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Honoring Death as Part of Life

Pamela Hale | Posted 11.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

On the night of Nov. 1, the whole central plaza of most Mexican cities is ringed with altars (or "ofrendas") like this one. Each is a unique creatio...

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

You Never Step Onto the Same Path Twice...

Leslie Gernon | Posted 10.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leslie Gernon

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man -- Heraclitus ... for the path is never the same, an...

Gun Control Debate: A View from Hoplophiliaville

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Most clear thinking people understand that "hoplophobia" itself is an irrational term since there is nothing "irrational" about fearing that one could be listed among the 10,000+ gun-related homicides each year in the U.S., many perpetrated by people who purchased firearms legally.

Pakistani Artist Animates the Times Square

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Raza Rumi

This October, the electronic billboards at the maddening Times Square in New York City will display the creative prowess of Shahzia Sikander, an artist of Pakistani descent who lives and works in NYC.

Come Dream With Me...

Jamie Scanlon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamie Scanlon

I've always been a vivid dreamer, both when I am asleep and when I am awake, and have always felt there to be a lot of meaning behind the dream state....

The Story of the Red String

Honey Good | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I wear my crimson red string as a talisman; thought to have magical powers of protection and rewards of good luck. The tradition is popularly thought to be associated with Judaism's Kabbalah and the story of Rachel who gave to others and was blessed in return.

Susan Breen: The Elemental Substance of Nature

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

In recent times, few painters have made substantive strides in the field of floral and still life painting. One such artist is Susan Breen. At first glance, viewers are often drawn in by the mood of the work, which can be anything from somber or heavy-hearted to spiritually uplifting and enlightening.

The South Surrenders?

Shermin Kruse | Posted 07.10.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

The question answered by the South Carolina House of Representatives today is whether their state government, as a political and democratic institution representing constituents of all races, should maintain on its capitol grounds the very flag it placed there 50 years ago to protest the civil rights movement.

Flag Language

Mike Bonifer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Flags are, of course, symbols. They fit into a level of communication that, in our practice of quantum storytelling, we call Meta language. Meta langu...

The Resurrection According to SciFi, Part 3: Harry Potter

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Harry's death by the dark lord is his salvation. As the devil rejoiced over the crucifixion of Christ, so too Voldemort glories in Harry's demise not realizing it is his own destruction that has been orchestrated.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 2 Star Wars and The Matrix

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Instead of Luke's crucifixion, in the end it is Vader that dies. But before his death, like the robber crucified next to Christ, Vader seeks redemption from his son and encourages him to overcome the emperor and the dark side.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 1 Avatar

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

he premise of Avatar sounds so reminiscent of the book of Genesis that it is hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the similarities and symbolism. Although Jake Sully initially starts out as an agent for evil, in the end he finds redemption to save the Na'vi tribe and HomeTree.

Sarah Elise Abramson: The Cosmos in the Chaos

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Photographer Sarah Elise Abramson's aesthetic is at the intersection of the poetic and unsettling, the creepy and beautiful, the subversive and classically Romantic.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

It's Mental Illness Awareness Week And Election Day Is A Month Away

Mary Giliberti | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Help raise concern, Get people thinking and talking. Whether a candidate is running for Congress or a county board, they need to see and hear that people in their communities care about mental health care.

Do Symbols Matter?

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Words only have meaning if they are put into action, and their transforming power is realized. The Bible is truly sacred, but if all we do is carry it around, it becomes just another book.

The Dreamy 19th Century Painter You Never Knew You Needed

Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts

Smiling spiders, seductive cyclops, floating cubes with a piercing gaze -- these hybrid creatures could only come from the vivid imagination of one ma...

Gauguin Lives On!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts

Hazy horizons that fade into the fuzzy-edged sea, forests at once electric and melting, leaves as plump and ripe as fruits -- these are the mystical y...

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.

Carl Jung, John Lennon and Joseph: The Shadow & the Beautiful Boy (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

It was because of this beauty, along with Joseph's attendant arrogance and Jacob's favoritism, that Joseph's brothers hated him with a hatred like a thick, dark shadow eclipsing the light of this dazzling boy.

Is It a Sin to Get a Tattoo?

Jay Haizlip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Haizlip

Anyone getting a tattoo really needs to ask themselves, why am I getting this and what is the meaning of this tattoo? Is the tattoo an expression of witchcraft, idolatry or pagan symbolism? If so, as Christians, we need to reconsider...

10 Things You Didn't Know About This Solitary, Symbolic Creature

Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Here Come the Water-Works: (Un)professional Tears

Sarah Juliet Lauro | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Sarah Juliet Lauro

As a physical expansion in which the self overflows its borders; crying is an act of resistance against the boundaries that cannot be crossed. (Language, what a feeble bridge!)

Have A Dreamy Birthday, Odilon Redon!

Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts

In honor of Odilon Redon's birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the late painter's life and work. We want...