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Month: July 2016

Spotlight: Nicholas Kempin (A Summer of Religion IV)

Spotlight: Nicholas Kempin (A Summer of Religion IV)

    The religious face of this planet is changing at a dramatic pace. Many people in this world have begun to dismiss traditional religious views and embrace a more individualized view of who they are and where they stand in the world as well as seek out religious viewpoints (traditional or not) that specifically tailor to and work for them. It’s made for a much more unique and varied world and its given some religions the chance to come back…

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Review: “UNIT: Shutdown”

Review: “UNIT: Shutdown”

And so in the midst of a year without a series of New Who and the Twelfth Doctor, we get a little of the next best thing: the return of the New Who UNIT team in Big Finish audio form. After the major success of their first audio series “UNIT: Extinction” last year in which they combated the terror of Classic Who villains the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness, this year we get not one but two series of stories continuing…

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Song Lyrics: The Power of a Positive Playlist 

Song Lyrics: The Power of a Positive Playlist 

Man the negative vibes just keep on coming, don’t they? It’s been a rough summer and a rough year for most people out there including myself with not many signs of letting up given the current state of the world. But don’t worry, I’m here to help. In this short but special ‘Song Lyrics’ entry, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite positive songs that will give you a boost of good vibes and energy to combat these dark days…

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Song Lyrics — “The World Was Wide Enough”

Song Lyrics — “The World Was Wide Enough”

Wow it has been a while since I’ve done one of these entries haven’t I? Welcome to another entry in my Song Lyrics series and today we revisit a show/musical I have talked about several times before. This past Monday was the 212 year anniversary of the infamous 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr which ended up claiming Hamilton’s life. With the life of Alexander Hamilton becoming more popular than it’s ever been with the musical ‘Hamilton’, it was…

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Slumping: Yoga Slumps and how to beat them 

Slumping: Yoga Slumps and how to beat them 

It’s bound to happen to the best of all yogis at some point: the dreaded yoga slump. You start practicing. It rocks, it feels great, it begins to change your life positively, and it feels absolutely wonderful. However, there is going to be a time where you reach burnout. A time where you as a yogi  stop practicing yoga regularly for a while. Whether it be due to a busy schedule, an accident or trauma that affects you physically, negative feelings, exhaustion,…

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A Summer of Religion III: Dharma, Dhamma, and Religious Evolution OH MY!

A Summer of Religion III: Dharma, Dhamma, and Religious Evolution OH MY!

Welcome to another topic in my Summer of Religion! This month, we look at the two main Asian religious traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism and how one stemmed from the other in terms of concept, ideas, and reactivity. Religion and the religious experience are and always will be in an unquestionable state of transition. Despite what we may think as human beings about our own individual organized faiths and ideologies that we believe in, systems of beliefs and the ideas…

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