Monthly Archives: September 2015

Severance: Leaving My Shoes Along the Trail, Part 1

I admit to a conflicted relationship with Big Sur, the vast and sparsely inhabited coastal region immediately south of Carmel, California. It is a land of dramatic hillsides and cliffs meeting the sea, a narrow winding highway (often closed for rockslides, or undriveable due to thick fog), an untamed wilderness. As the rugged and raw threshold

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The Day I Met My Birthmother As A Grown Man

This post was written — after a lengthy deliberation whether or not I would say yes — at the suggestion of a senior editor at the Good Men Project. I did not initially intend to share it in the Soul Artist Journal, feeling it was more of a personal story rather than related to the soulful life. Recently, however,

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Finding Balance and Well-being: Unplugging at Dusk

I don’t generally buy magazines, but every now and then something interesting catches my eye. Standing in the checkout queue at Whole Foods Market, a cover feature on Paleo magazine (dedicated to the recently popular Paleo diet and lifestyle) drew my attention, “10 Ways To Limit Your EMF Exposure.” How curiously timely. I’ve been struggling

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The Scent of Green Chile: A Cook’s Passion

The chiles are here. So proclaims the large sign out front of Whole Foods Market in Monterey, California, near a table piled high with oblong green peppers from Hatch, New Mexico. On a late August afternoon, my thoughts had been elsewhere until this moment, turning over some detail or matter at hand as I crossed

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