Donna Karan’s Journey

Donna Karan’s JourneyWe weren't going to tell Donna Karan that I had a headache. "She's very nurturing," fretted one of her colleagues, "and if she finds out, well, that's all she'll want to focus on." Meanwhile, several sleek and attractive staff members here in New York at Karan's Urban Zen Foundation, the West Village headquarters for her charity — as well as a hangout for holistic-living-loving friends such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington Burns, and Madonna — are gracefully buzzing around, seeking out essential oils to rub into my temples and pressure points.

Israel Ancient Human Remains Discovered, Report Scientists

Israel Ancient Human Remains Discovered, Report ScientistsJERUSALEM — Israeli archaeologists said Monday they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man, and if so, it could upset theories of the origin of humans.

A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old.

Taiwan shortlists aboriginal heritage sites

Taiwan shortlists aboriginal heritage sitesIn a bid to preserve the cultures of Taiwan’s 14 indigenous peoples, the Cabinet-level Council for Cultural Affairs released Dec. 22 a comprehensive list of 154 aboriginal cultural heritage sites.

A total of 127 tangible and 27 intangible heritage sites have been identified after a one-year survey, according to the Headquarters Administration of Cultural Heritage under the CCA.

2011 and other future through eyes of astrologers

2011 and other future through eyes of astrologersNot so rosy prospects await the Russians next year – this was revealed yesterday at the Central House of Journalists, where parapsychologists, shamans, psychics and astrologers told Russian reporters what to expect and what to fear in 2011. The main prediction for next year is that it will be the end of the Putin era and will be marked by riots, protest movements, another summer drought and already habitual rising prices.

Saving the old with the new

Saving the old with the newThe Achuar people in the Ecuadorian highlands use tourism in their fight to retain traditions
I had traveled by car, plane, boat and foot to a place where the old ways have not been forgotten. Here local people interpret the world through their dreams and the forest spirit known as arutamis said to inhabit the mighty kapok tree, and healing and insight is sought from a hallucinogenic plant brew the indigenous people call natem, known elsewhere as ayahuasca, or "vine of the soul."