Community & Society
Beatriz at Dinner - Movie Review
June 05, 2016 -Steve Hays
Beatriz is invited, but not welcome. Coming from a connected but different world, Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a reiki healer-and holistic body worker, becomes the last-minute dinner guest of one of her clients after her car breaks down.... (... read more)
A Letter from Penelope Young-Andrade
December 01, 2016 -Penelope Y. Andrade
TLC Columnist Penelope Young-Andrade, LCSW, sent a letter to a couple of members of her family after the US election and has shared it with us. If you don’t know about the Snopes site she is talking about do yourself a favor and take a look. We get a lot of emails based on one of the numerous “fake news” site that have received a lot of press lately.
A ‘Human Design’ Look at the 2016 US Election
November 04, 2016 -Carola Eastwood and Chetan Parkyn
Carola Eastwood and Chetan Parkyn are leading Human Design experts, teachers and authors with a worldwide following. Chetan’s first book, Human Design, Discover the Person You Were Born to Be, is published in eleven languages. Many readers will remember Carola as the writer of the monthly column Planetary Cycles that appeared in TLC for many years. Now focusing on Human Design with her partner Chetan, they have provided us a perspective on the 2016 US Elections... (... read more)
The Elephant in the Room:
What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
November 03, 2016 -Carola Eastwood and Chetan Parkyn
What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe. In this most bizarre of presidential elections, no one is talking about one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issues of our time. Namely, the global power imbalance between corporations and governments... (... read more)
A ‘Human Design’ Look at Our Presidential Candidates
October 03, 2016 -Carola Eastwood and Chetan Parkyn
Carola Eastwood and Chetan Parkyn are leading Human Design experts, teachers and authors with a worldwide following. Chetan’s first book, Human Design, Discover the Person You Were Born to Be, is published in eleven languages. Many readers will remember Carola as the writer of the monthly column Planetary Cycles that appeared in TLC for many years. Now focusing on Human Design with her partner Chetan, they have provided us a different perspective on our candidates for President... (... read more)
Donald Trump: The Advantage He Has
August 01, 2016 -Steve Hays
Well, it was quite a convention the Republicans had. I’m writing this a couple of days afterward and the Democrats are meeting, but not done. Our heat spell has fogged up my crystal ball so I’ll have to stick with what happened. I say that because I’ve noticed that facts haven’t stopped a lot of people from being sure about what’s coming next and what’s needed to win this election. Have you noticed the inconsistency with that? The first thing the media acknowledged after Donald Trump was chosen as the GOP candidate was that few of them had taken his candidacy seriously—it wasn’t traditional enough or well-planned or consistent enough for them. It didn’t follow the rules of what they knew worked. They know because that is what they normally report on—strategy. Yet he won. Now, however, the same commentators know how he must change to win again. Not everyone agrees with that. (... read more)
Henry, JM: The Three-Legged Cat, Healer, Spreader of Hope and Love, Departed This World on July 24
August 01, 2016 -Tim Brittain
He began life a homeless kitten, had to have an one of his legs amputated after a mysterious accident, and yet managed to positively affect millions. He never behaved as if he was hindered, exploring the world and escaping from any constraints with a constant sense of adventure. He welcomed strangers, made uncommon friends, and lent his name and his voice to a mission of emotional resilience. (... read more)
Gun Control: Truth is, We Already Agree on This One
July 20, 2016 -Steve Hays
What everybody knows is that right now the GOP has the votes to stop any legislation that even remotely resembles gun control or whispers about restrictions or limitations on the free expression of guns.
What doesn’t appear to be correct is the idea that we cannot agree on some form of gun control. Maybe there are some ways.
What everybody also knows is that those who vote the “right” way get compensated in the form of campaign contributions.
A reasonable person is not wrong to believe that when those voting against any and all restrictions receive contributions, and those who vote for restrictions do not get campaign contributions, one act is connected to the other. There’s a conflict of interest. (... read more)
Good News about Chaos
June 03, 2016 -Steve Hays
A lot of chaos is going around this last month, it seems. I talked to more than a few people with car, phone or computer challenges as well as irritating or unexpected changes or delays. I left out money and body, but heard about and saw the unexpected relating to those, too.
I’m talking about things in people’s immediate lives, not the obvious chaos in our political process or world. (... read more)
Greensboro Citizens Helped Decide Their City’s Budget: And Got Better Buses, Benches, & Crosswalks
June 2016 -Ken Otterbourg, from Yes! Magazine
When Hassan Black moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, a year or so ago, he often rode the bus. And he often spent a lot of time waiting for the bus, because he never quite knew when the next one was arriving. His frustration could have ended there, but it didn’t. Through a friend, he heard about a process called participatory budgeting, which Greensboro’s city government was using for the first time this year. It allowed city residents, rather than elected representatives, to directly decide how to spend a portion of city funds. (... read more)