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Rite of Passage

The Sexy Spirituality of Tattoos

Peggy Payne | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Once upon a time, a tattoo was a sign of an outlaw or an outlaw wannabe. And at the same time -- in this country at least -- outward signs of faith or references to God were often thought hopelessly dorky and prudish.

When a Century Turns 15, It's Sacred Party Time

Peggy Payne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Our current century has recently celebrated her 15th birthday. In fact, as the year turned 2015, our millennium has turned sweet 15. You may have thought the usual New Year's Eve hoop-la was enough. Nowhere near. It's time for a sacred moment.

The One Rite Of Passage I Won't Take Part In

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

When it came time to teach my 16-year-old daughter to drive, the division of parental duties was a clear and obvious choice: My husband would do it and all parties involved would do their utmost to keep me as uninformed as possible. Trust me, it's better this way.

Winter Is Coming (But It's Okay If You Don't Want It To)

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

We don't have to pretend to enjoy the winter if spring is our preference, but what if we could consciously embrace the season, understanding it is a prerequisite -- a rite of passage -- for the spring to follow.

Weddings: Why Ceremony? Why Ritual? (Part I)

Cornelia Powell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cornelia Powell

As a gay couple, you can embrace the intimacy of ritual and ceremony for your wedding without falling victim to the mainstream's rather tired and institutionalized "traditions" that have become more commercial than cherished.

Passing the Torch to a New 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

Shaun Sperling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Shaun Sperling

Yesterday my Facebook page and Twitter account blew up with posts about a new bar mitzvah boy, Sam Horowitz. The video of Sam's bar mitzvah -- complete with a a troupe of dancers, a sharp outfit, and a look of pure joy and exhilaration on Sam's face -- is awe-inspiring.

Create Your Own Rite of Passage, Send Your Son to Kathmandu

Kate Gale | Posted 01.15.2013 | Parents
Kate Gale

The country needs men and women who make room for each other to think, who listen to each other. In the old story, women waited while men acted. In this new story, we can all act together.

Not Driven To Drive

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Money

* A former rite of passage becomes a chore for some * Slack economy, environmental concerns help push a trend By Deborah...

Illuminated Photomontages

Posted 03.22.2012 | Arts

Tom Chambers' photomontages capture visions we often see in art and dreams but rarely in real life. Somewhere between Baroque fairytales, folk rituals...

Happy Grad-ual-ation!

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

In blowing off the ritual aspect of my right-of-passage, I missed something special. Pushing my life forward on a quest for a cathartic experience, I missed the gift that was right in front of me.

"The Best of Times" for Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

"...the core of our fans have always been a combination of musicians, metal fans and prog fans. We've never been the "flavor of the month".

Ask Maddisen: What Is a Vision Quest and Why Do One?

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maddisen K. Krown

Vision quests are seen as both personal and collective events that are guided and witnessed within the community, and often involve the "quester" spending time alone in nature in search of a personal vision that becomes a vision to support the entire community.