Thanksgiving 2.0- Six Reasons Why I think we should still celebrate Thanksgiving…With a Twist

By now, most of us (or at least the people in my circles) know that American Thanksgiving has attached to it some egregious re-writing of history. Pilgrims and Native Americans weren’t all buddy-buddy; the settlers committed many heinous crimes and atrocities. Read Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States if you are looking for a more accurate accounting. But i still think we … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2.0- Six Reasons Why I think we should still celebrate Thanksgiving…With a Twist

Postcards from Pisac, Peru-An on-going visual and descriptive diary of my interactions with the people and places in and around Pisac

– 10/19/15~Snapshot: I meet an old man with gnarled feet and few teeth on the river path. “Buenos dias; como estas?”, I say. He tells me he’s very tired and won’t have a bed until tomorrow night. I sympathize and say, “lo siento”. He offers me some soda from his 2 liter bottle of Oro, an Inka Cola knock-off, the color of Mountain Dew   … Continue reading Postcards from Pisac, Peru-An on-going visual and descriptive diary of my interactions with the people and places in and around Pisac

How Do You Flow Your Current, see? Spending Money as a Mindfulness Practice and Act of Lovingkindness

Google Translate.  It’s a great help to a new to a Spanish-speaking-country-but-not-so-fluent-Spanish-speaker such as myself.  But it doesn’t always get translation correct.   Case in point-  Google translated Soles, the local currency here as, “suns”.  At first I thought was a pretty funny error.  But the more I thought about it, the more I liked it, as a concept and as a mindfulness practice– think about … Continue reading How Do You Flow Your Current, see? Spending Money as a Mindfulness Practice and Act of Lovingkindness

My Unexpected Healing Experience at the Fiesta de Virgen del Rosario

Yesterday, I went to Taray, to see the Fiesta of the Virgin of Rosario, who is their patron saint (and an incarnation of the Virgin Mary), and this, their annual big festival. I thought it would be interesting from a cultural perspective, but was not prepared for it to be such an emotional/spiritual experience, never having resonated with Christianity in general or Catholicism specifically, and … Continue reading My Unexpected Healing Experience at the Fiesta de Virgen del Rosario