QUARANTINED AT HER HOME in Christiansburg, Virginia, Nikki Giovanni listens to Dizzy Gillespie and chats on the phone over her morning coffee and grits “like grandmother used to make.” The poet is always “trying to get a little work done.” This October she published her 28th book, Make Me Rain. It’s the latest offering in a career that took off in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and has included co-writing a book with James Baldwin and earning a Grammy nomination for best-spoken word album.
Giovanni brings a voice of discernment and solidity to our disquiet times. She sees the pandemic as carving out a spiritual space within us: “We are Zooming each other. We are talking to each other more. People are writing who haven’t written before. I think a lot of this is moving toward the spiritual, a being-in-touch with each other. This virus that is making us stay in has brought out another part of our hearts.”
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TOO MUCH STUFF? FLOW AND F.L.O.W.
Inspired by Benedictine simplicity, BECKY GARRISON looks for ways to keep her space less cluttered.
RIGHT NOW, WE'RE ALL DYSREGULATED
Yoga teacher and somatic counselor HALA KHOURI shares ideas for moving toward self-regulation.
The REST Story
Despite a high-pressure job producing films, Tracee Stanley had everything under control. Prioritizing her own wellbeing made her more effective and efficient at work—which gave her time and space to prioritize her own wellbeing.
PEERING INTO THE FUTURE OF RETREATS
Retreat centers are ready to invite guests back onto their properties, but what that means may be vastly different in 2021 and beyond, even after the pandemic is under control.
6 SECRETS FOR PLANNING A RETREAT FOR A GROUP OF FRIENDS
You’ve envisioned it for ages—escaping for a retreat with a group of dear friends. You’re laughing together in terry-cloth robes and mud masks. Or maybe your gang is at a wilderness retreat, journaling around a fire pit. Perhaps your group is together deepening a faith practice, experiencing a festival, or traveling in an exotic locale. But getting your squad off on a retreat can easily become a logistical challenge (ever heard the term herding cats?). Here are six secrets for turning a “maybe someday” dream into a concrete, and pleasurable, reality.
WOUNDS AND THE WOMB
JULIE PETERS explores how to heal a relationship with the sacred womb, a place of death, life, and possibilities.
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.
5 PREDICTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF RETREATS
The rustic, historic property once offered hot mineral soaks in private rooms with big clawfoot tubs and one of the best and largest wood-burning saunas in the States. Days frolicking between the steaming hot mineral baths, a cold creek, and the sauna—and nights spent without phone or wifi in a simple cabin in the woods. Hot tea, a warm fire, and a cool stack of magazines: My kind of bliss.
Visioning a Re-new-able Year
FLASHBACK: It’s December 31, 1999. Flushed from dancing, I’m perched on the steps of the Hilton Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, filled with anxiety about Y2K and the chaotic world around me.
STAYING IN FOR A VIRTUAL RETREAT?
HERE’S WHAT TO DO BEFOREHAND
GAMECHANGER SANDRA GIBSON
Executive Director, SNF Parkway Theatre & Maryland Film Festival
UNION, AUTOMAKERS HEADED FOR FIGHT OVER BATTERY PLANT WAGES
The United Auto Workers union is calling on General Motors to pay full union wages at electric vehicle battery factories, thrusting what had been a festering conflict into the spotlight.
Does Congressman Andy Harris represent the future or end of the Maryland GOP?
The Boy I Raised
Is anything greater than a mother’s sorrow?
JADED JANICE TRASHES JULIE & TOP MODELS
CRANKY ex-catwalker Janice Dickinson has her claws out, shredding Mary Poppins legend Julie Andrews as a rude witch and ripping today’s top models for being boring and bland.
FLAMES OF HATE!
Ex-police chief torched for twisted midnight arson rampage
The Little State That Could
Delaware becomes a worthy destination——and not just because of Joe Biden.
Whats's on your mind?
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen grew up to make New York’s most desirable clothes. But can even perfection survive the pandemic?
After decades of silence, the EASTERN SHORE begins to RECKON with its difficult HISTORY.