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Sara Davidson
Sara Davidson is the bestselling author of Loose Change, Leap!, and the new book, The December Project As a journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and radio host, she’s earned a reputation for writing cutting edge pieces about the way we live. She’s the author of eight books, and has written for the New York Times, Esquire, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and other magazines. She’s created dramas for television and was co-executive producer of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Currently living in Colorado, she can be reached at

Entries by Sara Davidson

Ari Shavit Wants Plan B for Israel/Palestine

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:05 AM

One day after the Jerusalem synagogue attack last week, Ari Shavit, author of My Promised Land, proposed a Plan B -- an alternative peace process that is gradual and informal, and offers a "horizon of hope."

When I spoke with him in Denver, Shavit said that formal talks to attain...

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Can the Mind Cure Your Dizziness?

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:25 PM

My son, Andrew, entered the Ironman race in Boulder a few weeks ago, startling himself and me by completing it -- just 20 minutes short of the cut-off time of 17 hours. At the start, he'd given himself a 50-50 chance of finishing: swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, then...

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Reb Zalman's Unique Funeral

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 7:53 PM

His leaving was as unconventional as his teaching and his life.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi wanted no casket, no plain pine box. For his funeral, held on the Fourth of July, he wanted to be clothed in his white kittel (prayer robe), enfolded in his father's tallis (prayer shawl), sprinkled...

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Passover Asks: Are You Ready to Go?

(14) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Passover was coming when I first started meeting every Friday with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the brilliant and colorful founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement, to talk about The December Project.

"When you can feel your cells getting tired, and your hard drive is running slow," he said, "what is the...

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Can't Get Enough Of Baby

(20) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 5:59 AM

I'm sitting on a couch in my daughter Rachel's home in Chicago, holding my first grandchild, a boy, seven days old. I've heard grandparents talk, ad nauseum, about the thrill of this relationship, but, as with having your first baby, you have no clue what it will be like until...

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Denver's Lucky Strike: Must-Try New Restaurant

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 7:08 PM

Denver just became one of six lucky cities to have a True Food Kitchen -- ahead of New York, Chicago and San Francisco. True Food was created by Dr. Andrew Weill, best-selling author on health and healing.

We've been friends since he was a Harvard Med School student, and...

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My Son's Chinese Wedding: Merging Families, Merging Cultures

(8) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 12:46 PM

Last week I put on a traditional Chinese costume and sat beside my ex-husband in an obscure city in China, waiting for our son, Andrew, to come riding up on a horse with his bride in a sedan chair and ask us to accept her as our daughter.

Our children...

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Kumaré: Tales of a Phony Guru

(21) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 10:03 AM

I rarely go to see a movie twice, but after watching Kumaré, I went back to see it again the next day. Directed by Vikram Gandhi, the film is hilarious and profound, playful and edgy. A bright, indie film maker conducts an experiment: putting on the orange robes of a...

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Teens Again!

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 3:00 PM

I just had the most fun that I've ever had at a concert. I saw the Beach Boys at Red Rocks near Denver.

On tour for the first time in more than twenty years, they played 51 songs, during which I and most of the 10,000 others in the...

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Naked, With Bats

(10) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 10:51 PM

Kurt Vonnegut wrote in Cat's Cradle: "Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God." I had a peak experience over Labor Day that involved hundreds of thousands of bats, a double rainbow and naturists of all ages. I would not have had this experience if I hadn't accepted a peculiar...

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Who Has the Magic Coin?

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2011 | 12:14 PM

l've been meeting with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi to collaborate on a book about what he calls "The December Work." I see it as lessons from a rabbi in his later years that you can use for all your years.

On July 1, I'm about to leave Reb Zalman's house and...

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Medical Marijuana -- No More Wild West?

(17) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 12:44 PM

This is part two about living with legal medical marijuana in CO, and why Attorney General Eric Holder fears that this is de-facto legalization. To read part one, CLICK HERE.

After applying for a license to use medical marijuana, Sam* drives to the closest dispensary...

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Train Wreck Ahead for Medical Marijuana?

(22) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 8:00 PM

"Isn't it fun growing older in Boulder?" my friend, Sam,* asked at a recent gathering. "Where else can you eat a cookie laced with marijuana and go to the opera? It's legal, and it's free!"

What? Free legal medical marijuana? Until the past week, that's been true in Colorado. But...

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3 Ways to Stop Forgetting Things

(14) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Gloria Steinem said not long ago, "At my age, remembering something is as good as an orgasm." I get it. You try and try, then you stop trying, you think about the weather, you forget the whole thing and then, out of nowhere, bam! Here it comes. The name or...

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Ram Dass Has a Son! But Has This Revelation Changed His Conception of Love?

(160) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 5:47 PM

Ram Dass was working on his new book, "Be Love Now," written with his longtime friend, Rameshwar Das, when a letter arrived from a stranger: "I believe you may be the father of my older brother."

What?! Ram Dass dismissed it at first, thinking, "Someone's trying to hustle...

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A Bear in My House!

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2010 | 3:29 PM

I grabbed the phone, locked myself in a closet and dialed 911. When the officer answered and asked for my address, I screamed, "There's a bear inside my house! And I'm alone!"

It began with forgetfulness. I put some eggs on the stove to boil, went downstairs to my office...

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I Feel Bad about Your Eyebrows

(11) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 12:19 AM

Wax on, wax off. Ouch! I'm sitting in a chair while the eyebrow queen of Beverly Hills goes to work on me. What am I doing here?! How far will we go for beauty?

I don't know exactly when, but sometime between age 16 and now, my dark, thick,...

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Dodging Bombs and Tsunamis

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 3:39 AM

I went into shock when I heard the guesthouse where I'd stayed in Afghanistan last fall was attacked by Taliban. They killed 16 people, including Indian doctors and other foreigners working on humanitarian projects.

The insurgents stormed the Park Residence where I'd stayed with 8 members of a womens'...

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Yay for Schmucks with Underwoods!

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 3:05 PM

Buried among the woeful news of recent weeks is a surprising victory. The TV writers who've been suing the networks, studios and talent agencies for age discrimination for almost ten years just won a $70 million settlement - the largest age discrimination award in history. It will change the landscape,...

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Real Housewives of Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2009 | 4:13 AM

I thought I knew what the U.S. should do in Afghanistan, until I made a trip there with a small group organized by Code Pink. This is Part 2 of a series. To see all posts in chronological order, Click Here.

In a mud-brick building on the...

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