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Totto Chan: The Little Girl at the Window
"This engaging series of childhood recollections tells about an ideal school in Tokyo during World War II that combined learning with fun, freedom, and love. This unusual school had old railroad cars for classrooms, and it was run by an extraordinary man--its founder and headmaster, Sosaku Kobayashi--who was a firm believer in freedom of expression and activity. In real life, the Totto-chan of the... posted on Jun 23 2020, 2,744 reads


The Taste of Wild Water
"There is a special kind of shadow that happens in deep woods that are old and have been left
undisturbed. Underneath the canopy of ancient hardwood trees the greens are deeper, the soil
blacker, the smells richer. And there is a shadow that is over everything, calling out that there is a deeper world than the human of which we are a part. Something came out of that place and entered... posted on Jun 22 2020, 1,864 reads


The Poet & the Scientist
"My father has collected the most substantial body of fish-based Index of Biotic Integrity data for a watershed of its size anywhere in the world. This is an accomplishment he can claim. Though there are too many dull, qualifying words inserted between those superlatives -- or at least thats what I think..." So begins this poet's lovely piece on her father's work.... posted on Jun 21 2020, 1,909 reads


The Very Best Way to Pray for Peace
When a CIA analyst began an interfaith quest for citizen diplomacy by standing shoulder to shoulder with a veiled woman, and listening to the Imam ask, "Don't we all bleed when we're hurt?" she was grateful to be praying alongside Muslims instead of interrogating them in Afghanistan for the CIA after 9/11. She continues to work with Muslim communities in the belief that peace in the Middle East ca... posted on Jun 20 2020, 12,699 reads


Lonnie Holley: The Man is the Music
Prolific artist, musician and lover of Mother Earth, Lonnie Holley treasures the discarded and nurtures the neglected, finding healing in the transformative power of art. This short documentary is not so much a portrait of the prolific artist and musician, as an experiential reflection on art as a way of life. Atlanta-based Holleys work is a product of the environment in which he was raised Jim Cr... posted on Jun 19 2020, 1,310 reads


Peter Levine and Thomas Huebl: Healing Trauma & Spiritual Growth
In this memorable conversation from SAND 18 Peter Levine, the father of trauma therapy work, and Thomas Huebl, a spiritual teacher known for his work integrating healing of collective trauma, discuss the relationship between healing trauma and spiritual growth. One theme that repeats throughout the discussion is that we are all connected through the traumatization of the world, and that the healin... posted on Jun 18 2020, 3,867 reads


Warriors Wanted: Training People to Defend the Human Spirit
"Seventy-five year old writer, consultant and activistMargaret Wheatley has studied the cyclical nature of civilizations throughout history and she is quite confident that the end of our civilization is closer than we might like to think. And she is doing something about it... something radical. Wheatley is building an army of 'warriors for the human spirit' with people who want to lessen the suff... posted on Jun 17 2020, 6,031 reads


Eula Bliss: Talking About Whiteness
You can't think about something if you can't talk about it, says Eula Biss. The writer helpfully opens up lived words and ideas like complacence, guilt, and opportunity hoarding for an urgent reckoning with whiteness. This conversation was inspired by her 2015 essay in The New York Times, "White Debt." More from Krista Tippett here. ... posted on Jun 16 2020, 4,620 reads


Former Surgeon General's Book on Human Connection
"When Dr. Vivek Murthy was surgeon general of the United States during the Obama administration, he went on a listening tour of America: He wanted to hear firsthand about people's health concerns. That meant addressing opioid addiction, diabetes and heart disease. And one more thing -- something he wasn't really prepared for -- the number of Americans suffering from a lack of human connection. Lon... posted on Jun 15 2020, 2,976 reads


Mother Culture
"How does a whale find meaning in life? The question that will take us far from our comfort zone. At eight a.m. we are already traveling over deep ocean. Our thirty-foot boat, an open one, is crowded with gear, four assistants who traffic in curiosity and adventure, our huge dreadlocked Caribbean captain Dave Fabien, plus Shane Gero. Plus me. We seek a classic sea monster: the sperm whale, Jonah-s... posted on Jun 14 2020, 2,509 reads


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