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Last week’s Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation recap

The Honolulu Museum of Art hosted Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation as part of the Honolulu African-American Film Festival 2018 program in celebration …


Oliver Sacks on the Three Essential Elements of Creativity

“It takes a special energy, over and above one’s creative potential, a special audacity or subversiveness, to strike out in a new direction once one is settled.”<p><i>“And don’t ever imitate anybody,”</i> Hemingway cautioned in his advice to aspiring writers. But in this particular sentiment, the otherwise …

Creative Work

Dog Songs: Mary Oliver on What Dogs Teach Us About the Meaning of Our Human Lives

<b>Mary Oliver</b> is not only one of the sagest and most beloved poets of our time, a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, but is also among literary history’s greatest pet-lovers. <b>Dog Songs</b> (<i>public library</i>) collects her most soul-stirring poems and short prose celebrating that special …

Imagine a magic mirror that you look into to discover how truly wonderful you are. That is the kind of mirror that Betty Peck, a kindergarten teacher with more than 50 years experience, had in all of her classrooms. Whenever one of her students felt worried or unsure, Betty would gently guide the student to look into the magic mirror and say, "How could you forget how wonderful you are?!" In this short film created by a former student of Betty's, this wise woman, now well into her 90's, encourages us to have just such a magic mirror in every kindergarten, every household and every garden. In that way we can all say, "Thank you for every magic moment that makes it possible for me to stand here and to feel how truly wonderful I am."

Imagine a magic mirror that you look into to discover how truly wonderful you are. That is the kind of mirror that Betty Peck, a kindergarten teacher …


Mountain Chalisa

MERU Concert live - Hariprasad Chaurasia - Raga Bhupali


Hawaii’s trendy word that’s misunderstood

Practiced since as long as Hawaiians can remember, hoʻoponopono is necessary on an island where space and resources are limited and the community is key to survival.<p>Leslie Tuchman was visiting the Hawaiian Islands when she came across the concept of ‘hoʻoponopono’ in her Reiki class, introduced by …


Why it's OK to have 'bad manners'

<b>It is common to hear complaints about the behaviour of others, but who gets to decide what good manners really are?</b><p>From trains to theatres to restaurants, the rules guiding our actions in public are often described as "common sense".<p>And yet the line between "acceptable" and "unacceptable" behaviour …


Magpie and whippet's unlikely friendship

When dog owner Steve Rostron went for an evening stroll with his pet, they came across a distressed magpie behind a telephone junction box.<p>For Mike the magpie and Boo the whippet, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


Gone, by Big Empty Field

Stunning deluxe edition of the 2006 classic, remastered and packed with eight bonus tracks. Bandcamp New & Notable<p>featured on Bandcamp Weekly<p>Side A …


The Bezos backlash: Is 'big philanthropy' a charade?

<b>"Great fortunes," the American industrialist Andrew Carnegie is reported to have said, "are great blessings to a community."</b><p>No doubt the beneficiaries of multibillionaire Jeff Bezos's new philanthropic fund will agree.<p>The richest man in the world announced on Thursday that he would give $2bn …

Jeff Bezos


As part of the Government of India’s #SwachhtaHiSeva Relaunch, Amma held a nationally televised video conference with the Honorable Prime Minister of …


Secrets Of Success From A 102-Year-Old Runner

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This story was originally published in January and has been republished with updates on Man Kaur's running achievements.</i><p>At 102, Man Kaur is still running — and winning gold medals.<p>The phenomenon from India just nailed the gold medal in the 200-meter race for the 100-to-104 age group …

Prickly cactus species 'under threat'

<b>The iconic cactus plant is veering into trouble say researchers.</b><p>The most serious problem is illegal smuggling.<p>Despite the international ban on uncontrolled trade in cacti, policing the smuggling faces many problems and semi-professional hunters continue to uproot plants to order, stealing from …

Ivory Coast

Cities lead the way on curbing carbon emissions

<b>With many countries struggling to cut their carbon, new data suggests that major cities are making substantial strides to stem their emissions.</b><p>Twenty-seven cities, including Warsaw, Barcelona and Sydney, saw CO2 peak in 2012 and then go into decline.<p>As well as moving to green energy, the cities …

Carbon Emissions

“Through meditation one can experience a stable, silent inner peace that can be a permanently soothing background for all harmonious or trialsome activities demanded by life’s responsibilities.” - Paramahansa Yogananda from Inner Reflections https://t.co/m8veXmjekK

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …


Reviving Italy's ghost towns with an unusual hotel

An unusual hotel, scattered throughout the community, is breathing life back into Italy's deserted villages.<p><i>A film by</i> Amelia Martyn-Hemphill <i>for</i> BBC World Hacks<i>. Like, Share, Engage.</i><p><i>For more about this story, listen to our</i> World Hacks podcast.


‘Why I filmed a man take his final breath'

<b>The old man lies in the hospital bed, drawing his last, rattling breath as he fades away from life.</b><p>The film camera, positioned just next to him, keeps rolling. We see the nurses move him to another room before they gently clean his body.<p>"Nobody wants to die but it's a natural thing, we are …

North Africa

'Nature-based' greenhouse gas removal to limit UK climate change

<b>Planting millions of acres of trees and energy crops as well as restoring wetlands and coastal habitats could help the UK become carbon neutral by 2050.</b><p>A new report says that these and other, newer technologies will be needed, even with stringent CO2 emissions cuts.<p>The authors say Brexit could be …

Carbon Emissions

Gov. Brown signs bills to block Trump's offshore oil drilling plan

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land.<p>This locks into law the vows of Brown and …

Oil & Gas Industry

My Foolish Heart / Bhaja Govinda ~ Heart As Wide As The World - Krishna Das

Hare Krishnas

Apple shares ‘Shot on iPhone Xs’ video w/ stunning slo-mo, 4K, and time-lapse clips

Following the introduction of the iPhone Xs earlier today, Apple has shared a video on its YouTube channel highlighting video shot with the device. Apple touts that this video offers a first-look at how water, fire, metal, and light were used to capture these stunning videos.<p>Sylvania HomeKit Light …

Time-lapse Photography

Shot on iPhone XS — Experiments in 4K, Slo-mo, and Time-lapse — Apple

Time-lapse Photography

Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: 10 books on the elephant god for kids

<i>Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Here are some books on the lovable god Ganesh that your children can read.</i>

Ganesh Chaturthi

Bhakti Fest

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Making Prayer Effective<p><i>"Prayer is a demand of the soul. God did not make us beggars; He created us in His image.…A beggar who goes to a rich home and</i> …

Online Life

Satsanga With Brother Chidananda to be Livestreamed

Satsanga With Brother Chidananda at 2018 SRF World Convocation<p>July 27, 2018<p>Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization …

Los Angeles

Summer Day Program

Self-Realization Fellowship <b>How-to-Live</b> Youth Programs<p>Summer Day Program for Children and Teens<p><b>Girls Week: June 24 - 28, 2019<br>Boys Week: July 1 - 5,</b> …


SRF Dedicates New Press and Bindery Equipment

SRF Dedicates New Press and Bindery Equipment<p>Beginning of a New Era for SRF’s Publications<p>July 27, 2018<p>On July 3, 2018, SRF took another step towards …

Los Angeles