THE LAST DOG ON AHE

Guest Post by Peter Klika (circa 1969) At dawn anxious eyes scanned the horizon for land. Nothing. The crew of the Irish Mist looked at me for an explanation. “Tetiaroa should be off our starboard bow," I said, trying to convince even myself. I grabbed my sextant and shot a quick sun shot to establish… Continue reading THE LAST DOG ON AHE

The Discovery of Shangri-La, the Fountain of Youth, and the World’s Oldest Man

Guest Post by Peter Klika This story begins in the spring of 1989 when I received a letter from the Chinese Mountaineering Association which opened: “No road, no map, many wild animals, much danger there.” The letter ended with the magic words I was looking for: “You have our permission to go, but you also… Continue reading The Discovery of Shangri-La, the Fountain of Youth, and the World’s Oldest Man

Witchcraft & Sorcery: Elements of Everyday Life in Traditional Cultures

By Mary Kay Seales Poor Westerners. We grow up in a culture devoid of magic. Everything is based on what can be seen and what can be touched. Magic is for children in the backyard, wearing a red cape and waving a plastic wand from Fred Meyer. We are so unaware that in many places,… Continue reading Witchcraft & Sorcery: Elements of Everyday Life in Traditional Cultures

Perfect Moments in Time and Space

By Mary Kay Seales Perfect Moments. That’s what I call those weird mystical time-stop moments when everything you are and everything you dreamed of having or being come together. It may last only a few minutes or a few hours, but for that moment, everything, including you, is “perfect.” I’m a child of the 1950’s,… Continue reading Perfect Moments in Time and Space