, as perhaps the headline […]

Was Anna Nicole a Modern Goddess?

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Late last night, I wrote Laurie Sue Brockway, author of “A Goddess is a Girl’s Best Friend,” and asked for her thoughts on the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Here’s what Brockway wrote back: This culture has come to know […]

Abraham Lincoln, Great Theologian

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I swiped a book off Mr. Chattering’s bedside table, not expecting it to be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I just wanted a good post for Abe Lincoln’s birthday this Monday. “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a […]

Aerobics Teachers On the Injured List

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Whatever happened to those “hard bod” exercise teachers who advised us to “go for the burn” in those 1980s aerobic classes? They’re hobbling around with all kinds of injuries, says this article in today’s New York Times. Some former aerobics […]

Energy Smart, But Somewhat Imperfect

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The light bulb guys stopped by my house, and replaced 32 incandescent bulbs with energy-conserving fluorescents. They seemed to be feeling pretty good about themselves. And now, my house is aglow with a fluorescent haze that works better in some […]

Send Me Your Religious Genealogy

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Send in your own religious family history and I’ll try to post it. Here are a few of the family religious histories I’ve received so far. Says reader 360: “Well, my ‘rents were non-practicing Catholics…Even now I dislike Christianity and […]

Finding God Through Sex

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A good book to break open for Valentine’s Day is David Deida’s “Finding God Through Sex,” with a forward by Ken Wilber. Here’s a minute sampling: “Sex can offer an openness that washes your heart wide to God, and yet […]

Caroline Myss Can Help You ‘Enter the Castle’

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Spiritual powerhouse Caroline Myss, author of “Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can,” and most recently, “Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul,” is on a sweeping speaking tour through Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington […]

Hillary’s Religious Roots

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New to Newsweek’s website is an article about Hillary Clinton’s religious roots and her lifelong relationship with Rev. Don Jones, a Methodist minister. Jones describes Hillary’s beliefs as falling, like her politics, somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Unlike […]

Dr. Mercola’s On a Roll

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I’m eating up Dr. Joseph Mercola’s emailed healthy living video newsletters. He is certainly a man on a mission. Last week he reported from the beaches of Maui on fish oils and vitamin D. This week, he’s standing in a […]

A Valentine’s Day Kit of Sustainable, Free-Trade, Vegan Chocolate

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Hey, this would make a sexy Valentine’s Day gift: two two-ounce “Eros” bars of organic, dairy-free Dagoba Chocolate alongside something I’ve never heard of: a two-ounce “cacao elixir” (flavored with botanical infusions) that dispenses drops of cacao on your tongue […]

Do You Know Your Religious Family Tree?

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You may know that your Grandpa Frank hailed from Missouri, or that your Great Aunt Angie cooked Italian, but do you know your religious genealogy? Have you researched the religious beliefs and development of your forebears? I’d love to get […]

Con-Ed Meets Chattering Mind

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A contractor for ConEd, the utility company here, called last Friday offering to come to my home and replace all my light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to assist New York City in its efforts to conserve energy. “Every bulb […]

February 8: Nirvana Day

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February 8th is “Nirvana Day,” a Mahayana Buddhist festival day in commemoration of the death of the Buddha. Gautama is said to have spoken these last words to his students before expiring at age eighty: “Now, monks, I declare to […]

Massive Report on Global Warming

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This article is a must-read. It’s about yesterday’s report by noted scientists regarding the human role in climate change. Global warming is real. “It is very likely that hot extremes, heat waves and heavy precipitation events will continue to become […]

My Favorite Molly Ivins Story

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The late, and much beloved journalist Molly Ivins loved to use her best Texas folkloric material to make a point. I heard her speak 15 months ago at an International Women’s Media Foundation awards luncheon in New York, where she […]

Is the Super Bowl a Mid-Winter Pagan Rite?

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If this doesn’t convince you, know that it was written in a spirit of good humor and fun by John D. Spalding, editor of SoMAreview.com, and author of “A Pilgrim’s Digress: My Perilous, Fumbling Quest for the Celestial City.” “…we […]

Planning Mid-Summer Around Mr. Potter

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I’m actually adapting my children’s upcoming summer camp schedule to account for our reading of Harry Potter. I probably won’t be at my desk July 22, 2007, either, the day after the thrilling release of the seventh and last installment.

News on Zoloft, Prozac, and Potential Bone Loss

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It was my understanding that Zoloft and Prozac were “smart” antidepressants, drugs that could lift the depressed out of the darkness and in some cases, jumpstart the brain into recognizing happiness. Tall order, I know. It was also my initial […]

Homes of the Spiritually Luminous

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Parabola has always been the most sovereign of the religious/spiritual periodicals. Its distinguished authors and epic themes make it “The New Yorker” of its league. It’s always gorgeous. But its fate sometimes becomes that of the other distinguished mags: It […]

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils: Bad for Boys?

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I don’t know about this. It says exposure to tea-tree and lavender oils can change the estrogen levels of young boys, and in rare cases, make their breasts enlarge. My sons have used tea-tree oil shampoos off and on for […]

Alas, Rudolf Steiner Never Saw ‘Masterpiece Theater’

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Thanks to reader John Beck for this: “Just a comment on the Rudolf Steiner-induced tv guilt — since he died in 1925, any views assigned to him about tv are extrapolation. Your own use of tv with your children is […]

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Eighteen years ago, I wrote an article for a magazine that got me called in for a taped interview with a Fox TV morning news anchor. Being an effective communicator and a skillful public speaker was a dream of mine at the time. And still is. After some 30 minutes of prep with the station's hair-and-

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
Here are some blogs and websites I like. It's not a complete list. But it's a start. The first is called New Moon Journal and it is written by Michele Bailey-Lessirard, a life coach, collage artist, and "shamanic astrologer." On the opening page of her site, you'll find a little slide show of her am

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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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