If you saw the Sonoma Valley Regional Park last October after intense fires swept through, you’d hardly recognize it now. From charred blackness to a riot of beauty, the sky lupines, buttercups and other flowers are blooming aplenty thanks to reduced competition from annual grasses and increased nitrogen from post-fire
How far would you go to protect someone you love? I just finished watching Wild, Wild Country – a Netflix documentary about the controversial spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his disciples, in particular his personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela. Those of us who followed this bizarre saga as it
Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, playwright and bon vivant, was sentenced to two years’ hard labor in 1895 – for the crime of being homosexual. During the time he was incarcerated, Wilde became determined to turn his suffering into a spiritual journey. He documented his ordeal and rebirth in a 50,000-word
Life has been quite a roller coaster ride since last August’s total solar eclipse in Leo. Like it or not, we’re being revolutionized. This crazy energy reached a peak at the Feb. 15 solar eclipse in Aquarius, which coincided with a horrific school shooting that galvanized a generation to rise
Kathy Wilkes-Myers was walking along a highway in central Tennessee recently when she came across a scrawny, starving Rottweiler. The dog, who she later learned was named Ella, rubbed against Kathy’s leg looking for reassurance. “I could just tell right away she was somebody’s baby,” the Good Samaritan told CBS.
Late one night back in 1926, Grace bundled her two small children into her car and fled Memphis, Texas for good. She’d had enough of her no-good husband and was determined to start a new life in Corpus Christi. The young mother, who had never worked outside the home, spent
By now you’ve no doubt heard Oprah Winfrey’s galvanizing speech at last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards. Winfrey was one of many Hollywood heavy-hitters who spoke up that night to support projects like the newly formed Time’s Up campaign. A powerful response to the #MeToo movement that swept across social media
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been making the same New Year’s resolutions year after year. Each January, we vow to lose weight, make more money, find true love or be a kinder person. Back in 1988, a study tracked 200 people with their New Year’s resolutions. Within a month,
From fake news, inflammatory tweets and breathtaking roll-backs on vital policies to devastating floods, earthquakes and fires, at first glance it might seem that 2017 was a bust. Yet consider how far we’ve come: After years of pressure by environmentalists, the World Bank just announced it will cease all investments
Recently I sank into a funk. For over an hour, a voice in my head had been accusing me of terrible things. Like not doing enough to save the planet – and thereby being responsible for its imminent demise. Of being so blinded by my privilege and selfishness that I
For two years, Wayne Winters and his wife had been hoping for a kidney donor to save her from stage five kidney failure. But Winters was tired of waiting. So with passion in his heart and resolve in his 74-year-old bones, he took to the streets of Farr West, Utah
Lately I’ve been re-reading my 2001 travel journal, the account of a five-month road trip in which I visited earthen homes in six states and interviewed those who create and live in them. The goal of my journey was two-fold: to write a book on “living outside the box,” and
Who would have imagined that an eccentric tech billionaire would partner up with a Caribbean island to rebuild its electrical grid after a deadly hurricane? Yet that’s exactly what seems to be happening, after Tesla chief Elon Musk recently reached out to Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello offering to transform
The great psychologist Carl Jung once noted, “The highest, most decisive experience is to be alone with one’s own self. You must be alone to find out what supports you.” Jung’s Leo Sun was conjunct independent Uranus – going his own way came naturally to him. But what about you?
An Arab proverb tells of a nomad who was questioning his faith. He approached a prophet, asking whether he should tie up his camel while he slept, or simply trust that the animal would still be there when he awoke. The prophet replied that he must do both: “Trust in