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Ode to Joy
by Anonymous

Wild and fearful in his cavern
Hid the naked troglodyte,
And the homeless nomad wandered
Laying waste the fertile plain.
Menacing with spear and arrow
In the woods the hunter strayed ...
Woe to all poor wreteches stranded
On those cruel and hostile shores!

From the peak of high Olympus
Came the mother Ceres down,
Seeeking in those savage regions
Her lost daughter Prosperine.
But the Goddess found no refuge,
Found no kin...
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Like Melville
by Zakary Zide
Like Melville, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.
I guess this explains, in part, why I am writing to you from one of the 7008
islands in the Philippines. As a designer and human ecologist, I seek
inspiration from the vitality and sense of urgency that exist in the wild,
untamed earth. Like you, I am drawn to places of concentrated aesthetic
splendor and abundant biodiversity.

Wandering like an amphibious nymph through the Matutina...
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The Courage to Hope
"Excuse me, sir."
Startled, I looked up to the left. The speaker wore black horn-rimmed glasses, a long-out-of-fashion tan suit, a white shirt, and a brown tie. His coal-black hair was slicked straight back with pomade.
I recognized him from the Atomic Memorial Mound and rose to my feet. "Yes?" I asked. At first glance he appeared to be about my age, perhaps in his late fifties or early
Sixties, but bland and diffident almost to the point of invisibility—that is until he spoke. Read Article >>
For Robin
by David Alan Goldstein
I have not slept for three nights…not well. I stand up and I am dizzy; there is a rail I needed to hang onto. It is nowhere, nowhere at least, that I can find it. I sway. At first I did not know why. I thought after the first sleepless night, after the second sleepless night, I would reach exhaustion…I would sleep then wake refreshed and I would be back…back to where I was... Normal. Everything just fine. But I have strayed further, much further than I thought…in fact so far that I am no longer...
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In Khumbu
by Robert Branscomb
It took me about two weeks to trek to the last group of stone huts below the base camp of Mt. Everest. In 1979, there were three huts there, at an elevation of about 16,500 feet, graced with the name Lobuche. When I arrived, slowly and with puffing, there was a light snow falling. Perusing the accommodations at the two huts designated for westerners by the signs “Sherpa Hotel” and “Lobuche Rest House”, I found they were full of morose westerners suffering from altitude sickness. Hoping for t...
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MARIAN'S COFFEE
I used to try to brew the perfect cup of coffee. I'd grind fresh beans
purchased from a man who roasted them in small batches using only the finest Arabicas grown in volcanic soil at high altitude on an Indonesian Island. Next, I'd pour near-boling mountain spring water over the grounds perking it through a brown chemical- and bleach-free filter into a favorite mug decorated with two hand-painted wolves in full winter coat. My ritual ended with a half-teaspoon of canned milk imported f...
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Interview, you can't hear the questions just the pair's answers
by Chris Botz
"There is a portrait in the Palace of Sweet Dreams, that is what some call it. The Woman that looks out of the painting is Maria Luisa Isabela Baca. She is lonely behind the bar staring out at the crowd. The palaca as some of us like to call it, is the hub of a social wheel: on some nights it is a private club. One night, get this, it is the Yacht Club, I'd call it the liar's club, but what do I know?"

"They have poetry, jazz nights, club nights, you'd have to ask Lisa. Mellers and Pa...
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Burning Man
by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man
Burning Man is an eight-day annual event that takes place in Black Rock City, a temporary city on the playa of the Black Rock Desert in the U.S. state of Nevada, 90 miles (150 km) north-northeast of Reno, ending on the American Labor Day holiday in September. The event is described by organizers as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance and takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is organized by Black ...
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Message from David Lynch
“In today’s world of fear and uncertainty, every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence—bliss—the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us. This is the way to save the coming generation.” These words from the great educator and scientist of consciousness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, simply and beautifully describe the urgent need in education today.

I have been “diving within” through the Transc...
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Moby
(born Richard Melville Hall, September 11, 1965) is an American DJ, songwriter, musician and singer.

He plays keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. After eight top 40 singles in the UK in the 1990s he released the album Play, in 1999, which sold 9 million copies worldwide1. His follow up albums, 18, Hotel, and Last Night sold 6 million copies and have achieved gold and platinum status in over 30 countries.

He has also released music under the names Voodoo Child, Barracud...
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