Susan Sarandon’s Bizarre “Sacrament” of Ashes

“For everyone who’s joined in the sacrament tonight, I’m really happy to hear, there’s a lot of you, and he’d be so happy to know this is going on here.”That's actress Susan Sarandon, speaking about processing through the festival at the 2015 Burning Man, the clothing-optional festival in Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, carrying the ashes of the LSD advocate Timothy Leary. Depending on which celebrity news magazine you read, you learn that Sarandon either (a) drank Leary's ashes in a k … [Read more...]

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Al Gore’s Daughter Weds Under Historic Tree

There she was, the happy bride, her ivory gown accented by the deep purple of her bridal bouquet.Sarah Gore, daughter of former Vice President Al Gore, married real estate agent Patrick Maiani in front of the Lucky Llama Coffee Shop in Carpinteria, California.Father of the bride Al Gore was on hand to give the bride away in a quick ceremony beneath the Wardholme Torrey Pine.  The world's tallest Torrey Pine tree, Wardholme Torrey Pine was planted in 1888 and stands 126 feet tall, with a 1 … [Read more...]

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CHOSEN: A Confirmation Study Program to Capture Teens’ Hearts and Minds

I was thirteen once. It was a year of deep emotional turmoil: I was awash in hormones, and I felt gangly and unattractive.I was an honor student, competent at rote memorization; but I struggled to understand the deeper meaning of the accumulated facts which competed for my attention.I was uncertain whether the faith which I'd inherited from my parents, and which had governed my life to that point, would be a life-long habit, or whether I'd go to college and drift off into something … [Read more...]

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