Living in the World

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    Einstein's Dreams Paid Member

    27 June 1905 Every Tuesday, a middle­ aged man brings stones from the quarry east of Berne to the masonry on Hodlerstrasse. He has a wife, two children grown and gone, a tubercular brother who lives in Berlin. He wears a gray wool coat in all seasons, works in the quarry until after dark, has dinner with his wife and goes to bed, tends his garden on Sundays. And on Tuesday mornings, he loads his truck with stones and comes to town. More »
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    13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time Paid Member

    An ancient Buddha said: For the time being stand on top of the highest peak.For the time being proceed along the bottom of the deepest ocean.For the time being three heads and eight arms. For the time being an eight-or sixteen-foot body. For the time being a staff or whisk.For the time being a pillar or lantern.For the time being the sons of Zhang and Li.For the time being the earth and sky. More »
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    An Interview with Mel & Patricia Ziegler Paid Member

    Profession: EntrepreneursAge: 69; 65Location: Mill Valley, CA More »
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    Tommy, can you Hear me? Paid Member

    1. If I have open-head surgery and my brains are replaced by my alarm clock, am I still Tommy? 2. Was van Gogh with one ear the same as van Gogh with two ears? 3. If I take a vacation, will I still be Tommy? 4. If I take Prozac, will I still be Tommy? 5. If I get a face-lift, an ass nip, hair coloring, breast implants, and liposuction, will I be Jane Fonda? 6. Is Jane Fonda still Jane Fonda? 7. Is Jane Fonda becoming? 8. Is Jane Fonda becoming Jane Fonda? 9. If  you call me by my true name, am I still Tommy? 10. If I become Lama Pajama, am I still Tommy? 11. Does my true name have to include Jane Fonda? More »
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    Talking with the Other Side Paid Member

    In an age of polarized public discourse, there aren’t many voices out there that move beyond the war of words to take a deeper look at the issues that so sharply divide us. Krista Tippett is the rare exception. An author and broadcast journalist best known for her radio show “On Being” (formerly, “Speaking of Faith”), she launched the Civil Conversations Project in 2011 to restore nuance and context to the most complex issues of our day, from abortion rights to same-sex marriage. Her soft-spoken approach belies a toughness that becomes apparent in her unflinching commitment to hold a question before opposing sides, challenging each to develop a clear understanding of how the other thinks. The point, she often says, is not to force common ground but to learn to live together with differences. More »