Author: CummingsRL

Climbing Krabi

Krabi’s majestic limestone karsts stand as ever-vigilant sentinels looking over the verdant tropical landscape. To the adventuresome, the mountains call to be climbed. Climbing challenges us to overcome our fears, to patiently listen to our bodies, to move with planning and deliberation, and above all, to trust. Body and mind focus intently on feet and

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Elephant Camps and Waterfalls: Hiking Mae Wang

Mae Wang (แม่วาง) is a scenic mountain area winding along the banks of the Wang River–not to be confused with another Wang River (แม่น้ำวัง) which is one of the four northern rivers that flow into Thailand’s “Prince of Rivers”, the Chaophraya.  Mae Wang is really more of a mountain stream whose headwaters begin just south and

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Hiking Chiang Mai’s “Sticky Falls” — How This Rare Natural Wonder Got Its Super SpiderMan Power

Sticky Falls, or Namtok Buatong, in Chiang Mai is a rare natural wonder formed from carbonates that give a Spiderman-like grip even under the water. Take a look and learn how it got there!

How to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness Through Insight

A Review of Dr. Tasha Eurich’s Book Insight Is Introspection the Road to Self-Awareness? What do you picture in your mind when you think of someone practicing “introspection”? A Buddhist hermit perched on a rock in the mountains? Maybe a hippie gazing at his navel? Or maybe a high-powered tech executive practicing mindfulness to get

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Mediterranean Mosaics of Chaos and Order: How Arabic-Speaking Norman Warriors Produced Multicultural Marvels

“In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” –Carl Jung In the Mediterranean region, diverse cultures and religions of Africa, Asia, and Europe chaotically churn like turbulent currents beating upon a rocky shore. The pounding water brings destruction and change, gradually reshaping the land over the centuries. At the same

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A 10th Century Multicultural Eve, Serpent, and Adam

Today’s image of Eve, the Serpent, and Adam in our series on Serpents, Seduction, and Sin: “The Fall” in Art Through the Ages is another illuminated manuscript from the Iberian Peninsula. The Codex Vigilanus (named for one of the scribes), also known as Codex Albeldensis (after the monastery in which is was made), is a

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Serpents and Sex: “The Temptation of Eve” in Art Through the Ages

The Fall of Mankind Why is there evil in the world? Why do we feel tempted to do things we think we should not do? What are the consequences of becoming conscious of good, evil, our own consciousness, and our impending death? Why do we die? These are fundamental questions of human existence addressed through

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Learning the Secrets of the Ancients: Pre-Historic Krabi

The Wisdom of the Ancestors The dark dampness of the cave presses like a weight upon Little Red’s skin. The pungent smell of burning herbs, mingled with the damp earthy scent of moss-covered stones, stings his nostrils. A low groaning hum resonates from deep in the shaman’s throat, echoing mysteriously in the dark abyss. Little

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