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February 2007 Archives

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, 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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]