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April 2007 Archives

My Life as a Bar Mitzvah Mom

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Calling spiritually-inclined parents and members of mixed faith households: You’ll be interested in an article I just wrote for Beliefnet’s “Spiritual Parenting Week” package. They called it “A Christian Mom Makes a Bar Mitzvah,” and it’s about how I have […]

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David Lynch Funds Meditation Program for American Youth

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Out of last month’s Virginia Tech shootings comes the call for “pure bliss consciousness,” or more precisely, the teaching of a meditation method that can help young people believe in themselves, and stand up for non-violence. Filmmaker David Lynch planned […]

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What Meditation Is, and Isn’t

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The New York Times magazine published an amusing exchange between interviewer Deborah Solomon and Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons yesterday that points to the general public’s confusion about the difference between meditation and relaxation (just doing something pleasurable). When […]

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Death and Sleep

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I always think that sleeping is in a way a “small death.” Hence every night we face a “small death;” all these small deaths train us for the “big death,” and we thereby gain knowledge of how to die. –excerpted […]

Do You Cook for Yourself?

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This morning I popped a free-range chicken from the food co-op into a 350-degree oven thinking I’d serve it to my kids tonight for dinner. I just salted it, threw a clean apple inside it to keep it moist, and […]

The World’s First Toothbrush

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If you are orally fixated or someone who likes to fidget and chew at your desk, you are in luck! I have discovered the pleasures of chewing real licorice sticks. Sweet, hard, good for the teeth and filled with subtle […]

Masculine Doesn’t Mean Macho

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Andrew Sullivan has a good blog post about how gay men might lift masculinity out of its macho template. He quotes The Agonist’s managing editor Ian Welsh who separates male behavior into the “good” and the “toxic.” Are the men […]

Birds for the Wedding Cake

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Thanks to Mackenzie Sala’s wedding blog “Something Old, Something New” for alerting us to the existence of these exceedingly sweet wedding cake toppers made by artist Ann Wood. Even if you’re not getting married, you’ll find “Something Old, Something New” […]

New Thinkers Unite!

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The Association for Global New Thought has a wonderful website that alerts those with a multi-faith (all-one) mindset to worthy world peace initiatives. Have a look. Click on “Leaders” to read about the group’s co-founder Michael Bernard Beckwith, director of […]

Have Moths Eaten Your Cashmere?

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Annie Berthold-Bond, the “Green Heloise,” includes great tips for keeping your closets moth free in her most recent newsletter (which you can sign up for here). Here’s how to make your own non-toxic, moth repelling sachets: INGREDIENTS 2 ounces each […]

New Study on Plusses of Bible Study

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There’s a movement afoot to get the Bible taught as literature in more grade schools and high schools. Sounds like an idea that will really inflame a lot of people, but this study by William Jeynes (a non-resident scholar at […]

Yoga for Your Mouth

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A new healthy snack bar called “Soy Joy” is trying to humorously capitalize upon the idea that anything affiliated with yoga might sell by calling itself “yoga for your mouth.” Soy Joy’s website additionally features an endorsement from a fit-looking […]

Myss and ‘The Beast in the Jungle’

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I was reading Valerie Reiss’s interview with spiritual teacher and medical intuitive Caroline Myss this morning, and I got caught up in what Myss says is today’s most common source of spiritual discontent. She said of her students: People say […]

My Dad’s Cardiologist Laughed at Me!

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I flew down to South Carolina over the weekend to help care for my 93-year-old dad. He’s had two terrible falls in recent weeks, seriously bruising the whole left side of his body, especially the upper arm and elbow. Thankfully, […]

More Signs of Greener Times

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They’re saying green is the “new black.” Vogue magazine has a whole section on green clothing, fashions, and shopping totes this month. At $15, this is the only affordable shopping bag the editors mentioned, but it appears to have sold […]

Wiccan Pentacle Now Allowed on Military Graves

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After years of confusing the five-pointed star in a circle with Satanic symbolism, the Veterans Administration has finally spoken, and will now allow the Wiccan pentacle to be engraved on the tomb stones of deceased Pagan veterans. Here’s a blog […]

Farewell to Kitty Carlisle Hart

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I love it that she stretched out on her back every morning and rolled her legs up over her head. And I am awed by the fact she looked at herself in the mirror every day and said aloud, “I […]

Sacred Harp Singers Striking Their Note

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The New York Times had an article in its “Escapes” section about Sacred Harp Singing Conventions–more proof that people are looking for more than just a tan when they vacation. The Times describes Sacred Harp, or sharp-note music as “Gregorian […]

Duke University Links Spirituality and Health

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The Duke Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health has recently launched this website that includes links to many research papers on the connections between religious beliefs, spiritual practice and your good health. In addition to learning more about how prayer […]

Angry Alec is a Bad Dad, But There’s Always Hope

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Some of us may have been called “idiotic” or “stupid” as kids. We know how that feels. It doesn’t feel good. So when actor Alec Baldwin’s April 11th voice message to his eleven-year-old daughter Ireland was leaked today, we all […]

Can You Last a Week Without Television?

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“Television is a chewing gum for the eyes,” architect Frank Lloyd Wright once sneered. I suspect he didn’t watch very much, and he got a lot accomplished in his 92 years. “Turn Off Your Television” week begins Monday, April 23rd. […]

Amazing Dance of a Thousand Hands

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If your computer can play this remarkable video of a dance by the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, I do recommend it. Apparently, every dancer here is both deaf and mute, no doubt making it much more difficult to […]

Waking to a Swift, Hard Hit

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In Soto Zen meditation, teachers sometimes strike the student’s shoulders with a Keisaku “awakening stick.” What looks like a “paddling” always comes at the request of the student, who may be sleepy or stiff from sitting so long. But the […]

Al Gore Speaks at Omega’s “Fearless” Convention

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Gore was introduced to the New York Sheraton stage last Friday night in the most beautiful way by Bobby McFerrin who slowly built an engaging a cappella melody out of Gore’s name. Then the crowd of 1700 environmentally-conscious transformational psychology […]

My DSL Got Lost in the Storm

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Sorry about the slim posts yesterday. My DSL high-speed Internet connection blew down in Sunday’s storm. It’s probably not good that our telephone cables run down a wire fence between two Brooklyn backyards. Strange how connections that seem solid one […]

Celebrate Earth Day All Week

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Incredible coverage here outlining five ways to celebrate “Earth Week.” If you’ve been concerned about the environment but perplexed about what you can do to restore it, this marvelous package of articles will help.

Virginia Tech Prayer Circle

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Here’s an online prayer circle where you can post your thoughts and prayers about the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Prayers for Healing from Communal Tragedy

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Words cannot express the heartache we all feel as we watch news reports of student deaths on the campus of Virginia Tech today. Here are some prayers I’ve found that seem appropriate. Blessed are you, Source of LifeWho helps us […]

Our Flood

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When it’s midnight and you’re in your jammies, curling up with the NYTimes mag’s story on “The Greening of Geopolitics,” you really hate to hear your husband shout “The basement is flooding!” But so he did. These are soggy times. […]

Could Bee Deaths Be Caused by Cell Phones?

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Oh God, I was already a cell phone-phobe. Now this. Some experts are wondering if cell phone signals are confusing the honey bees’ inner directives that help them find their way back to their hives–and killing them in droves.

Jesus Christ Was Born This Day

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Happy birthday to me April 17th. And happy birthday to Jesus, who as you must know, was not born on December 25th. Biblical scholars and historians of religion have always suspected that Christ might have been born in the Spring, […]

Deirdre Imus’ Green Book Release

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Oddly enough, this week Deirdre Imus, wife to embattled shock jock Don Imus, came out with a book, “Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning”, about how to clean you home with fewer […]

Have You Checked Your Plog?

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I just logged on to Amazon and saw a little box that said “Valerie’s Plog: 66 Posts.” Of course my first question was, “What’s a plog?” So I clicked. Apparently, a plog is […]

R.I.P., Mr. Rosewater

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. The wonderful author Kurt Vonnegut died yesterday at age 84. Though I’ve buried many of the details of his amazing books deep into my adolescent psyche where they first bloomed (or rather, exploded), […]

What Do You Want?

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. I thought I’d take a moment and poll those of you reading about what you’d like from this blog. Technologically, it’s hard for us to tell which posts “work” and which fall […]

Kool-aid, Kindness, and CNN at the Cancer Hospital

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi. So last night I went for my annual CAT scan to make sure that I still don’t have cancer again. I know Amy’s written about her fantasy of how hospitals should be–soothing […]

Blogging Vanity Fair’s Green Issue

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Earth Day is upon us, Earthlings, and it seems like there is so much more happening now that in years past. I’m seeing a truly incredible upwelling of support, outrage, and determination to […]

An Earth Meditation

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I don’t know about you, but when I read about all the impending ecological doom, I feel pretty helpless. My heart clenches into a little fist of “No” so I don’t have to […]

A Peek Into the Minds of Two Fasters

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. I have two friends on a juice and salad fast this week, Organic Avenue’s touted five-day L.O.V.E. fast, based in New York City. You get small “meals” delivered all week. I thought their […]

Healing the Cubicle

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Are you or someone you love suffering from cubicle-itis? That is, are they or you spending most waking hours in a little box o’ gray? I know, most people imagine the offices here […]

Saving the Sparrows, One Decal at a Time

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of seeing (and hearing) a bird crash into a window? While on a silent Buddhist retreat, Jim Kullander, Omega Institute’s editor-in-chief, saw two sparrows crash into […]

Dr. Weil-n-Me, Fish Safety and You

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By Valerie Reiss, filling in for Amy. Hi, so I’m bragging and sharing: Dr. Andrew Weil’s website just reprinted my B’net essay on my deep ambivalence about “The Secret.” As I was checking out my story there (the sight of […]

Organic Oreos–a Sign of the Health Food Apocalypse?

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. I’ve been wanting to share my fascination/disgust/happiness at the growing number of giant food companies coming out with organic versions of their products. The first shock was the box of Organic Oreos I saw […]

Alanis Transforms “My Humps”

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. You may or may not be familiar with the song ragingly popular about a year ago, “My Humps,” by the Black Eyed Peas, featuring Fergie. It’s catchy, but about as irritating as someone chewing […]

Wants vs. Needs

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By Valerie Reiss, covering for Amy. Found this lovely little reminder on Treehugger today, it’s the Want vs. Need Glass, cleverly designed to overflow at the first drop over need. It’s a statement on water consumption. Here’s what Trendhunter had […]

Fire Up the Grid

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Here’s a fascinating project and website: Fire the Grid. It is the creation of a woman, who with her young son, nearly drowned in a lake in 2002. In the midst of her near-death experience, she heard voices that told […]

The Patagonia Blog

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Corporations are getting into blogging big-time with hopes of warming up their products, and cultivating more personal relationships with consumers. Tide detergent has a message board, with opportunities for readers to log on and write about their laundry experiences. Who’d […]

Spring in the Breeze

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I’ll be off next week to relax a bit and then go to the Omega “Being Fearless” conference here in New York, where both Al Gore and Jane Goodall will give keynotes! Have a wonderfully healthy week. Take good care […]

The Taize Service

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I went to the most moving and beautiful Taize evening prayer service in Brooklyn last night at the Park Slope United Methodist Church. After 45 minutes of silence, prayer, and chant, I left the sanctuary infused with God’s spirit, prepared […]

Are Green Tea Sippers More Moral Than Coffee Hounds?

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There’s a hilarious article about the popularity of green tea on Slate right now, written by editor Jacob Weisberg. I can’t quite tell if he’s really a new convert to the wonder beverage. I kind of doubt it. One thing’s […]

Spiritual Fashions Moving Up in the World

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Hey guys, here is some fantastic “spiritual” couture I’m putting it up, not to arouse your desire, but to affirm that this is a fashion direction you’ll be seeing more. The Asian-influenced silk-paneled jackets are really gorgeous, but here’s the […]

What Aren’t You Eating Now?

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Spoke to a friend this morning who moaned, “I’m not eating carbs these days.” “Oh!” said I, “I’m off wheat, dairy, and sugar!” When I say I’m off sugar, I mean refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, and all artificial sweeteners […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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“Queen of Green” Debra Lynn Dadd has posted an article about dyeing Easter eggs with onion skins, cranberry juice, beet skins, red cabbage, wine, and turmeric.

Radical Crafter Knits Body Count Mittens

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Los Angeles knitter and photographer Lisa Ann Auerbach has lived by the motto “Stop making scarves. Start making trouble” since 2005 when she made her first pair of Iraq War body count mittens. The American body count number knitted into […]

Allegri’s ‘Miserere': Forever Bound to This Holy Week

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Do you have this Tallis Scholars CD of Gregorio Allegri’s “Miserere”? If not, have a listen to the excerpts on Amazon.com, and consider adding it to your sacred music collection. And read the Amazon.com reviews online where early music authorities, […]

Did Your Favorite Sacred Music Make This List?

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As I was researching Allegri’s “Miserere,” I found this list of Daniel Graser’s favorite pieces of sacred music on Amazon.com. Handel, Bruckner, Faure, Mahler, Brahams, Beethovan, Berlioz: Graser is a modern-day saxophonist who seems to know what he’s talking about. […]

April: The Cruelest Month or Most Inspiring?

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How does the month of April affect you? Julia Bondi writes this in a recent Mooncircles.com essay on the “Intuitive Message for the Libra Full Moon:” “Celebrations of spring, resurrection, and spiritual survival are natural to this season. Aries ushers […]

Anne Lamott’s Resurrection Story

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Don’t miss this interview with “Traveling Mercies” author Anne Lamott, where she opens wide the definition of what a resurrection is.

Yoga For Your Face

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Here’s another piece from the “Times” too irresistible to pass up for mention: this one is about people trying facial yoga to relax face and neck muscles and perhaps offset wrinkles. “People want a healthy alternative to looking good without […]

Eggs in the Branches

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Here’s another fun egg project. This one involves blowing the contents of the egg out of its shell through a tiny hole (something older kids will think is cool when they’ve outgrown the thrills of egg dying). Then the hollow […]

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