The Spiritual Transformation of Our Time

By Preity Upala We are living in interesting times indeed. Perhaps the most challenging, perplexing and fearful times ever in our history. We are in the Twilight zone in many ways. The Covid19 Pandemic has affected our planet like nothing else ever has before. Just goes to show no matter how rich, successful or powerful you are and even if you are living in the greatest country in the world at the best time in history, our entire existence is at stake and with our every move now controlled by…

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Lessons from the Mat, from the Page, from the Living Room

By Felicia Tomasko So I’ll start out by saying that I’m a yoga teacher and yoga practitioner as well as a writer, journalist, magazine editor. Quarantine has been an interesting time. I already do some of my work from home, so the whole WFH, setting up for video, and dressing for the videoconference call—that’s familiar to me. The challenges for me have come in the interactions with the outer world, including wearing a mask, pulling away from other people, and dealing with the realities of being in the media business…

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My Corona 2020

By C. Tillman A looming grey cloud coming from off in the distance. I remember wishing this wasn’t going to be bad. It was though- even worse. Then it began-sharing what I read and what I heard on CNN (clown’s nemesis). Clown, you ask- well we shall save that for the follow up article, should I write another. Covid-19, arrival date January 15, 2020 (3 months, 1 week and 2 days ago). What you were doing when you learned? Did you take it seriously? Where on the scale did you…

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Nothing Really Changed, Except Everything…

By Sorina Szakacs I open my eyes and look at my phone. It’s 5:30 a.m., April 7th, day 19 of Los Angeles’ “Safe at home order”. My days are usually the same, even on weekends. I wake up before the sunrise, make a cup of coffee, and go on the balcony. I sit there until the sun sets, alternating coffee with wine, reading, and writing. I hear a door slam. I get up and look toward the street like those old bored at home ladies, ready to see some juicy…

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A Spring Without Shoes

By Sharon Stello Cooking, dishes, laundry, TV, reading, repeat. My boyfriend is an essential worker, still going into the office, so I’m at home alone until he returns. One day blurs into the next and I can’t help feeling like a housewife in the 1960s-era “Mad Men” show I finally had time to watch. Of course, during this modern-day quarantine, we have the benefit of technology, so Facebook memes, Zoom game days, streaming television and Instagram live concerts also fill my hours. I have no children to homeschool and I’ve…

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The Reality Facing a Female Minority Journalist Laid Off Twice in One Year

By Piya Sinha-Roy “You’re both girls and you’re Indian. That means it’s going to be ten times harder for you to succeed, but if you work hard, you can show everyone how far you can go.” I can’t remember the first time I heard my dad say these words to me and my sister, but I do remember one occasion where he gave us this speech while in his blue striped dressing gown on a lazy Sunday morning as we sat at our breakfast table, in our beautiful redbrick house…

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By Paul Rogers “We’re ordered to stay home,” announced the text message, surprising me in the mostly black-spot wilderness of Indian Canyon. I strode on a few more steps; down to the seasonal stream that was the turnaround point of my hike. Recent rain propelled it across the otherwise dusty fire road with incongruous, picturesque purpose. “Okay,” I responded flatly, as not to inflame panic. “Will be home by dark.” A futile orange circle spun next to my words – they probably wouldn’t reach my wife before I did. It…

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