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 […]

“Keep Rolling Under the Stars”

The top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.

Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau may have flourished in their sequestered lives close to home. Dickinson: often not leaving her room. Thoreau: not far from Walden Pond. There is nothing wrong with staying in your sanctuary, particularly if one is not pulled by a desire for the freedom of the open road. However, I believe […]

How Virtual Reality and AI Are Changing Us

two boys on smartphones

In SimCity, people get the opportunity to live a simulated existence in a virtual civilization, an ironic sub-reality.  Facebook’s Farmville users play the role of virtual farmers, planting crops, tending to livestock, and harvesting produce. People now have the time and means to sit around and farm for entertainment, while they buy their groceries at […]

Reconciling Technology

balancing stones by a lake

The proliferation of technology has sped up exponentially with time.  As our lives become more intertwined with machines, attention spans and personal interactions have continued to diminish.  In response to a nonstop stream of information, our minds are more scattered than earlier generations of people. There is no evolutionary or historical precedent for our current […]