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  • Universal heartbeat

    “Drums keep pounding rhythms to the brain …”  —  Sonny Bono The popularity of mainstream drummers over recent decades reflects our ancient connection to the instrument’s beat:  Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, DJ Fontana, Ginger Baker, Phil Collins, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Grohl, Lars Ulrich,...
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  • Goliath and the hemp industry

    Pop quiz! In the photographs below, one of the plants contributes to alcoholism, but another has healing properties. Can you identify them?   Answer: Photo on the top is an agave (tequila), the middle one is aloe, and the bottom one is a century plant....
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  • Eureka! California wine

    A cousin gifted me six bottles of homemade wine created by one of her Burning Man friends. There were a few varieties, including Cabernet, which I brought to my brother’s home for a family dinner. I really enjoyed it. I poured a little for my...
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  • Unusual camera angle

    “Why does she want to go to the Amazon? She can’t see!” my grandfather spurted out, looking a bit confused. We had just left the hospital, where I had taken him to visit Meg — a very dear, old friend who had been diagnosed with...
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  • Convicting domestic abuse crimes

    I was assisting an 88-year-old grandmother write her memoirs, when she quietly stated that her first husband was abusive, but she didn’t tell anyone because “abuse didn’t happen much back then.” I took her hand, so she would look at me, and I replied, “Yes,...
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  • Vintage books are magic portals to the past

      I was around six years old, bored and feeling down.  We were visiting my mother’s parents who lived a four hour drive away and as the first born, there was no one with whom to play. There weren’t even kids in the neighborhood my...
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  • Been around the mountain

    If you believe you’re living a monochromatic lifestyle, my podcast interview this week with 88-year-old Vern Jones may be the motivation you need to go out and try something different. He shares his experiences as a frogman (before they were called Navy Seals) during World...
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  • Loving the birds among us

      Pet sitting my friend’s parrot for the weekend, I was rather startled when I stepped out of the shower to find it standing on the floor directly in front of the shower stall, waiting for me. After my heart had resumed beating, I stood...
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  • New face of revolutionary

    Changing the world may not be a viable option for you, but you can certainly change the life of an individual or a community. It only requires a passion to make a difference. Tania Torres, the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrants, co-founded...
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