Self-help guru arrested in Arizona sweat lodge deaths

Self-help guru arrested in Arizona sweat lodge deathsSelf-help guru James Arthur Ray was arrested Wednesday and charged with three counts of manslaughter in connection with an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead in October.

Ray was taken into custody at his attorney's office in Prescott, Ariz., a sheriff's spokesman said, and taken to the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde. Bond has been set at $5 million. He is to appear in court Thursday.>>>

Tono taps Mongolian culture

Tono taps Mongolian cultureRed Sky Performance’s Anishinabe choreographer and artistic director, Sandra Laronde, long wanted to do a project involving Mongolians. Her First Nations dance company, based in Toronto, has a mandate to connect indigenous cultures from around the world, and Mongolia is rich in living traditions with links throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The seed for Tono lay dormant, however, until Red Sky toured China three years ago.>>>

Smile Or Die

Smile Or DieIn simpler times, it was a hobby of mine to wander into the self-help section of the local bookshop, gape at the extraordinary titles and observe the customers browsing. Most of them wore the furtive look usually associated with the purchaser of pornographic magazines.

Judging by Ehrenreich's Smile Or Die, willingly subjecting oneself to the cult of positive thinking is a shameful act indeed.>>>

Voodoo Dialogue

Voodoo DialogueIn Haiti, the Other World is this one. Everywhere in the night are the dead — the gede — and their spirits.
In the wreckage of the earthquake, in that heavily Christian-Voodoo nation surely some whispered Psalms, words born in Hebrew, now shared, a crying from “out of the depths.” It is an island punished by nature but not God forsaken.>>>

Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force AcademyWitches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans.