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Writers establish blog-based auction for Nashville after the flood
Writers establish blog-based auction for Nashville after the flood

Nashville still needs help, and the writing and publishing community is coming together to provide it.You’ve heard about the flooding in Nashville on the news – or maybe you haven’t. It hasn’t received quite the amount of coverage in the U.S. that one might expect for a city underwater with at least 23 dead and 42 counties declared as disaster areas.

Broke in Lima
Broke in Lima

Lights spiral up a tall building, making it sparkle like a jewel in the dark. It is the tower of one of South America’s largest cell phone carriers.I scan the burnished windows and imagine the CEO sitting comfortably at his desk, not wondering where his next meal will come from.I despise this person because the amount of money I need to get home is pocket change to him, and the least he could do is share.

Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10
Haiti volunteer project: evening update 1/14/10

UN forces performing rescue operations in Haiti. Photo: UN Development Programme.After spending a day at the Haitian Consulate in New York City, we have a clearer picture about the best way to channel our energy and assistance.Please donate now to support relief efforts:– UNICEF. Go online to unicefusa.

‘The Lost Girls’ find their way
‘The Lost Girls’ find their way

The Lost GirlsThree NYC gals decide to quit their stressful careers in journalism to take a trip around the world for a year. Only then do they realize what they’re really made of.I’m betting the Lost Girls got a lot of “you’re so lucky!”s when they first broke the news to friends about plans for an around-the-world trip.

Sex and the stogie: A girl’s guide to cigars
Sex and the stogie: A girl’s guide to cigars

Cigars are for guys, right? Think again. Jeannie Mark lights up and shares her favorites, from fat Cubans to pencil thin cigarillos.Davidoff No. 2A long cigar chock full of quality. Hand finished and composed of high quality tobacco. Kind of the Jimmy Choo of cigars.Davidoff Long Panatela Natural CigarsCreamy, giving taste.

Notes on Nariman House: The Travel of Remembrance
Notes on Nariman House: The Travel of Remembrance

Photo by the Author.In some places, what can you do except remember?A gray skeletal hulk in the middle of an alleyway in Colaba in Mumbai South, it is a place that will always belong to the past.Even on this warm Sunday morning in March, with the neighborhood women in their red and gold saris passing Nariman House with mangos and chapattis, this structure belongs to November.

The 11 keys of spiritual activism
The 11 keys of spiritual activism

Non-violent protestors advocate for Tibet / Photo: lecercleSpiritual Activism is rooted in an understanding of interdependence, recognizing the process is as important as the goal.Spiritual Activism is the coming together of spirituality, and activism.It is not about any form of dogma, it is simply activism that comes from the heart, not just the head, activism that is compassionate, positive, kind, fierce and transformative.

Chevron: The toxic tour
Chevron: The toxic tour

Photo by Antoine Bonsorte; remaining photos by author.Manuel Ignacio Salinas was so proud to repeat his name when I asked him a third time.“Manuel…Ignacio…Salinas.”Standing just over five feet tall, the aging Señor Salinas had graying hair, a discolored left eye, and rashes visible where his tattered light-blue button-down shirt failed to cover his dark Ecuadorian skin.

Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship
Budget Travel in Indonesia: A Revelatory Night On a Ship

All photos: authorTraveling on a shoestring gave this traveler a sharp sense of life in Indonesia.How on Earth did I get here?The cramped lifeboat, rigged twenty feet above the ship’s main deck, swayed in the afternoon storm.I had been sandwiched between two families outside when the downpour began. Now, having followed a band of Indonesians up a ladder into the covered lifeboat, I hunched over, trying to calm my stomach as they sang a local pop song led by a badly tuned guitar.

Top 10 North American Resorts For Your 2008-2009 Ski Trip
Top 10 North American Resorts For Your 2008-2009 Ski Trip

Sunshine Village photo by Andy BellWhen it comes to choosing which mountains to ride and ski this year, remember that, “more famous” and “more popular” does not equate with “better skiing.”The following ten ski resorts have been selected based on two criteria more important than any other: consistency of good snow conditions, and quality of terrain.

Charge Your Gadgets With Wind Power
Charge Your Gadgets With Wind Power

Now you can keep your cell and iPod charged anywhere, from the streets of Madrid to the middle of the Sahara.The HYmini is a handheld, hybrid universal charger that captures renewable wind and solar power, along with conventional wall plug power. The harnessed energy is used to charge most 5V digital gadgets, including cell phones, mp3 players, iPods, digital cameras, and more.

Perry Watts-Russell helps Josiah Leming navigate music production
Perry Watts-Russell helps Josiah Leming navigate music production

Perry Watts-Russell gives a glimpse at life as a top-level music executive and shows why he loves LA.Perry Watts-Russell near his home in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Photo by: Stuart HoltThe Most Interesting Person Project is a series of interviews in which each person interviewed gives the name of the person they think is the most interesting person they know.