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

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 need approval… Continue reading The Discovery of Shangri-La, the Fountain of Youth, and the World’s Oldest Man

Holy Cow! Cellphones in the Temple!

By Mary Kay Seales What a funny accidental photo. It was taken in the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore in south India. Each evening I walked the circular courtyard within the temple to escape the crazy chaos of the city outside. Barefoot on the cool ancient stones, people praying, offering puja to Shiva, relaxing with friends. This… Continue reading Holy Cow! Cellphones in the Temple!

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