On Being Blog

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 17:49

But what about practicing yoga at home? A prescribed playlist German trains would love.

Monday, September 15, 2008 - 16:49

Recalling Rabbi Heschel's words while fasting for Ramadan.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:45

Krista finds liberation in the graceful transitioning instead of only the outcome.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:13

Our managing producer, a "yoga cliché," finds a way of putting herself in the way of the divine.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 11:01

We asked for your song recommendations, and you delivered scores of them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 14:43
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 10:48

Just settling on a good program title can spur quite a bit of debate during our editorial sessions, with more considerations than you might expect.

Monday, September 8, 2008 - 09:16
Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 04:29

News reports selectively cited quotes from Sarah Palin's speech to "M.C." students. View her entire speech and add your own knowledge.

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