The stone circles in the Scottish Highlands

You can’t help but sing along with the haunting lyrics of the Outlander Theme Song. But the truth behind those lyrics is just as haunting as the melody. Here is what you need to know about “the Outlander song” as you prepare to binge-watch Outlander. Those Words You Hear in the Outlander Song are …

meditation for grief

I’m writing this in isolation. Like so many of us during the Coronavirus crisis, I am social distancing. And one of the things keeping me sane during this crisis is meditation. By crisis, I also mean a time for grieving. What we are feeling right now is grief. It is a loss of what …

ogoh-ogoh monster in the nyepi day parade in ubud

Every year on the island of Bali in Indonesia, the entire island goes completely dark for 24 hours. No Internet. No TV. No electricity. Nyepi Day is a day for meditation and reflection; a day for the Earth to reset; a day for complete silence. It’s also an incredible time to be in Bali. …

touchdown Jesus on a walking tour of the dark history of new oreleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the dark history of New Orleans, look no further than this self-guided, big-easy walking tour. But first: Why is the History of New Orleans So Dark? Maybe its the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and dark magic, slavery and rebellion, fires …

cycle for survival

Update April 2020: Thanks to all who contributed to the Cycle for Survival 2020 event. Our team raised $10,000 and teams nationwide raised $40 million for rare cancer research. THANK YOU. Since my partner died of cancer in a Northwestern Hospital bed on a sunny day in June of 2018, every return to our …

death anniversary feature image

I had a hard time deciding where I wanted to be on the day that marked the last in a year of firsts – the one year anniversary of my fiancé’s death. One never really knows when grief will claw its way out of its carefully contained space in the heart and squeeze, but …