I've been blogging about some pretty heavy topics lately, and I decided to take a break and write a light-hearted article about Star Wars Day, which is today (May the 4th be with you.) It's just a fun holiday, and I think we could all use some fun and celebration when times are tough. If you'd like to read the article, here it is: Spirituality of Star Wars Day, a top trending topic on Twitter.
As increasing numbers of families are losing their homes and ending up on the streets, 1 in 50 American children are now homeless and the crisis of homelessness is beginning to gain national attention. But with money so tight in a bad economy, what can we do? This article offers 7 suggestions: Homelessness crisis.
A 16-month battle ended Friday when federal judge James Selna ruled that high school teacher Dr. James Corbett made statements in class that violated Christian students' First Amendment rights, including when he referred to creationism as "religious, superstitious nonsense."
Whatever you might think of the creationism vs. evolution debate, I don't think the debate advances in any way by simply insulting the opposing side and calling their beliefs "nonsense." This article focuses on religious tolerance for all people of any faith, or no faith at all: Judge rules against teacher who called creationism nonsense.
In these tough times, one county is considering outsourcing their police department to the county sheriff's office, prompting a strong response from the police union. This article reviews the situation and honors all men and women in uniforms of all colors: Controversy surrounds fallen police officer's memorial.
On CNN tonight, Jack Cafferty asked a great question: "how can people stay positive with all of this depressing stuff going on?" On his website, he offered some suggestions from the experts, who were interviewed by U.S. News and World Report. He also opened the question up to everyday Americans to see what they had to say. Click here to read the results: Top 10 list of things Americans doing to find happiness in recession.
In the midst of fears about swine flu, the economy, global climate change, war, and more, take a moment to be cheered and inspired: Over 42 million people witness Free Hugs Campaign!
Tonight on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Scotland, the red-hot Beltane Fire Festival will be celebrated as it was thousands of years ago by Pagans rejoicing in the fertility of all life. With a bonfire as its central point, the festival begins with a colorful procession and ritual drama, and ends with music, dancing, drumming, and general wild revelry under the moon. For Pagans, tonight is essentially Beltane Eve, and Beltane officially begins tomorrow on May 1st. Click here to read the full article: Beltane Fire Festival.
In a press conference last night, President Obama said he was surprised by the number of problems that seem to be escalating all at once: swine flu, two wars, the economy, the debate about torture, and more, and he expressed dismay at the political games still being played in Congress despite the urgency of these issues. Now you will have an opportunity to voice your opinion of how your elected officials are doing! Click here for the details: Grade your elected officials!
If you're looking for a unique retreat or sabbatical, an opportunity is now available for you to travel to Thailand and interact directly with Buddhist Masters, immersing yourself in the monastic lifestyle of the Wat (Temple) Sri Boen Ruang. The program is called Monk for a Month, and packages ranging from two nights to four weeks are available. Both men and women are welcome, but couples are not allowed to sleep in the same bed during their stay at the temple.
Click here to read the full article, which also includes a video of Thai Buddhist chanting: Come seek peace and enlightenment with Buddhist Masters.
If you are feeling overwhelmed about swine flu and all the other events rapidly unfolding around you, Lesson #221 from A Course in Miracles might be useful to you. To read the lesson and a brief article about the lesson, click here: Weekly ACIM workbook lesson. A relaxation video is included in the article.
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