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Transcendentalists

Self-Reliance: An Introduction to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patrick Daniel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Patrick Daniel

Circumstances do not matter. Don't look to external things to make you happy. Happiness derived from external things do not last. Measure yourself against others not by what you own, but by what you have become.

The Religion With No Name: An Interview With Thomas Moore

Pythia Peay | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Pythia Peay

Drawing from the well of his own inner sources, he offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. This is the first in a three-part interview.

Unitarianism: Universalism Unlimited

KidSpirit | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Unitarian Universalism parallels some of the most important trends in American society, both politically and socially.

Emerson's Declaration of Spiritual Independence

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This was radical stuff in pre-Civil War America. Emerson was essentially turning religion 180 degrees on its axis. Instead of a deity presiding over creation from somewhere up there, divinity was here, there and everywhere.

A Complete Life: Miss Fuller by April Bernard

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.27.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In Miss Fuller, April Bernard takes a speculative scalpel to the life of Margaret Fuller, offering a narrative of her experiences that shines a harsh and unbecoming light on the male transcendentalists.

Founding Fathers: Washington and Ives

Albert Imperato | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Albert Imperato

In a strange twist of timing, I found myself reading Ron Chernow's new biography of George Washington at the same time that I just happened to be reading Jan Swafford's Charles Ives: A Life with Music.

Spirituality And Religion Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

Central to human greatness is our capacity to carry two ideas in tension. Enough with the idea that religion and spirituality are exclusive: Let us fill ourselves with both.

Off The Grid: 8 Books On Living Outside The System

Los Angeles Times | Susan Salter Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although books about carving out your own piece of the pie have been written ever since the Transcendentalists took issue with the direction that Amer...

Damion Searls: A Thoreau Journal for Writers & Moderns (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Damion Searls has found and freed the lean, shapely and modern American classic inside the very definition of a "baggy monster." Henry David Thoreau'...

Emily Dickinson and the Buddha vs. the WWF

Dean Sluyter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dean Sluyter

When the dream of self dissolves, we awake and see that the true church is wherever we are.