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Lessons Learned From Teaching at the Esalen Benefit Weekend

The Esalen Institute is home to a truly unique, magical, loving, authentic community of highly intelligent, well-educated and exceptionally talented thought-leaders committed to positive global transformation. I was extremely honored to be invited to teach [...]

By | October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Lessons Learned From Teaching at the Esalen Benefit Weekend

“Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

“Meditation is the act of meditation.” ~ Sogyal Rimpoche Yesterday a friend told me how disappointed she was with the local “Self-Compassion” mindfulness meditation class in which she was enrolled. She noticed that attendance had [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on “Clearing Emotional Clutter” by Donald Altman: Book Review

Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the creator, there is no poverty. ~ Rilke Patti Smith, Curtis [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|Categories: Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Chris Brown’s “Superior”: Best Song Never Heard In America

What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

Heartbreak, open relationships, bisexuality, celebrity crushes... much more than I ever expected from an evening of Shakespeare. Los Angeles is not known for its exceptional theater, but on Saturday evening I attended the Shakespeare Center [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Categories: Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on What Women Really Say When They’re Alone: Therese Barbato’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Podcast

The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

“Go wrong strong.” ~ Miles Davis “New ears for new music.” ~ Nietzsche For the last 50 years, a seminal part of Western popular music has been the guitar solo. What makes an epic guitar [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Film, Music, Book & Art Reviews|Comments Off on The Psychology Of An Epic Guitar Solo

David Brooks: Racist, Homophobe, Ignoramus

Gandhi was asked, “What do you think of Western civilization?” “I think it would be a good idea,” he replied. ~ CBS News Special, “The Italians” “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” [...]

By | July 3rd, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous|Comments Off on David Brooks: Racist, Homophobe, Ignoramus

If It’s Free How Much Does It Cost?

"Go shopping." ~ President George W. Bush shortly after 9/11 "Finance has increasingly made us creatures of time." ~ William N. Goetzmann, "Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible." The Sierra Club mails me [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: Miscellaneous|Comments Off on If It’s Free How Much Does It Cost?

10 Ways To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult

"People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Categories: Psychology|Comments Off on 10 Ways To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult