Since medical school, I have been fascinated with the customs of different cultures with respect to pregnancy and childbirth, having served as a health caregiver on several continents. Some customs were clearly wise; others had me questioning their value in light of their potential danger at such a delicate time.
Spirit of Change - July-August 2003
In the twenty-first century, time may be more important than money. A recent survey by the University of Maryland found that 48 percent of low-to-middle-income Americans questioned said they would give up a day's pay each week in return for an extra day of free time.
espite little action on many critical issues at the recent World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, the beginning of 2003 reveals fresh evidence of humanity’s capacity to respond rapidly to unprecedented environmental and social threats.
In March of 2002, I did what many people who are closing in on their 40th birthday do -- I took inventory of my life. After a short deliberation, I decided I needed a new home because I felt stifled by the warren-like floor plan and low ceilings of my ranch-style house.
In January 2001, Spirit of Change asked readers to sponsor efforts to build a midwife/health center in Concepcion, Guatemala -- home to Felipe and Elena Ixcot, currently residents of Vermont, and honored elders attending the annual Harvest Gathering each year.
Santa Clara County, of all jurisdictions in America, should have known better. They could have started by looking at Florida.
The following is a transcript of the speech given by actor Tim Robbins to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 2003.
Scott Ritter, a former UN Chief Weapons Inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998 is much in the news. Although a Republican he is also a vociferous critic of the Bush administration. Invited to the Netherlands by the Dutch Socialist Party, he gave a series of lectures and interviews
Dear Ms. Bedrosian, I read your paper often. It seems some of your readers are responding ("Letters to the Editor," Mar/Apr 2003) with political corrections with respect to Emmanuel Ortiz’s poem "Not In My Name" (Jan/Feb 2003).