Last night, I discovered my new favorite blog, Sleep Talkin’ Man. Karen Slavick created the blog in 2009 to document her husband Adam’s hilarious comments in his sleep for friends and family. In the past year, the blog’s readership has exploded, with Sleep Talkin’ Man’s popularity leading to sales of t-shirts, ringtones, coffee mugs, and other products sporting STM’s witticisms. A number of topics recur regularly, including various animals, ninjas, pirates, hatred of lentils, and much self-adulation. Due to STM’s frequent profanity, children and those who are bothered by obscenities should avoid reading the blog.
This past Friday, Divine Union hosted its first concert, by Amy Steinberg. A witty, irreverent singer-songwriter, she has performed with such notable musicians as Ani Difranco, Lisa Loeb, and Meredith Brooks.
The holidays are upon us. While they can be enjoyable, the stress of shopping, back-to-back events, travel, and family gatherings can cause people to lose sight of the reasons for the season. Love, compassion for others, and joy are central themes for celebration this time of year. These are also all embodied in the goddess Guan Yin (a.k.a Quan Yin, Kwan Yin, Kannon, and several other similar names).