I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is.
My favorite course in college was one of the obvious and simple ones: Shakespeare. We read maybe 20 of the plays and talked about them. Our professor was an eccentric old Greek, Pete Phialas, who had been dragged out of retirement by a student of his.
Gran Canaria contains the multitudes of a small continent. The island is home to one of Spain's largest cities, to deserts and lush forests, to near-tropical vegetation and to barren volcanic landscapes. What makes Gran Canaria truly unique, however, is the clouds.
Most Americans will tell you they care about the environment. But an appallingly large fraction don't act on it -- they don't change their lifestyles to lower their environmental footprint and they don't change their voting patterns to affect sustainable change.
We can't always sit still or slow our minds down enough to enjoy meditation. What we can do is turn relaxation into a playful way of being. Over time, the more we learn to be present and love where we are, making room for just sitting begins to happen naturally.
When Mitt is releasing tax returns to change the subject, you just know he's in a bad place politically. It may still be way too early to confidently predict the outcome of the election, but it isn't too early to call Romney's campaign (so far) an unmitigated disaster.
Ever since I was a little kid, nothing made me feel better than lying on my back and looking up at the clouds. Wherever I am, as long as I can look up (or down) and see clouds, I feel kind of exhilarated.