Rod Serling, the highly acclaimed film writer and television producer/director, is known for his groundbreaking science fiction series “The Twilight Zone.” Airing on the American television network CBS from 1959-1964, his thought-provoking narratives are “strangely” relevant for our times. Serling concludes each episode with a philosophical reflection. Most still “speak” to us. This is especially true of his closing remarks from “The...

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Posted on Dec 28, 2014

There are places in the world that are neither here, nor there, neither up nor down, neither real nor imaginary.  These are the in-between places, difficult to find and even more challenging to sustain.  Yet they are the most fruitful places of all.  For in these liminal narrows, a kind of life takes place that is out of the ordinary, creative, and once in a while, genuinely magical.  We tend to divide life between mind and matter and...

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Not All Borders are Created Equal

Posted on May 13, 2014

John Brockman is editor and publisher of the EDGE.ORG — an imaginative website that has as its mission:  “To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.”  This is a website worth checking out for the intellectually curious. Brockman has recently edited a volume...

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Rebecca Solnit

Posted on Dec 2, 2013

The prolific and award winning American writer Rebecca Solnit (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, Mark Lynton History Prize winner, and Sally Hacker Prize recipient) is a border crosser.  In her book of essays titled A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Penguin Books, 2005), she writes about leaving the familiar and comfortable boundaries of one’s existence and fearlessly entering new territory. Her essay, “Open Door,” begins with...

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