statue of lion in Sweden

A US American Author in Scandinavia Part 3

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 […]

shoreline in Sweden

A US American Author in Scandinavia Part 1

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 […]

one way/other way street sign

Conscious Decision Making

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 […]

The top of the Spanish Steps in Rome.

“Keep Rolling Under the Stars”

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 […]

two boys on smartphones

How Virtual Reality and AI Are Changing Us

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 […]

balancing stones by a lake

Reconciling Technology

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 […]

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Train Dreams

I remember the feeling of liberation when I finally received my driver’s license at the age of sixteen. There is something special about the freedom to get behind the wheel and go anywhere one wants. I soon found that this freedom had a great deal of responsibility: insurance, registration, maintenance, among other aspects. Perhaps the […]