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Joan Baez

Joan Baez

Jul 1, 2014

Artist, activist, catalyst by Bruce Mason • To hear the gentle, but energetic, “Hi, this is Joan Baez” over the phone is to be jarred into the moment. “Sorry I’m late. I’m at home in California working on a painting,” she laughs, pausing, beginning our allotted 15 minutes, which stretches joyfully and generously until the conversation is...

The off-key song of creation

The off-key song of creation

Jul 1, 2014

by Geoff Olson • In a scene from the 1999 film, The Matrix, a mysterious figure in shades confronts the main character, Neo. “You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad,” Morpheus quietly says to Neo. Anyone who’s gone...

After infidelity

After infidelity

Jul 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Only those who trust can find love and happiness.  And only those who love, can be betrayed. – Unknown When you find out a partner has cheated, it can be devastating. So many emotions immediately arise: shock, disbelief, anger, hurt, sadness and anxiety about the future. Perhaps you have been cheating and your...

The new consciousness

The new consciousness

Jul 1, 2014

A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the JULY 2014 print edition...

STAR WISE: July 2014

STAR WISE: July 2014

Jul 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces If you notice you’re growing a little extra hair on the back of your hands and that you’re walking on the balls of your feet, don’t worry; it’s just the full Moon effect on July 12. We’re under the Moon’s spell at all...

Design your own festival

Design your own festival

Jun 1, 2014

by Bruce Mason • For some folks, music festivals are all about getting wasted. But for more and more of us – along with a growing number of festival organizers – music fests focus on getting un-wasted: retreating into spectacular sites and participating in safe, environmentally friendly, diverse, full-blown, family-friendly celebrations of community. Since...

Vibes

Vibes

Jun 1, 2014

Part 3: The mystery of consciousness tackled in Tucson by Geoff Olson • It’s an April afternoon in Tucson, Arizona, and the city streets are desert-gulch hot. The air conditioning in the Marriott Hotel is going full blast, along with the sound system. Australian philosopher David Chalmers bounds up the stage accompanied by the pounding intro to the...

Midlife crisis or opportunity?

Midlife crisis or opportunity?

Jun 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • In the midst of our struggle to find out who we are, there are infinite possibilities for beauty and hope and wonder and love. – Mandy Hale The term “midlife crisis” clearly suggests a problem – a big problem. A crisis, after all, implies calamity. Generally, it is used to describe a situation...

STAR WISE: June 2014

STAR WISE: June 2014

Jun 1, 2014

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces The Sun’s passage though the sign of Gemini usually hints at a lively and active time of the year. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the god of business, trade and communication. He also rules short journeys, contracts and negotiations....

Rethink, reclaim The Commons

Rethink, reclaim The Commons

May 1, 2014

by Bruce Mason • Much is now being written on the Commons, including two new books outlined below from New Society Publishers, which prides itself on providing “tools for a world of change and books to build a new society.” (www.newsociety.com)   Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier The challenge is...