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 un-navigable due to thick fog), and an untamed wilderness. As the rugged and raw…

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The Day As A Grown Man I Met My Birthmother

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, yet every now and then something interesting catches my eye. Standing in queue at Whole Foods Market, the latest Paleo magazine, a publication dedicated to the recently popular Paleo diet and lifestyle, drew my attention with the words on its cover: “10 Ways To Limit Your EMF Exposure.” How timely…

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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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