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Cathy Lynn Pagano: The Cosmic Story: Winter Solstice and Capricorn New Moon 2014 We've arrived back at the Winter Solstice, the beginning of a new year for us in the northern hemisphere. As the Dark is rising, the Light gets reborn! What a wonderful story to know and become part of. We need stories to frame our experiences, and the stories that the cosmos tells us are the important stories of life. Our patriarchal society tries to ignore them, but they explain our experiences and give meaning to life! 1 

Marie O'Neill: Moving: It Can Be a Rewarding Spiritual Experience Join me on a journey about moving and following your own spiritual guide. 1 
Gary Lindorff: I Can't Breathe New poem by Thiscantbehappening's poet.

Joan Brunwasser: 1100 Certified B Corporations in 121 Industries, 37 Countries! B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. This year we welcomed companies from exciting new sectors, like Green Mountain Power, the first certified public utility, Natura, the largest and first public B Corp in Latin America and Kickstarter, a fast growing crowdfunding platform.

The Top 10 Essays Since 1950 Robert Atwan, the founder of The Best American Essays series, picks the 10 best essays of the postwar period. Links to the essays are provided when available. "Fortunately, when I worked with Joyce Carol Oates on The Best American Essays of the Century (that's the last century, by the way), we weren't restricted to ten selections. So to make my list of the top ten essays since 1950 less impossible, I decided to exclude all ...
Thomas Farrell: *Jung's Successful Vision Quest (REVIEW ESSAY) A successful vision quest enables a person to find a sense of meaning and direction in life. In the present review essay, I argue that C. G. Jung, M.D. (1875-1961), the Swiss psychiatrist and psychological theorist, in effect experienced a successful vision quest as a result of his self-experimentation in his mid-life crisis. But I do not recommend that others follow his example in his self-experimentation. 2 

Pope Francis: Dogs Go to Heaven Good news for Catholic pet owners (and slightly less good news for Catholic meat-eaters, potentially): According to Pope Francis, animals can go to heaven after all. The New York Times is reporting that, in his latest break with conservative theology, the pope recently consoled a small child whose dog had died by assuring him that "one day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ," and "paradise is open to a... 14 

Dave Egger's Intro to Norman Mailer's "Executioner's Song" It's necessary to say, up front, that whatever you might know or think about Norman Mailer, or whatever you might assume about the man, his work, his personality or his sociopolitical views, none of that information (or misinformation) applies here. This is a story that bears no markings of what we presume to be Mailer's prose style or point of view. The Executioner's Song is completely something other. Mailer once said that ...

The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors "Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers' success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity's greatest British and American writers--including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jon... 4 

Kevin Tully: "F**kit, Torture 'em!" -- Apple Pie and Rectal Feeding "Proud Papas out there can now openly discuss their son or daughter's patriotic duty violating the rectum of one or another evil "terrorist." How many proud parents will now be able to display their child's torture toys on the Christmas mantle, above the brightly brimming stockings?" 5 

Suzana Megles: Our Horses Still Suffer Even though I can only love horses from afar, they are still often in my mind as I have recalled the many ways we as a nation mistreat them. They are such beautiful vegetarian creatures who have used their strength in so many ways in by gone days to help a young nation get on its feet. But how do we treat them today for their gifts to us so long ago? 6 

Bob Patterson: Teargas = "I can't breathe!" Did the Berkeley Police follow Mayor Daley's orders? 1 

Joan Brunwasser: Torture, Now as American as Apple Pie? The torture issue is a critical litmus test. If you are cool with torture, what atrocity will you not excuse away? Let all people with integrity speak out to the ACLU, to Pres. Obama, and while you are at it, why not check out The Last War Crime movie, where we make the dramatic case for war crimes prosecutions which are only now being delayed by the failure of enough people so far to do what we just said. 7 

Joan Brunwasser: Network of Spiritual Progressives Hosts 'Reclaim America' Strategy Session, Sunday 12/14/14 at USF You can challenge progressive organizations to introduce into all their activities a shared vision of the world -- not just focusing on what is wrong, but presenting a positive vision of the world as it needs to be --a New Bottom Line of love, caring, kindness, generosity, social justice, peace, environmental sanity and awe and wonder at the grandeur and preciousness of our planet earth and the universe of which we are a part.

Cathy Lynn Pagano: The 6th Uranus/Pluto Square: As Above, So Below AS ABOVE, SO BELOW is an ancient alchemical belief. Right now, the heavens are shouting that it's time for a new revolution, one based on personal integrity and responsibility. It's up to us to change those institutions in our world which condone violence and pollution, domination and misuse of resources. AS WITHIN SO WITHOUT is another belief. Clean up your act so you can clean up the world. 5 

Gary Lindorff: And there goes the neighborhood New poem by Thiscantbehappening's poet.

Anne Nordhaus-Bike: Uranus Square Pluto Part Six: Almost There! We're almost through the tunnel! The sixth of seven difficult, life-changing, world-rocking alignments between the powerhouse planets Uranus and Pluto arrives December 14 to continue our "timetable of change" at this pivotal time in human history. See this latest in the ongoing "Uranus Square Pluto" article series for what's on tap this time--and how to make the most of some special astrology helpers in the current skies. 6 
Catherine Lawrence: Shopping in Georgia! My experiences while shopping here in Georgia! 1 

The Daily Beast's Review of "Noam Chomsky's, "Masters of Mankind" It is a testament to Noam Chomsky's brilliance and bravery that despite his soft spoken manner and quiet personality, he manages to inspire fiery passion in millions of activists around the world, curiosity and conviction from students on nearly every college campus, and hatred from angry nationalists wearing red, white, and blue blindfolds. The immensity of Chomsky's mind is matched only by its dexterity. In his first triu...
Video for Suzana Megles (and other dog lovers) For years our kids have been wanting a puppy...especially our daughter. She has been naming her stuffed animals since she was 2 (and even makes them little b...). [Warning! Have some a box of tissues nearby, you're gonna need them. Especially you, Suzanna. Enjoy.] 5 
Meryl Ann Butler: Restore your faith in humanity in 4 minutes flat Amidst a sea of police brutality and government corruption it's important to remember that the essential goodness of individual people always rises to the top, like cream. Each day the Flixxy team looks through hundreds of new videos to pull out a few they think are the best. They promote these videos specifically to raise spirits and bring more sunshine into the lives of their viewers. And it's working. 5 

Robert S. Becker: Prophesy, Not History, is the Real Bunk Bogus Predictions Scorch Left and Right Increasingly, the strident left delivers its own "End of Everything as We Know It" pronouncements, certain the dollar and economy are collapsing, world capitalism and the American empire are kaput, both national parties in death throes, indeed the impossibility of global equilibrium. 155 

BK Faunce: Paul Ryan - Liar, Fraud, Catholic Ryan calls himself a Catholic ... But the whole point of the book - and of Ryan's career for that matter - is to champion far right, ruling elite-favored policies by dressing them up in the robes Jesus wore. Making penury look like tough love and hoarding charity. 4 

Inside Frank Gehry's $800 Million, 450,000 sq. ft Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi The site of the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is desolate these days: just arid land and concrete pilings jutting out over a peninsula on Saadiyat Island, north of the city's urban center here. But in about three years, it is poised to become an international tourist attraction, when a stunning museum designed by Frank Gehry, a graceful tumble of giant plaster building blocks and translucent blue cones, is scheduled to open. ...
Suzana Megles: December 5, 1933- Repeal of Prohibition I regret that I didn't pay more attention to my History courses. I am even sorry that it wasn't my Major in college. However, I should forget the regrets and turn to history books to learn more about the struggles of our nation. Here is my new appreciation for the Constitution of the US which has with stood the ravages of time. 3 

Tsara Shelton: Talk About Issues With Your Children (Not At Them) #BlackLivesMatter When there are big things happening in our communities and in our world we sometimes wonder how to discuss them with our kids. I think the magic lies in following our child's interest and ability to understand, a willingness to play with the edges, and the important skill of talking with, not at. 1 
Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With Readers, like voicemail leavers and card writers, are now a dying breed, their numbers decreasing with every GIF list and online tabloid. Like falling in love with a stranger you will never see again, you ache with the yearning and sadness of an ended affair, but at the same time, feel satisfied. Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul. You feel fed, if only for a little w... 5 

Joan Brunwasser: Ferguson Lays Bare Police Brutality and Racism in America We saw all this unfold before our very eyes.The spark was the 9/11 attacks.It unleashed a cultural tidal wave of war fever in military circles,never-ending threats recited on TV,& other militarized responses that swamped the culture.We're still living with those reverberations:the military-industrial complex re-invented,siphoned billions for new arms & the growth of the data-centric national security state exposed by Snowden. 5 

Bernard Starr: Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You Renaissance art erased Jesus Jewish heritage and identity. The book "Gospel Figures in Art" exemplifies this identity theft with over 300 images that convert Jesus,his family,and followers into later era Christians without a hint of any Jewish connection for these figures, who,in fact, were all dedicated practicing Jews. This article calls on the art world to finally redress the falsification of biblical history in artworks. 49 

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