Monthly Archives: December 2009

To Breed or Not to Breed—That Is the Question

At age 17, I walked down a small side street in my hometown, my fingers laced in my sister’s as we both wiped our tears with our free hands. I’d just told my sister that I’m gay, and it was an emotional moment. She helped me process how I would tell my parents, and then we talked about the future and what my adulthood would be like, neither of us knowing for sure how things would play out.

Yoga to Go

The idea of holiday travel implies frenetic activity. Movement. But in fact, we mostly sit while we’re getting from point A to point B in a car, bus, train or plane.

“Our bodies are not designed to sit for long periods of time,” says Linda Pushkin (pictured here), yoga teacher and co-owner of Inner Power Yoga in Calabasas. “The longer you sit, the more gravity compresses your spine. Because body and mind are connected, your whole being suffers. You feel stressed, jetlagged and sluggish.”

Film Review: Avatar

James Cameron’s cutting-edge blockbuster illuminates an ancient message (No spoiler)

What the Birds Can Tell Us

In myriad cultures and for countless generations, birds have been considered divine messengers. Flying between heaven and earth at a high vantage point, birds naturally appear to be able to see the big picture of any given situation. Observed closely, it’s apparent that their flying patterns foretell seasonal and meteorological shifts; simply by noticing their […]

Think Global, Spend Local

One way of keeping money in the community is to create an alternative system of currency In 1932, while the world struggled through the Great Depression, a small Austrian town tried an economic experiment. To stimulate the local economy, leadership in Wörgl created its own local currency, or scrip, known in German as freigeld (literally, […]

Challenging Hybrids’ Hegemony

With Main Street still not recovered from the recession that swept the country in early 2009, ostentation has taken a backseat to more earthy values—at least in some circles. Whereas “old American luxury” was epitomized by McMansions, yachts and gas-guzzling SUVs, an Audi rep explains, the “new luxury” will be a more “progressive luxury,” with smaller homes and cars (an Audi in this scenario, of course), “a sense of Zen” and “new-age values.” There will be no shortage of people wealthy enough to afford luxury cars, Audi believes, but consumers will be spending their cash on brands that don’t scream, “Look at me.” Perhaps more importantly…