The Light on My Mountaintop, Part II

The Parliament of the World’s Religions brought together hundreds of leading thinkers, writers, and spiritual leaders from around the world. Drinking from the fire hose of wisdom and justice-making, I took copious notes of their best aphorisms. Though many are unattributed in my notebook (that damn fire hose!), here are the best quotes. We haveContinue reading “The Light on My Mountaintop, Part II”

The Dead Sea is Dying

The Dead Sea is the lowest tideline on earth, filling the deepest trench of the Great Rift Valley, which begins in Mozambique and runs north to Syria. The border between Israel and Jordan divides it in two, a border that is, unusually in the Middle East, both geological and political: not a line in theContinue reading “The Dead Sea is Dying”

Lowtidefullmoon walking

Following are excerpts from my recent guided walk, Tideline as Timeline. Timeline: January 4, 2015, 2:30 – 5:30 pm Place: Princeton-by-the-Sea, California The tideline is one of the richest biological regions on earth. It is also a fluctuating, fractal line that rises and falls each day and over thousands of years. Today, as the seaContinue reading “Lowtidefullmoon walking”

Tideline as Timeline

Join me for this New Year walk, marking the edge of the low tide and the rise of the full moon. We’ll think about presence and absence in Princeton-by-the-Sea, a neighborhood on the site of a former Ohlone village. A little background. This phrase — tideline as timeline — occurred to me earlier this yearContinue reading “Tideline as Timeline”

Let’s Get Physical

I walked into a JMW Turner painting this morning. This one: Or maybe this one: It was wild outside last night — the rain woke me twice and the rainless wind once — and my morning walk was unusually warm and blustery. I rounded the corner to the Point, where I usually stop to surveyContinue reading “Let’s Get Physical”

This day in history, 1000 years ago

A coincidence is leading me down the research rabbit hole today. Last night I was reading The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millenium by Robert Lacey, an enjoyable portrait of the daily lives of English serfs just before the Norman Invasion. In 1014, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,Continue reading “This day in history, 1000 years ago”