Miscellaneous

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 alongside some of my favorite teachers such as Sally Kempton, Terry Hunt, Chip Conley and so many others, but when [...]

2016-11-13T21:36:34+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Lessons Learned From Teaching at the Esalen Benefit Weekend

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.” ~ Lord Acton I have been a registered Democrat for 31 years and not once have I heard a fellow [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:19+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|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 shiny nickels proudly visible through clear pockets on the envelopes; earlier this year Capital One Visa paid me over $500 [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:19+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on If It’s Free How Much Does It Cost?

The Opposite of War Is Not Peace; The Opposite of War Is Art

We possess art lest we perish of the truth. ~ Nietzsche I think that by all measures and standards I would be considered a hack as a jazz guitarist. That does not detract from the pleasure I receive through being creative and learning new melodies on the guitar. People such as Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, [...]

2015-12-27T22:03:03+00:00 December 26th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on The Opposite of War Is Not Peace; The Opposite of War Is Art

Is Miley Cyrus the Joan Baez of Her Generation?

"I see alot of people wear clothing who are assholes so maybe it's wearing clothing that makes people assholes." ~ Miley Cyrus Although I am fairly certain that my great-grandmother thought the same of Bob Dylan as I think of Justin Bieber (not sure how one says "colossal twat" in yiddish), it appears as if [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:21+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Is Miley Cyrus the Joan Baez of Her Generation?

Dating, Mating & Gender Roles in the Loneliest City on Planet Earth

I usually begin my online dating profiles with something tongue-in-cheek such as, "Dating in Los Angeles should be listed as a crime against humanity as the whole process is inhumane: basically it's like auditioning to play a role in someone else's script entitled, 'This Is What I Think My Life Should Resemble.'" Arranged marriages in [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:23+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Dating, Mating & Gender Roles in the Loneliest City on Planet Earth

Yes Is the New No

There is a wonderful sketch in Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl where four Yorkshiremen are trying to best each other regarding who survived the most indigent and treacherous childhood. Douglas Coupland referred to a similar phenomenon that occurs at AA meetings as "onedownsmenship." There is a new game in town in relation to [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:23+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Yes Is the New No

10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

"Life down here is just a strange illusion." Iron Maiden, "Hallowed Be Thy Name" Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times! Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy" is irresponsible on so many [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:24+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on 10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

How I Learned That “Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved But a Mystery to Be Lived”

I'm not aware of too many things I know what I know, if you know what I mean Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box Religion is the smile on a dog I'm not aware of too many things I know what I know, if you know what I mean Philosophy is a walk [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:25+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on How I Learned That “Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved But a Mystery to Be Lived”

Why I Would Vote for Marianne Williamson for Any Office For Which She Ran

Imagine you are President of the World and receive the following offer from aliens: "Supreme Leader, a sustainable gross world product is $10 trillion a year. We would like to make you an offer: $600 trillion for the entire earth. True, we plan to extract all of its resources, destroy the topsoil, poison the oceans, [...]

2016-10-13T10:23:27+00:00 December 20th, 2013|Miscellaneous|Comments Off on Why I Would Vote for Marianne Williamson for Any Office For Which She Ran