Category Archives: culture

Cities of intrigue and mystery

When a city’s name is mentioned in conversation or in writing, it can conjure up certain images based on one’s personal knowledge of the place. If one has not visited the city, the image is largely shaped by perceptions derived … Continue reading

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Nocturnal notes shimmer from the Golden State

Got the opportunity to check out Best Coast’s latest release last night, entitled California Nights. This dandy new album stokes up the volume and the intensity from the band’s prior forays, which included the Golden State’s glorious surfer sounds and … Continue reading

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Kudos to the kayak protesters of Seattle!

What an absolutely amazing photograph of the last weekend’s kayak protests in Seattle over Royal Dutch/Shell’s plan to begin Arctic Ocean oil drilling. If you cannot see or read the signs they say “Shell no.” While some have already argued that the activists … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping au naturel

National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer … Continue reading

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A luminous urban Pearl (street)

There really is no other street like in the United States. The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder, Colorado is an iconic place; and urban planner’s dream come true of walkable, urban shopping and entertainment packed into four glorious blocks … Continue reading

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A beautiful Buddhist building blossoms

Above and below are images of the magnificent new Nan Tien Institute (a Buddhist educational center) located in Wollongong, Australia. The building’s entrance was designed to resemble the blooming petals of a lotus flower, which has three significant spiritual meanings to … Continue reading

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Alternate avenues in the search for “America”

While reading Dennis McNally’s thoroughly comprehensive, engrossing, and ultimately tragic biography of Jack Kerouac’s life, entitled Desolate Angel, I began thinking about the varied life paths taken by children from the same era. For example, my father and Beat Generation author … Continue reading

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