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the way through the woods

The Way Through the Woods, a unique memoir juxtaposing grief and mushrooms

Long Litt Woon’s memoir is not a typical tale of loss. Woon’s compelling memoir beautifully combines her grief, following the passing of her husband, with a passion for mushrooms cultivated in her time of mourning.  The New York Times review of the book notes, “Long tells the story of Read More...

Take control of your life

Take control of your life

Create your own reality. That mission has supplied a steady stream of self-help gurus and books—from Napoleon Hill, who wrote Think and Grow Rich in 1937, to more recent initiatives like the documentaries The Secret and What the Bleep!?. The experts in these movies eagerly embrace quantum physics Read More...

The power of optimism in a pes

The power of optimism in a pessimistic world

Tired of reporting blood and guts Once upon a time a young man named Jurriaan Kamp worked as a free-lance journalist in war-torn areas.  One day he realized that the more bombs fell and the more people were horribly injured, the more he got paid.  That’s when he began to suspect there was Read More...

Corporate optimism

Corporate optimism

Is there room for idealists inside Fortune 500 companies? Christine Bader’s book The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (available in bookstores) chronicles the time she spent with BP, and what it was like to be a Corporate Idealist in one of the world’s largest Read More...

“Laughter can set people fre

“Laughter can set people free”

Marco Visscher | August 2009 issue Ron Jenkins Photograph: Franziska Blattner Does laughter have a socio-political impact? "For ages, comedy has been used as a liberating tool for people, especially in oppressive regimes, to confront, ridicule and criticize the powerful." For example? "I Read More...

We need to take responsibility

We need to take responsibility for what we buy

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence, says we need to work on our collective relationship with the planet. In his new book, Ecological Intelligence, he argues we can do that in part by making smarter shopping choices. E.B. Boyd | June/July 2009 issue What is Read More...