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In Celebration of the Human Spirit and Religious Freedom (Part II of II)

In Celebration of the Human Spirit and Religious Freedom (Part II of II)

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When traveling to Buddhist or Hindu countries I am always struck by the devotion that I see exhibited by the local populations. SaraswatiLiving the life in a way that honors the spirits around one is very characteristic of these cultures and religious devotion is a daily practice.…

In Celebration of the Human Spirit & Religious Freedom (Part I of II)

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Since this is the week-end of renewal for so many people of religious faiths I thought it would be fitting to put some of my thoughts on paper. Over the past couple of decades I have had the great good fortune to be able to visit some of the…

Thailand in 2014 – Progress in Rural Development

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A whirlwind tour of the north and south in Thailand topped off by a tour of the Hall of Opium - a museum dedicated to the victims of drug addiction. …

A Journey Through Western History in Time and Space

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I recently returned from a 14-day cruise on the Eastern Mediterranean that made stops at a number of archaeological sites and UNESCO World Heritage sites in Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Greece. The cruise was the Ancient Empires and Holy Lands tour. …

Opportunity to Save a Stupa

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The caretakers of the Stupa need to raise $684,000 by June of 2012 in order to secure the land. These fund-raising events are ways that people can get involved directly in making sure that the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park survives for all those who seek a profound place…

Wine Wars Book Review

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It is a never ending frustration that critics assume that globalization is a major factor in causing continued grinding poverty around the world when the obvious explanations of corruption, Byzantine bureaucracy, and idiot economic regulatory structures are the great constants of perpetuating poverty in a world of abundance.…

Global Sustainability Seminar

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Dr. Stefan Sommer of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University (NAU) holds a Global Sustainability Seminar each year. I've had the opportunity to be included as part of this seminar series for the past 2 years.…

From the Underside of a Car

From the Underside of a Car

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Tony runs a community oil change service. Four Saturdays per year widows, single moms, and wives of deployed soldiers from the local area can come to the church parking lot to have their oil changed and their cars checked out by Tony's crew of about 50 volunteers. …

A Four-Part Course on Sustainable Globalization

A Four-Part Course on Sustainable Globalization

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Announcing a new course on: global progress toward the MDGs, the growth in social enterprises, how to become a B-Corp, how companies are developing targeted products for BOP consumers, how to engage in fair trade, and how trends in impact investing are changing our world.…

An American “Chinese” Ambassador

An American “Chinese” Ambassador

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Guest Post: "In a few short weeks, my opinion of China became drastically different than that of the general American population; my apprehension was replaced by admiration and my fears of China dissolved."…

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