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My book is out!

The company I work for – Gildshire – has released a compilation of my articles! It’s called “The Little Book of Stuff You Didn’t Know: Histories, Mysteries, and More.” Ever wondered how the theory about Hitler hiding in Argentina started? Or what the most dangerous places for tourists are? Knowledge is power, and you can be the most powerful person in the room after you’ve read this book. You will learn a bit about everything that’s strange, unique, or wonderfully-weird.

Articles include:

The Codes No One Can Crack
America’s First Serial Killers
The World Of Body Modification
Most Dangerous Places To Visit As A Tourist
The Four Most Notorious Paranormal Hoaxes

It’s a really fun read of 27 articles, and only $4.99! Click here to check out the Amazon page. If you don’t have a kindle, you can download the free Kindle app on your phone or computer, and read it that way.


Guest Post: Photography, Mental Health, and Spirituality


Sarah Fleming is finishing up her last year studying Psychology and Religious Studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is passionate about spiritual and emotional well-being, social justice, interfaith dialogue, and photography. She hopes to pursue careers in both photography and Unitarian Universalist ministry.

I’ve struggled for years with anxiety and panic. Without even noticing the build-up, I can get to places where I literally forget to breathe for seconds at a time. I lose myself, and my thoughts don’t have time to complete themselves. The world is a hostile place at these times.

For me, mental health and spirituality are absolutely intertwined. For the first few months of my panic attacks, the only thing that could make the world an okay place again was Xanax. However, I was lucky enough to be taken in by a college chaplain who introduced me to Zen meditation. Meditation changed the possibilities that life held for me. Over time, I’ve learned to be patient with myself, with others, and with the world; to rest in the ambiguity of the moment and see it for what it is; to learn that it’s not bad after all. I’ve found stability and faith that I hadn’t believed possible.

I have long been attracted to photography because it does what meditation does: it breaks down the overwhelming chaos into little moments of clarity. After a difficult few months in which meditation seemed more difficult than usual, I got myself a DSLR camera and threw myself into photography. I’m inspired by the work of Matthieu Ricard, a well-known Tibetan monk who uses photography as a supplement to his meditation practice. In a well-known quote, Henri-Cartier Bresson describes this connection: “Matthieu’s camera and his spiritual life are one, and from this spring these images, fleeting and eternal.”

I’d like to share the results of my semester-long experiment with photography as a spiritual practice. I have a long way to go, but I’m now considering pursuing photography as a career after finishing college (in addition to ministry/spiritual leadership!). I’ve experimented with several genres of photography. I especially like capturing authentic emotion through portraits and little poignant snapshots of time through street photography. I also have a collection of travel photographs from my trip to Dharamsala, India this past summer.




Here we go – some links to my photography!

My website: http://www.saraheflemingphoto.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saraheflemingphoto

Tumblr: http://saraheflemingphoto.tumblr.com/

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/109246693@N02/

If I Could Turn Back Time


One of my favorite questions to ask people is what time period they would travel back to if time travel was real. A lot of people say they would want to meet Jesus. I’ve been thinking about my answer for a long time, and I still don’t really know. There are rules to consider. Do I have to travel to a certain place, like if I wanted to meet Jesus, would I have to travel to Israel first to be sure I traveled back to the right place? Would clothes travel with me? If they did, I would have to wear time-appropriate clothing. Would my race be an issue? Like if I traveled back to ancient China, would everyone notice I’m half white or could I get away with it? How long am I staying back in time?

Seeing a dinosaur in the flesh is on my list, but it’s also super dangerous. I’m less afraid of the big ones; my concern is with the little ones that tear you to shreds like a paper shredder. There’s no way to run away from those. No amount of prehistoric underbrush that could hide me. That one’s not super high on my list.

Even though it’s cliche, seeing Jesus speak would be really incredible. Finding the right clothes and blending in would be an issue, and me being a woman, too. I’d have to bring along a man or something. Oh, and also, not speaking the language. If this was a real quick time travel – zip to the Sermon on the Mount – and then zip out, sure.

One of the things that would be cool to do would be to see Shakespeare perform in one of his plays. However, in order to blend in, I would have to be a commoner, which would mean I would be standing for hours in the theater, squished, and overwhelmed by smells. I might also catch the plague, and if it didn’t kill me, I would be bringing it back to the modern world. Not super great.

Another era that I could go back to would be the 1920’s. I could see F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda jump in a fountain. Finding clothes for that era wouldn’t be especially hard and being in America, I could speak English. If I went back to the right time, I wouldn’t even have to leave Minnesota. This one is the most practical.

So how about you? Where in time would you like to go?