Category: Editorial

New Consciousness in Egypt

I stand in awe of the of the Egyptian people demonstrating peacefully in Tahrir Square in Cairo, at such risk to their lives. They offer the world a profound lesson on how to effect positive change — in a word, together. Despite the thugs and violence thrown at them, they have shown their anger and […]

Stephen Simon’s Favorite Films of 2010

I am honored and proud to be a voting member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences that nominates and then votes each year for the Oscars. I have said often, however, that I have absolutely no idea how to judge a “Best” film or actor or screenplay or anything else. To attempt […]

Holiday Time and the Media

I love this time of year because there is such a spirit of warmth and community in the air. You can enjoy it, whatever your spiritual tradition. People seem nicer and and you actually hear about positive and inspiring things in the news, rather than the usual litany of disasters. It’s clear that people have […]

Kindness and Compassion

Two books call to me this Thanksgiving weekend – Call of the Camino by Robert Mullen, which I’ve just reviewed, and Awakening Kindness by Nawang Khechog, which will be published in two weeks. Call of the Camino is about the bonds of friendship and compassion that pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago de Compostela forged […]

Vote for Sanity!

Jon Stewart said at his Rally to Restore Sanity, “The press can hold its magnifying glass up to our problems, bringing them into focus,…or they can use that magnifying glass to light ants on fire, and then perhaps host a week of shows on the dangerous, unexpected flaming ants epidemic. If we amplify everything, we […]

Banned Books Week

Do you think that book banning is thing of the past? Think again. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has been burned—yes, burned—in New Mexico and challenged in 19 states. The objection is that the headmaster personifies demonic attributes: witchcraft, sorcery and rebellion against authority. Egads! Similarly, the Lord of the Rings series was […]