For years, Donna and George Lewis used a 33-pound, oval-shaped rock as a doorstop in their Tennessee home. Later they moved it to their garden. One day, George analyzed it with his metal detector and realized it had unusual properties.
I have a radical proposal. It might offend you. You may think I’m so far off the mark you’ll stop reading my horoscopes. I’m willing to take that risk, and prepared to admit that I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. Here goes: There is a sense in which the source of your wound is potentially also the source of the “medicine” that will heal the wound.
When Libra-born Mohandas Gandhi was 19, he moved to London from his native India to study law. In an effort to become an English gentleman, he took elocution lessons and learned to dance. He bought fine clothes and a gold watch-chain. Each morning he stood before a giant mirror and fussed with his hair and necktie until they were perfect. In retrospect, this phase of his life seems irrelevant.
This may be controversial, but I suspect your emphasis shouldn’t be on sex, drugs and rock and roll. Instead, your specialties should be hard-earned intimacy, altered states the result of deep introspection, and music that arouses reverence and other sacred emotions.
You’re entering a phase when you reap rich rewards by nurturing the health of your favorite posse, ensemble or organization. How is the group’s collective mental health? Any festering rifts? Apathetic attitudes or weakening resolves? Be the leader who builds solidarity and cultivates consensus.
The good news? America has more trees than it did 100 years ago. Aggressive efforts to replace decimated old-growth forests paid off. The bad news? The new forests have a far less diverse selection of tree species than the originals. The fresh batches are often crowded into smaller spaces, so wildfires are more massive and devastating.
If Pope Francis isn’t traveling, he comes out to meet the public in St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday. During one such event last January, he took a few moments to bestow tender attention on a talking parrot that belonged to a male stripper.
“My definition of a devil is a god who has not been recognized,” said mythologist Joseph Campbell. “It is a power in you to which you have not given expression, and you push it back. And then, like all repressed energy, it builds up and becomes dangerous to the position you’re trying to hold.”
In the last half of the 18th century, American revolutionaries and rabble-rousers gathered regularly in the basement of Boston’s Green Dragon Tavern. They plotted the Boston Tea …
According to an ancient Greek myth, Sisyphus keeps pushing a boulder up a steep hill only to lose control of it just before he reaches the top, watching in dismay as it tumbles to the bottom. After each failure, he lumbers back down where he started and starts rolling it up again – and fails again.