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CM’s Final Posts: You Can Fill the Space

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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 […]

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read

posted by acunningham

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 […]

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Still Posted at My Desk

posted by acunningham

“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:

posted by acunningham

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 […]

Don’t Pierce Your Belly Button

posted by acunningham

I caught the following conversation between two pretty women in the ladies’ room of a Manhattan restaurant. One of the women was pregnant. And she said, “So my acupuncturist made me take the ring out of my belly button.” “Really?” […]

‘I Will Survive’

posted by acunningham

You may have been wondering how Tammy Faye Messner, who died at age 65 several days ago, became a gay icon in the goddess tradition of Lady Di, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. Slate.com’s “Explainer” explains it all here. For […]

Damanhur: Heaven on Earth?

posted by acunningham

Do you know about Damanhur? It’s a 1,000-resident intentional community and eco-village in the mountains of Italy that’s currently attracting the interest of American spiritual seekers. In 2004, the United Nations acknowledged Damanhur as a model for sustainable society. Children […]

Looking for the Right Mala?

posted by acunningham

Have to say these are the nicest wrist malas I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t their gorgeousness rip open your heart? You could use one to lovingly count mantras during your meditation practice. And while specific Eastern mantras are recommended for each […]

Stick with Your Fish Oil

posted by acunningham

Good testament to the power of fish oil and omega-3s here. I’ve heard these supplements are especially crucial for kids with special needs.

Twig Tea Shouldn’t Be Your Last Pick

posted by acunningham

I was grumpy this morning as I rooted through my kitchen cabinets, irritated with myself for running out of green tea, when I located a small bag of Kukicha twigs I’d relegated to secondary tea status. I fixed a cup […]

Explore Your Psyche with Sandplay Therapy

posted by acunningham

Regardless of what your insurance company says, psychotherapy should not go away. Or end early. Everybody needs therapy at one time or another. Here’s a technique that’s catching on fast with spiritually-inclined Jungian people (like us!). It’s called Sand Tray […]

A Kitchen Prayer

posted by acunningham

“Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace. Forgive me all my worrying and make my grumbling cease. Thou who didst love to give men food, in room or by the sea Accept this service […]

What’s Your View of Near-Death Experiences?

posted by acunningham

Mentioned in a Newsweek article on new techniques in heart resuscitation, is the near-death experience research of Dr. Jeffrey Long. Here is Long’s website where you can read one or more of the 1,000 near-death stories he’s collected, share your […]

Chattering Mind Evaporates Next Monday, July 30

posted by acunningham

Dearest readers: After meeting with Beliefnet.com editors last Friday to talk it through, I’ve decided to stop writing Chattering Mind a week from today. While I’m nervous about this idea of mine and sad about the loss of my ability […]

Make Time for Creativity

posted by acunningham

Inspirational teacher and artist Jan Phillips recently posted this sweet video on YouTube.com. It’s all about the spiritual power of art. Watch the whole thing if you’ve been struggling to find time for your creative work. Learn more about Phillips, […]

Amma Getting Her Best Press Yet

posted by acunningham

Ammachi, the beatific Indian hugging saint, has received wonderful clips from the press this most recent U.S. tour. Here’s Erik Davis’s Salon.com article about his encounter with her. And he even got to speak with her! Here’s what she said: […]

What’s Sacred About Self-Centeredness?

posted by acunningham

Okay, I know. On the surface of it, “sacred self-centeredness” sounds insane. I hear the voices saying “What on earth is sacred about being self-centered?” How well we know those voices. But women taxed by career, cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning, […]

Restore Yourself With Child’s Pose

posted by acunningham

I sometimes roll into Child’s Pose, letting my shins and knees sink into my mattress before I get out of bed. I did this when I was a kid. I keep the center of my forehead on the mattress for […]

New York City Blast Unearths Asbestos Risk–or Not?

posted by acunningham

New York City’s heart stood still yesterday when a 24″-wide, 80-year-old steam pump exploded under the ground near Grand Central Station releasing huge billows of sulfery steam and fountains of rock, mud, and yes, particles of asbestos (insulation that the […]

Placenta-Eating Coming into Fashion

posted by acunningham

Dried and in capsules, it might not taste half bad. Here’s an article about how a mother prone to postpartum depression overcame her history by eating bits of her fourth baby’s placenta.

John of God at Omega in October

posted by acunningham

The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, has announced that the famous Brazilian healer John of God is coming to conduct workshops October 1-4. The first day is already sold out. This will be his only visit to the U.S. […]

Back-to-School Bento Lunch Boxes

posted by acunningham

Veganlunchbox.com got me interested in these wonderful bento box lunchboxes to use for my kids’ school/camp lunches. Now Rachel Ray is into them too! They seem to foster a healthier dining approach since they can safely (and attractively) contain moist […]

Are You Sensitive to That New Car Smell?

posted by acunningham

Car manufacturers are in the process of developing less toxic, more environmentally sound car interiors. While we wait, we can study this page developed by green journalist Debra Lynn Dadd, and actually discover which current car interiors are safest for […]

Here’s One Yummy Dharma Mom Blog

posted by acunningham

Thanks to astrologer Shelley Ackerman for directing me to the most literate, artistic, and honest mom blog I’ve seen in a while. It’s called “Dharma Mom: My Life with a 29-lb Guru.” (The actual URL address “nursingatkeyboard.blogspot.com.) This is the […]

Women’s Magazines Can’t Tell the Truth

posted by acunningham

Hey, here’s a great Jezebel blog post with July Redbook cover images of singer Faith Hill before and after Photoshopping! Lordy, lordy, let us not be taken prisoner! Let us not feel we look like squat when we daily face […]

Apartment Therapy Blog Offers Green Offshoot

posted by acunningham

Boasting pink waterless toilets, clothes lines shaped like trees, and talk of a new book called “The Lazy Environmentalist,” Apartment Therapy’s new green blog is nothing short of fabulous. Check it out!

Suzanne Vega’s New Album

posted by acunningham

Good news. Folk chanteuse Suzanne Vega has released her first CD in six years. It’s called “Beauty and Crime.” If you’re not acquainted with her feminine, floaty, breathy voice, please listen to samples of her work at the above link […]

A Path to Healthy Feet

posted by acunningham

Remember having those toughened-up “summer feet” when you were a kid? I ran barefoot much of the summer as a child, but like most adults, would never go beyond my house and garden without shoes now. Well, here’s a somewhat […]

Historic Past Lives of the Famous

posted by acunningham

Here’s the interesting (to some, most amusing) website of a man who feels that the founding fathers and other historic figures have been reincarnated into the bodies of today’s public figures. He uses photographs and old paintings to reveal that […]

Lessons Learned from Harry Potter

posted by acunningham

This click-through gallery on lessons learned from Harry Potter is very sweet. Among the tips: “Stay true to your nerdy friends,” “Don’t fear death,” “Speak your pain,” and “Beware of pompous people.” This is a good thing to share with […]

Noshing Consciously: The New Jewish Food Movement

posted by acunningham

This article describes an emerging trend to expand, rethink, and green up the ritual of keeping kosher. Many observant Jews have always been proponents of eating consciously, so it’s exciting to hear about old rituals being made new. “…for many […]

Hippie Communes Have Evolved, and You May Like Them

posted by acunningham

The hippie 1960’s dream of communal living has been deflated by its own bad press. Its old lefty tires were punctured by reports of power-hungry leadership, sickening free sex, and manipulative, “spiritual” screwed-upness. But communal living, known as “intentional community” […]

What to Take With Statins

posted by acunningham

If you or a loved one are on a cholesterol-lowering prescription drug, note that Dr. Andrew Weil recommends Co-enzyme Q10 as a dietary supplement. He discusses this in his newsstand magazine “Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing Guide to Lowering Cholesterol” […]

Consume with a Conscience

posted by acunningham

World Shoppers Unite! Go to Better World Shopper’s website and look left to find a menu of consumer goods ranked by how kind their production and trade is for the planet. For instance, in the category of shoes, Better World […]

Chant of a Great Devotee

posted by acunningham

Fans of kirtan walla Krishna Das will enjoy Linda Johnsen’s extended conversation with him featured as part of Yoga + Joyful Living’s website (which has all kinds of nice features you can enjoy by landing here and clicking through ‘Yoga […]

Some Buddhists Honor Dead July 13-15

posted by acunningham

July 13 marks the beginning of the Japanese Obon Festival, a time when the dead are invited to come back to share time with us. Writes Waverly Fitzgerald at SchooloftheSeasons.com: “It is also called the Festival of the Lanterns, because […]

NYC Shootings Near My Door

posted by acunningham

I’m distressed by the news that two NYC police officers were shot Monday morning when they stopped to question the drivers of a stolen SUV. One officer was shot in the face and is fighting for life. His partner was […]

David Brooks Looks at Warped Girl Power

posted by acunningham

Oh good, David Brooks has been listening to top-40 radio hits with his kids too. He writes today about how perverse some hit songs are now and links Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” to Pink’s “U + Ur Hand,” and […]

Al’s Home Run

posted by acunningham

Cintra Wilson writes glowingly of Al Gore’s Live Earth concert here for Salon. Al Gore’s barn-burning second act is an effort to raise consciousness about global warming but it is also an affirmation that there are more of us than […]

The Earth Will Survive

posted by acunningham

Received this today in a note from a friend, and thought I’d pass it along. “It’s incredible human arrogance to think we can destroy the world, the planet. We can’t. We can make it uninhabitable for humans and other creatures, […]

Tools for Bug Liberation

posted by acunningham

Well, we were talking about pests and bugs last week. These mantra-adorned “bug catchers,” which appear to be nothing more than sweet little boxes that can serve as holding tanks for your bugs as you walk them to the door, […]

‘West Side Story’ Originally Concerned with Jewish/Catholic Tension

posted by acunningham

I took my children to see an excellent revival of “West Side Story” yesterday and was happy to behold that they gave the show a standing ovation (kids generally love standing ovations). I drove home singing songs from the world-famous […]

Polymers Are Forever

posted by acunningham

Check out this depressing, but marvelously executed article on plastic, adapted from Alan Weisman’s book “The World Without Us”, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press this month. Every bit of plastic ever manufactured is still with us on […]

Why We Tamed the Wilderness

posted by acunningham

As I was walking our dog down a country road in Western Massachusetts this morning, I was thinking about how taming the wilderness is such a natural human impulse. I’ve been unsettled by the disease-carrying deer ticks our dog keeps […]

Should Harry Potter Die for Us?

posted by acunningham

Harry Potter fans anticipating the July 21st release of the last and seventh book in the series might enjoy (not quite the right word) this piece about whether or not the great boy wizard should sacrifice himself for the wellbeing […]

Heavenly Rug

posted by acunningham

I happened to spy this angel rug on a website of braided country rugs. Nice one, isn’t it? Would be best to hang, as it measures 13-by-35 inches. Costs $300. Crafty readers: can you teach us how to make our […]

Do You Dream of the Dead?

posted by acunningham

Here’s a nice article about the significant dreams people have that feature cameo appearances of deceased parents, children, spouses, or friends. Have you ever experienced such a dream at night, where a dead person appears to help, comfort, or offer […]

Eight Weeks of Yoga Improves Concentration

posted by acunningham

Yoga continues to get good press. Here’s the latest. An excerpt: Yoga reduced anxiety and improved motivation and concentration in as little as eight weeks, according to a new study. The study involved 84 college students who were put in […]

It’s Firefly Season

posted by acunningham

The best summer fireworks are provided by fireflies, those bliss-conjuring, blinking beetles that fly (I hope) in the backyards of your neighborhood. I had an intense, spiritual experience communing with fireflies two years ago while on a silent retreat near […]

All Learning Stems From Wonder

posted by acunningham

“In every soul who seeks to reach the truth, there must, at one time, be present this experience of standing in awe before the universe. Otherwise our thinking will attain merely to what is correct, but never to the truth […]

Oy, More on Soy

posted by acunningham

The July-August Utne Reader publishes four articles on soy, attacking the hot subject from different angles. Starhawk, aaugh, I don’t want to shake your faith or heavy soy habits, but, really, take another look. None of these articles make me […]

The Backyard Bodhisattva

posted by acunningham

Lama Surya Das discloses how the world often offers us relationships with closet Bodhisattvas, precious people of tremendous depth and kindness, here. We just have to know how to see them when they’re right in front of us, and appreciate […]

Gallery of Goodies From LOHASian Travels

posted by acunningham

Holistic Spirituality editor Valerie Reiss files a report on the fun, eco-reinforcing findings she collected at the recent Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability convention here.

Flea and Tick Season Angst

posted by acunningham

Yesterday, my childrens’ swimming teacher cancelled a lesson because she had awful stomach cramps. Twenty-four hours later, she is better. It wasn’t food poisoning, she says. She’s suspecting it had something to do with the fact that her dog and […]

Enviros Wary of Green-Lites

posted by acunningham

You’ve got to read this piece from yesterday’s New York Times: “Buying Into The Green Movement: Eco-friendly shopping may be fashionable, but critics argue it won’t reduce global warming.” This had to be said, and writer Alex Williams reports the […]

Inter-Dependence Day

posted by acunningham

Well, I’m sure your July 4th plans have shaped up by now. You’re going to wave the flag, praise our president, and feel proud as hell. Not. Or not exactly. I know you are a complete patriot though, marinated in […]

America’s Guardian Angel Prayer

posted by acunningham

This comes from a site of Catholic prayers, but you can adapt it to suit your religious system. O Glorious Guardian Angel of the United States, to whom God has entrusted the care of our beloved country, we honor you […]

An All-New Paris?

posted by acunningham

I failed to watch Larry King interview the new-sprung Paris Hilton last night, but here’s what the New York Times said. Sounds like Paris’s resolve to reform will wear off with time. But I’m still rooting for her. After she […]

Lessons of Alzheimer’s

posted by acunningham

Here’s an excellent paper written by Gisela Webb, a comparative religion scholar, on the spiritual dimensions and lessons of Alzheimer’s–for sufferer and caretaker. I have learned from the Alzheimer’s ward the value of realizing that we all are going to […]

Clutter Clearing

posted by acunningham

One thing I love about living in my in-law’s country house every summer is that I’m separated from much of my stuff–my shoes, clothes, books, photos, mail, and all those magazines piling up. Possessions and clutter inhibit us all from […]

Scientists on Spiritual Experiences

posted by acunningham

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute calls Dr. Charles T. Tart “one of the fathers of the New Age.” I heard him speak to the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy a few years ago and was so taken with […]

Hotels Go Green

posted by acunningham

This is not a big surprise, but it’s exciting to contemplate: A future filled with eco hotels. Here’s an article about the greening of the hotel business. An excerpt: At the boutique hotel Greenhouse 26, set to open next year […]

Morning Meditation for Christians

posted by acunningham

I arise today through the mighty strength of the Lord of Creation… Click here to experience Beliefnet’s new “Christian Morning Meditation.” The text is an old Irish prayer. Send it to your friends who’d benefit. And tell me what you […]

A Soy Moderate

posted by acunningham

<a href="http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/13/CMGJKK1BP31.DTL Some of you may have been alarmed by what Sally Fallon said about "the dark side" of soy, once considered a miracle food, now becoming a virtual mainstay in even the non-vegetarian's diet. Here’s another view of soy […]

Big Sky Painting

posted by acunningham

A full-page reproduction of a painting of the Texas Panhandle by Peter Di Gesu in the July 2007 issue of Shambhala Sun has gotten me wrapped up in this contemplative painter’s work. Every year, Di Gesu drives through western and […]

Picking What You Don’t Prefer

posted by acunningham

I know I quoted from a Buddhist essay yesterday, but I’ve got to do it again. I swear, the Buddhist press is printing some of the best writing out there. Here’s an excerpt from an article by Darlene Cohen called […]

God at the Movies

posted by acunningham

Here’s a funny gallery of images showing how God has been portrayed in films and TV shows over the last several decades

The Soul of Molting

posted by acunningham

There’s a gorgeous essay by Lin Jensen in the June/July Mandala, connecting the way birds molt to the process of awakening through spiritual practice. Here’s an excerpt: The molting of birds can be either sudden or gradual. The sudden or […]

Can’t Stop Staring at My New OM Magnet

posted by acunningham

“Why do you keep looking at it?” my 10-year-old said with a chuckle as I stopped to look again at the OM magnet I’d secured to the left side of our car’s trunk. I’ve placed it about 16 inches northwest […]

Good Yoga Blog

posted by acunningham

Thanks Sierra for alerting us all to Linda’s yoga blog. Click here to read.

Wife-Slapping Man Sentenced to Yoga

posted by acunningham

Thanks to the reader who brought this Houston judge’s unusual sentence to our attention. The case was publicized some in January, but I missed it. Today, I tried and failed to find James Lee Cross through Houston directory assistance. I’d […]

Dark Side of Soy

posted by acunningham

Nutrition powerhouses Sally Fallon and Mary Enig (the authors of “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats“) write passionately about the “dark side of America’s favorite health food”–SOY–in the July/August edition of Well Being […]

Yoga in Times Square: Mind Over Madness

posted by acunningham

Yoga is peaceful, and class is usually quiet. But some 800 people registered to take one of six yoga classes in the large traffic island within Times Square on Thursday, an all-day event organized by the Times Square Alliance in […]

Building Bridges for Indigo Children

posted by acunningham

If you have a sensitive child who has been diagnosed with ADHD or any other developmental delay, you may want to attend the upcoming “Building Bridges” conference, September 15-17, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The organizers emphasize what’s miraculous and amazing […]

The God Tone

posted by acunningham

Meet Meet Mark Patterson. He opens his mouth, and sounds come out. Patterson knows his sounds soothe. Now he’s beginning to research how his sounds might heal. Patterson has no training in music or Tibetan throat singing. The sounds, he […]

World’s Best Yoga Mats

posted by acunningham

The New York Times asked Julie Kleinman, director of programming for the Yoga Works chain of studios, to test a wide assortment of yoga mats. Here are the mats she liked best for their stickiness, stability, and environmental consciousness.

It Takes a Village

posted by acunningham

Watch this culture war between a tribe of water buffaloes and six lions vying for a captured calf. Thanks to the mom blog SnipsSnailandPigtails for alerting me to this. Takes eight minutes to view.

Not Barbara Bush’s Pearls

posted by acunningham

As I recently examined a pearl necklace my mother left me, holding it up to my neck in the mirror, I thought: “Gosh, it’s too bad I will never, ever, wear this.” But take note of what spiritual jewelery designers […]

Why Meditate?

posted by acunningham

Two readers–Barb and Anonymous Also–posted yesterday to say that they’re not completely “getting” the merits and methods of meditation. Thanks guys, for your honesty. Valid points. Great questions. I’ve gathered some links for you that will help. First, here’s Robert […]

A Spiritual Take on an Old Love Song

posted by acunningham

Do you like this rendition of the old Beatles’ song “I Love Her?” (Look to the menu at left and click on the title.) Spirit-fed singer Eliana Gilad turns it into a love ode to the divine feminine. Here’s her […]

Celebrating the Radical Middle

posted by acunningham

Here’s a blog you might resonate with: it’s Mark Satin’s streaming thoughts on the need for a “radical middle.” Very integral. Here’s his list of the best “radical middle” magazines out there: American Enterprise, The Washington Monthly, Futurist, Atlantic, Blueprint, […]

Celebrate This Week’s Summer Solstice

posted by acunningham

The summer solstice occurs this Thursday, June 21st, at 2:06 p.m., which means that the year’s longest days will gradually get shorter as the season of summer ripens. Though many of us are, in fact, freer to stay up later […]

How to Build a Midsummer Bonfire

posted by acunningham

Gathering around a midsummer bonfire is a traditional way to celebrate the long summer days of late June. If you live near a beach where bonfires are allowed or if you know of some other legal site, you will perhaps […]

Making a Midsummer Wreath

posted by acunningham

Wreaths of early summer flowers are also traditional solstice items you can make and display in your home. Here are Waverly Fitzgerald’s wreath-making instructions.

Puck Celebrates Midsummer’s Eve

posted by acunningham

Shakespeare set “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the night of the summer solstice since it was believed to be an evening of enchantment when plucked herbs are at peak powers, and when passionate romance easily unfurls. You’ve probably seen the […]

Calming the Minds of School Kids

posted by acunningham

Patricia Leigh Brown delves into the hot topic of meditation training for school-aged kids in this balanced article for the New York Times. The piece is nice because it’s not a gung-ho endorsement. Some children become calmer and more focused […]

Is Your Home a Sanctuary?

posted by acunningham

Beliefnet has ventured into the realm of narrative videos. This one quickly chronicles the spiritual home makeover of a suburban Jersey mom whose cluttered abode is led out of chaos and into a healing sanctuary. All it takes is candles, […]

Spiritual Book Award Winners

posted by acunningham

The Nautilus Book Awards competition has announced winners for its 7th annual contest (for books published in 2006 and 2005). It awards “distinguished literary contributions to spiritual growth, high-level wellness, responsible leadership, positive social change, and to the world of […]

Interpreting Top 40 Hits

posted by acunningham

My kids, now 10 and 13, love to listen to our local top-40 hit radio station. Justin Timberlake, Fergie, and other pop music stars are suddenly characters in our lives, as vivid as any people we know in reality. I’m […]

Ken Wilber on Integrating Shamanism

posted by acunningham

Here’s the transcript of a sweet conversation from Ken Wilber’s blog on how to bring shamanism into an integral framework. People who study shamanic disciplines–like everyone else excited about a spiritual practice–sometimes think that what they’re learning is “all there […]

‘Mother Jones’ Contemplates the Death of Nature

posted by acunningham

Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, the editors of “Mother Jones” magazine, have put together a dynamite issue on what’s being called the Sixth Great Extinction, the possibility that half of all plants and wildlife could become extinct by the 2100. […]

Anger Easier on the Body Than Fear

posted by acunningham

Don’t repress your healthy anger! But don’t explode either. This study seems to show that fear is harder on your body, than angry feelings. But here’s something else revealed by the same researcher: People who responded angrily after September 11th, […]

Check Your Vitamin D Level

posted by acunningham

It’s a good idea to have your Vitamin D levels checked in your next blood test. Many women are discovering that their levels are seriously low, and vitamin D deficiencies have recently been linked to various kinds of cancers, breast […]

Engaging Kids in the Cooking Process

posted by acunningham

Bravo TV network has hit upon a successful formula that melds “Survival”-style endurance reality with “Idol”-inspired contests. My family adored Bravo’s “Top Design”–a show in which talented interior designers battled against each other every week for the “Top Design” title, […]

Feed Your Family Food That Counts

posted by acunningham

Here’s a book that sounds great and was favorably mentioned in today’s New York Times: “The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals” by Missy Chase Lapine. And don’t forget VeganLunchbox.com, the web’s best site […]

Playing With Religious Symbols

posted by acunningham

Need a breather? Try this. It’s Beliefnet’s new matching game, a test of your intuitive recall powers.

Could Paris Hilton Be the Next Lady Di?

posted by acunningham

Ebenezer Scrooge changed over night. Sure, it took the visits of three ghosts, but…Paris Hilton might change too. Already she seems to have made more progress than Martha Stewart ever did! Apparently, Hilton’s maybe-life-isn’t-just-about-parties transformation began before her jail term […]

“People’s Pharmacy” Boasts Novel Home Remedies

posted by acunningham

While researching home remedies for wasp stings online for my brother-in-law (a cut raw onion placed on the bite soothes inflammation), I came across the most wonderful resource–The People’s Pharmacy. If you’ve never heard of Joe and Terry Graedon, authors […]

We Create the Future

posted by acunningham

Click and scroll down to see this trailer for a documentary film about the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) conference, called “the hottest gathering in the world” by the writers of Wired magazine. It sounds like a cooler, hipper, smaller World […]

Prayer Beads to Honor Saints

posted by acunningham

Aren’t these lovely? They’re pocket prayer beads in honor of many Catholic saints with specific instructions on what to say or chant as you pray with them. As you know, saints are assigned specific domains: Saint Monica is the patron […]

Lovable Dog Website

posted by acunningham

LongLiveYourDog.com is essentially an ad for pet food, but you’ll really enjoy meeting all of the dogs here. Check out Bernie. Definitely good for a belly laugh.

I Liked the ‘Sopranos’ Finale!

posted by acunningham

Lots of fans expecting blood and guts were disappointed with the subtle, gentle finale of the HBO series “The Sopranos.” I too, thought my cable connection was severed when the TV went gray after Tony raised his head to see […]

On Caring

posted by acunningham

Last night, I couldn’t get to sleep. The academic year is ending, my kids are growing up. Our 10-year-old has also started antibiotic treatment for a suspected case of Lyme disease, caught early after a field trip; I was stewing […]

God’s Gender

posted by acunningham

I sometimes make God sound male in my blog posts by using the words “His” or “Him.” I apologize to anyone who is offended by this. The politically correct part of me knows that making God male isn’t right, but […]

God Loves Tony Soprano

posted by acunningham

On Sunday night, TV mobster Tony Soprano will probably be put to rest. But will he find peace? Does God’s mercy extend to such a man? I’m guessing “yes.” In death, Tony Soprano may find relief. Clearly, like the folks […]

New Blogging Software Loading Soon

posted by acunningham

Beliefnet.com is loading a new blogging tool this afternoon. This is actually a happy development and it will ultimately lead to new ways of organizing and accessing posts. While Chattering Mind’s pages will be up and accessible through the weekend, […]

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CM's Final Posts: You Can Fill the Space
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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