Ten Useful Wine Terms to Know

decanter and wine bottle

Wine has been a passion and great pleasure in my life for many years. However, I felt that most wine connoisseurs were pretentious, and this can turn many people off. I chose to spend my time drinking wine rather than getting knee deep in the jargon and worrying about describing my experience. For me, having […]

A US American Author in Scandinavia Part 3

statue of lion in Sweden

Some might say that Scandinavians have the potential to be a “happy” place where people are productive even though they are not trying to get rich quick with a laid-back attitude because they are insular and homogenous. In fact, proportionately, they have been very generous about letting people in from other countries. In a statistic […]

A US American Author in Scandinavia Part 2

There are many reasons for the unbridled happiness in Scandinavia that I mentioned in Part 1. It is trendy to point to hygge (Hoo-gah) as an easy answer to why Danes, for example, are all so damn happy. Although there is truth to this (from one who has experienced it first-hand, hygge is great and […]

A US American Author in Scandinavia Part 1

shoreline in Sweden

I have traveled around the globe and seen many countries, experienced different cultures, and I’ve had the good fortune to meet many interesting people. But I will always be from the United States, where I was born and have lived for most of my life.  My chosen profession has given me the flexibility to make […]

A Call For Shamanism

For centuries Shamans have used hallucinogenic substances to alter their perception of reality while searching for a greater understanding of the cosmos.  It wasn’t about getting high, which is the way mind-altering drugs are mostly used in our society. Shamans were smart enough to realize that the human perception of reality is only a sliver […]

Conscious Decision Making

one way/other way street sign

The universe supplies us with the materials to create possibilities.  Many physicists such as Fritjof Capra and Amit Goswami contend that consciousness, rather than matter, is the basic building block of our existence.  Goswami explains the situation thusly in his book The Self-Aware Universe: How Consciousness Creates the Material World, as quoted in Daniel Pinchbeck’s […]