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The Shadow of Humanity and the Spirit of Animals

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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. Read Article

How a Vancouver Hotel Is Supporting First Nations Artists

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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. By Owen Biniecki Read Article

Welcoming the Gifts of Anxiety

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"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. Read Article

Active Minds: Creating Hope Out of Tragedy

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"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. Read Article

How to be Stronger Co-Parents During the Pandemic

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Parents are under a lot of pressure, but good communication can support your family’s well-being. The coronavirus pandemic has been tremendously stressful, especially for parents. According to the recent American Psychological Association Stress in the Time of COVID-19 survey , parents feel much greater strain than adults who don’t have children. By Phil Cowan , Carolyn P. Cowan , Maryam Abdullah 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

Saving Our Future by Looking to the Past

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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! By Brittany Nugent Read Article

Grounding Yourself on Mother Earth

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"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. Read Article

Ten Keys to Everyday Anti-Racism

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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. By Kirsten Ivey-Colson , Lynn Turner 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, gri

Bridges to Cross: A Conversation with Michael Grbich

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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." Read Article

Stitching Together History: The Incredible Work of Bisa Butler

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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. By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber Read Article

Hot Gravy: A Story of Hope and Healing

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"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. Read Article

Of a Different Yarn

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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." Read Article