Summer of Love 2017: Counterculture Remixed
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January 14, 1967. Counterculture icon, Timothy Leary, stands before a free-loving gathering of some 30,000 hippies. They’ve come to San Francisco to attend the legendary Human Be-In, on a quest to explore a different approach to, well, everything. A few month’s later, some 100,000 will reconvene in Haight-Ashbury for what will become known as the […]
What if the quest to be perpetually happy was actually making us miserable? Summer 2012. Two thousands miles west of New York City, nearly 9,000 feet above sea-level. Deep into the Colorado Rockies, I’m sitting in the wood-clad home of soon-to-be friend, venture-capitalist, entrepreneur and deeply-wise and truthful explorer of life, Brad Feld. We’re […]
Can this really keep happening? That’s what my wife, Stephanie, and I wondered as the date neared for our third annual Camp Good Life Project (Camp GLP, for short). In a matter of days, hundreds of people would board planes, trains, buses and cars to descend upon our 130-acre oasis, 90-minutes from Manhattan. They’d come from […]
It’s late at night. You’re watching a movie… Deep in the jungle, maybe 100 years ago, a clearing emerges. Tropical grasses sway in a warm breeze. Intense green blends with a glistening sun and you can hear the faint sound of scampering creatures off in the dense woods. But, the field remains free of any semblance of […]
A few summers back, we flew out to San Diego and spent a month driving slowly up the coast to Marin County. Just me, the wife and the kid. I hadn’t spent a lot of time in southern California, especially along the coast. So I’d never heard of or experienced the phenomenon known as the […]
I’m rarely at a loss for words. Today, I’m struggling. A few months back, I recorded a conversation with an old friend, Erin Moon. Someone I’ve known for a decade, but we’d drifted over the years. She lived through an unbearable loss a few years after we fell out touch and I wasn’t really sure […]
I’m sitting across from Brene Brown. Our legs, as she calls it, criss-cross-apple-sauce. Me: What does it mean to you, to live a good life? Brene: A good life happens when you stop and are grateful for the ordinary moments that so many of us just steamroll over to try to find those extraordinary moments. […]
2002. Mexican riviera. I’m sweating, almost violently… Barefoot in the middle of a tiled, thatched-roof palapa feet from the rolling surf. I’m there with yoga wunderkind, Baron Baptiste, famed kirtan singer, Krisha Das, aka KD, and 100 sweaty humans training to become yoga teachers. We practice. We teach. We move. We twist. We grind. We stretch. We […]
Everywhere you look, stories and images of the darker side of human nature reign supreme. Because our brains are wired to see and hang on to these negative images more fiercely than the positive, it’s easy to fall into the “we’re all screwed” black hole. Truth is. There are stunning examples of the lighter, […]
There’s a question I’ll sometimes ask people shortly after meeting them. Some get totally freaked out. Others light up. Either way, you’ll often learn more about them by their reaction than the content of their answer… It’s also a question I ask myself relentlessly. Even more so with the start of every new year. And with […]
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