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Beyond Portnoy

Book Review

It is a novel about the nature of temptation itself, in all its guises. Oscar Wilde once said that the only way to resist temptation is to succumb to it, but his witticism contains a truth, because even if we do resist temptation it continues to loom, to grow, as a threat, ever returning, dominating our lives. Man longs for salvation, wholeness, but is drawn also to another force, seen variously through the ages as evil, sin, illness.

Hillsborough: Queen Of The Piedmont

According to the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, “at least 116 late 18th and early 19th century structures” still grace the town’s quiet streets. Many are beautifully preserved and marked for the passerby. One, the Colonial Inn on King Street, still operates as an inn, with Southern-style lunches and dinners served by waitresses in colonial get-up.

The Chain Gang

Few Americans are privileged enough not to have been affected by food price inflation. For most of us, the unexpected rise in food prices during the 1970’s brought with it unwelcome changes in our budget as well as our diet.

Breasts: A Lesson In Self-Discovery

The room temperature should be comfortable but a bit on the cool side to insure the full development of the castle and each of the respective pawns and moats of the areola. Success is best accomplished in a pleasant atmosphere: quiet music; a bed sufficiently hard, but comfortable; and the subject prone — drugged, thoroughly asleep, or unconscious to insure silence and stillness throughout the entire operation. This is a mass, a service, and should be approached and undertaken with a sense of reverence.

Common Sense As Cosmic Sense

In Islamic legend the bridge on which one passes to heaven is narrow and bounded on one side by the abyss of logic and on the other by the abyss of gullibility. To live by the mind is the old Greek ideal of the Apollonian, the pure idea, to live in stasis. To live by the heart alone is to impose no order on one’s world, to burn out in a frenzy. If one does not temper one’s experience with both logic and feeling, both discernment and love, then one is treading close to the edge of the abyss. The unquestioned heart is as extreme as the unquestioned mind. Both are polarities between which the spirit is pitched like a ball to create synthesis and transcendence.

Heating With Wood

Heating with wood has become popular as an inexpensive, safe, and personally satisfying way of staying warm. Many people appreciate being able to keep their houses toasty without relying on the utility company or oil industry. Heating with wood brings us down to our roots — taking wood from the earth, gathering and storing it with our family and friends, sitting around a fire on a cold night.

Temple Sweeper

12 May 1974. Josh may be dying. It seems so witless and so unreal. I cannot relate to him as other …

Shadow Dancing

Healing has an infinite variety of forms. The only way to evaluate any single method is as a positive catalyst of change. Scientists “objectively” measure healing; empiricists “can tell” if it works. But the person being healed either feels better or doesn’t. The quintessence of healing is being well.

David Searls Loves The Sun: A Romance

I rose with the light this morning, but the only Sun I could see was the magazine I fell asleep reading; the November issue, the one with half the Safranskys on the cover. Sy’s elastic deadline, now stretched to the limit, looms as heavy and gray as the weather outside. The time has come to produce something for the December Sun.

Excerpts From Rain, A Journal Of Appropriate Technology

RAIN is one of my favorite magazines. Published monthly in Portland, Oregon, RAIN calls itself “a monthly information access journal and reference service for people developing more satisfying patterns that increase local self-reliance and press less heavily on our limited resources.


On The Astral Plane To Puerto Rico

I, Arthur Milstein, have had a shitty life. I have found difficulty finding gainful employment. I most recently had a position carving names on gravestones, but I was dismissed owing to poor spelling. I usually spell well but not under intense pressure. My boss had the four gravestones I made mistakes on placed in the trunk of my car, and I am not strong enough to take them out.

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