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"Krista Tippett and Jane Goodall are two pioneering women in their
fields. Krista is perhaps best known for her work with On Being, a
public radio show and podcast that explores the human experience through
spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the
arts. At twenty-six years old, Jane embarked on a revolutionary
sixty-year study of the complex social and family life of wild
chimpanzees in Tanzania. By immersing herself in the chimpanzees habitat
and lives, she not only discovered that they use tools, but also came
to understand them as unique individuals." What follows is a recent
conversation between these two women.
How can a hotel support the art and culture of a community? When it comes to doing good business that’s good for the world, Skwachàys Lodge has created a model for supporting Indigenous artists while giving people a world-class vacation in Vancouver!
Can you get more from a hotel stay than a good night’s rest? When every room is filled with unique art and the price of your stay helps support a whole community, you bet you can! Now, here’s a window into our possible futures: when finding a “win” for everyone at every angle is just how we do business! At Skwachàys Lodge, they’ve found a genius way that not only celebrates the cultures who once lived there, but supports those to come.
"Your anxiety helps you identify problems and opportunities, and it
brings you the energy and focus you need to face them. Anxiety also
helps you complete your tasks and projects, and it gives you the push
you need to meet your deadlines. Yes, you need skills to work well with
your anxiety, but your anxiety is a valuable and brilliant emotion
that's essential to pretty much everything you do." Karla Mclaren's
groundbreaking work paves a path for understanding and accessing the
vital intelligence of all our emotions. Her latest book, "Embracing
Anxiety," offers timely wisdom and guidance for how to work with this
common and commonly misunderstood emotion.
"Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon when she was a junior at the
University of Pennsylvania following the suicide of her older brother,
and only sibling, Brian. Alison recognized that Brian's story is the
story of thousands of young people who suffer in silence; who, despite
their large numbers, think they are totally alone. A majority of mental
illnesses start between ages 14 and 24 when teens and young adults are
in school, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for college
students." On World Suicide Prevention Day learn more about Malmon's
tireless work to change the way we look at mental health and prevent
losses like her own.
Why? More than seven out of 10 parents are experiencing significant concern about themselves or a family member getting coronavirus, adjusting to new or disrupted routines, and managing distance learning for their kids. The majority of parents report that their kids are acting out more since the start of the pandemic, and they’re worried that it will do long-term harm to children’s social development. What’s more, the coronavirus is leading to disproportionately more stress, pressure, and loss for people of color.
Many of us are struggling to juggle these new circumstances with our co-parents, that…
When was the last time you turned to your plate and thought about where it all comes from? Food, and the seeds that make it all possible, have an untold history all their own. And this group of Native American farmers is preserving this heritage to ensure we all have food security for generations to come!
Have you ever considered the story the food on your plate has to tell? The history of a fresh ear of corn as you nibble it off the cob on a hot summer evening? Or the hands that tended the beans tucked into your favorite burrito? The seeds at the foundation of our most beloved foods have ancient wisdom and stories all their own. And, the more we learn from them, the closer we come to the way food connects us to each other!
"Shamans, Native Americans, and wisdom teachers all over the world see
the earth as a giant, conscious, living being. They say pollution
sickens her in the same way cancer spreads slowly through a human body.
Debilitated though she may be, our Mother Earth still retains tremendous
power to heal. When we physically ground ourselves on her surface we
are gifted with her vital energies." In her new book, 'Awakening Body
Consciousness,' Patty de Llosa offers a path to many ways of healing
ourselves in the fractured world we are now living in. Read an excerpt
from her fascinating chapter on grounding here.
The founders of a new organization, the AntiRacist Table, suggest tools you can use to work against prejudice and inequality.
We are sisters—and the great-great-granddaughters of Caroline and Allen, who were born enslaved in the state of Alabama. As African Americans and moms to Black sons, we are heartbroken and sick about the level of anti-Blackness that permeates every aspect of American life. We feel the urgency of the moment and want to help convert this moment into a movement for meaningful change. We believe our voices matter and that we have something to share with the world as a way to offer healing to this crisis.
Between us, we have careers in law and education, and a background in African-American Studies, nonviolent communication, meditation, right speech, and conflict resolution. With those skills, we launched the AntiRacist Table on June 20, 2020. Metaphorically and physically speaking, at the table you learn, celebrate, grieve, fight, a…
As a high school art teacher, Michael Grbich was a gift to his
students. He didn't stop there however. It was just like him, on turning
75, to celebrate by tap dancing across the Golden Gate Bridge. And
then, showing his true colors, he flew to New York to do the same thing
on the Brooklyn Bridge. It had been raining, but that morning as he
says, "God shined down on me! The rain stopped and it seemed the whole
city was on the bridge. I was dodging people back and forth, and going
backwards. New Yorkers were high-fiving me and taking movies."
Most of us want to be more tomorrow than we are today; to know more, to love more, to see more that expands what we think is possible. Even if you aren’t an “art” person, the extraordinary, life-sized work of Bisa Butler will leave you in awe of the history and future of humanity.
What fingerprints do we leave behind that tell the story of who we are? Bisa Butler has taken that sentiment to heart by creating jaw-dropping quilted masterpieces that not only celebrate her culture but stitch a story for future generations to be proud of! So very often, it’s these cultural artifacts that educate us more than history books.
"Hot Gravy," is a story of hope and healing, redemption and
forgiveness, captures one such moment. It is featured in the "Guiding
Rage Into Power (GRIP) Course Book," developed by Jacques Verduin,
founder of GRIP, a yearlong program that enables prisoners "to turn the
stigma of being a violent offender into a badge of being a non-violent
Peacemaker." We invite you to take a few minutes to meet Jacques, Radha,
and a "Lifers Group" in San Quentin and share in the power and
poignancy of this program --and the human heart.
Kelly Lim, a crochet artist from Singapore, takes the traditional craft
with hook and yarn to new heights. Having learned to crochet when she
was seven years old, her art extends from her Creatures, a series of
soft sculptures, to large scale installations which add unexpected
visual impact to urban spaces. Landscapes, which she launched in 2019,
explores textures from nature. A visit to Japan inspired her to make art
that people can touch. With the goal to change people's perspective on
art, realizing that art is not only seen in galleries, she asserts that,
"Every piece of work has a bit of my soul in it."