Summer 2022: Ancestors

Our ancestors are always with us. They reside in the color of our eyes, in our religious and social practices, in how we treat our fellow humans. They are to some extent our fate, but not necessarily our destiny.”

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My Ancestor

David GuyMay 26, 20228 min read
My Ancestor

In my mid-thirties I found myself in Dante’s dark wood, where my way was entirely lost.  My marriage was falling apart.  My primary mentor, Reynolds Price, seemed to be dying of a weird spinal cancer that was slowly paralyzing him. …

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue by subscribing to Parabola. Parabola Magazine · Parabola Podcast Episode…

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Our younger selves seed what we become and, as we age, we carry our earlier years with us. A sage elderly woman once told me, “some things you can only understand when you’re old”; yet equally true is that the…

My Journey through Depression

My Journey through Depression

First Wake-Up Call  When I was in my early twenties, I had the opportunity to explore the west coast of South America with my partner. I was already a young scientist, working on a master’s degree at medical school and…

“What Dreams May Come”: Ancient holistic healing at the Asklepion

“What Dreams May Come”: Ancient holistic healing at the Asklepion

 The word “holistic” is rooted in the ancient Greek word ὅλος (holos), meaning “all, whole, entire.” It is cognate with the English adjective “whole,” a concept which, before modernity, had always been bound up with health and wellness. Tragically, humanity…

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