Winter 2023-2024: COMFORT & JOY

“The insight that joy can arise from discomfort like a lotus from mud
is supported by another: that our lives, and the universe in which we live them, are meaningful and good, and that realization of this can bring comfort and joy in equal measure.”

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Icon and Mirror, a Photo Project by Pola Rader

ByPola RaderAug 13, 2019
Icon and Mirror, a Photo Project by Pola Rader

The photo project “Icon and Mirror” analyzes the Orthodox woman and her social role in feminist context. Familiar situations and everyday spaces recreate images of…

An Amazing Childhood Experience, by James Opie

ByJames OpieAug 10, 2019
An Amazing Childhood Experience, by James Opie

Margaret Weir (Unsplash) During my mid-twenties I became interested in a facet of phrenology—the study of peoples’ heads, their shapes, contours and bumps. I focused on…

LETTERS FROM HELL, by Jan Cheripko

ByJan CheripkoAug 10, 2019
LETTERS FROM HELL, by Jan Cheripko

VALDEMAR ADOLPH THISTED. PREFACE BY GEORGE MACDONALD. WENTWORTH PRESS, 2019. PP. 246. $24.95 Reviewed by Jan Cheripko Originally published in 1866, Letters from Hell was…

Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

ByGeneen Marie HaugenMay 16, 2019
Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

John Atkinson Grimshaw, Midsummer Night, or Iris, 1876 “Go forth onto the land”—and reanimate the world Descended from the indigenous hunter-gathers of the European arctic,…

Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

ByThomas PowersApr 28, 2019
Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Philosophy Instructing Boethius on the Role of God. Coëtivy Master (Henri de Vulcop?), c. 1460-1470. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment. Getty…

In and Out of Sight, by Padma Hejmadi

ByPadma HejmadiMar 10, 2019
In and Out of Sight, by Padma Hejmadi

By age twelve I’ve learned umpteen natural methods to combat my nearsightedness. These include the dictates of the Bates method via Aldous Huxley: eye exercises,…

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The Golden Rule Pledge

All life strives to incorporate the principle of the Golden Rule. Directing our attention toward understanding this most basic principle gives us a reasonable, common sense, and compassionate direction in anything we do. Remembering to use the Golden Rule in our own lives transforms our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with planet Earth.


1stStrive and Incorporate: I will strive to understand the meaning of the Golden Rule for myself and how I wish to incorporate it in my life, recognizing that this effort is sometimes hard and yet always helpful. This is my pledge.

2ndInvite and Request: I will invite others to do the same: live by the Golden Rule. We can change the world for the better when we apply the Golden Rule in all organizations: environmental, civic, legal, economic, educational, political, or social entities, including religious and faith traditions. This is my petition.

3rdStand in Unity: I will join with those on this planet who wish to take real responsibility toward compassion and fairness; and to build an understanding with others about what is to be done based upon the principle of the Golden Rule. Simply stated,

Treat others and the Earth the way you want to be treated

Respect for All Life is the foundation.
The Great Law of Peace, Native American

The Golden Rule Project will continuously make the results of this pledge/petition/proclamation available for all to see and utilize. The more of us who agree and sign, the more power we share as we petition our representatives to live by and apply the Golden Rule in real life situations. This is our Proclamation.