American Gothic: a state visit to Britain for the first couple

‘The most famous painting in American art’: Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930) . Photograph: The Art Institute of Chicago, friends of American Art Collection The US’s most famous, and most parodied painting is about to visit London for the first time. We examine the many interpretations of Grant Wood’s masterpiece by Laura Cumming American Gothic – the long-faced couple standing sentry before their wooden house in apron and overalls, pitchfork in hand – is the most famous painting in American art. It is instantly recognisable to millions of people from Oregon to Osaka who hardly know its name, still less that … Continue reading American Gothic: a state visit to Britain for the first couple

Turning to Nature to Find our True Selves

Photo by Jerry and Pat Donaho | https://tricy.cl/2kuGWMP Bill Plotkin, a psychologist and wilderness guide, talks about the Buddhist connection to going into the woods to find yourself. By Leath Tonino   ll Plotkin has led thousands of people into the woods, the mountains, and canyons. Far from casual beer-and-sunscreen camping trips, these adventures are crafted to facilitate “the descent to soul.” They help participants find out what is most unique about themselves and what will benefit their communities when they return to everyday life. A psychologist and wilderness guide, Plotkin, 66, is the author of three books, most recently … Continue reading Turning to Nature to Find our True Selves

Dietary Changes Now Proven to Effectively Treat Major Depression

by Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer, Waking Times More than 15 million Americans suffer from serious depression, and it is estimated that globally some 350 million people are struggling with the challenging mental disorder. While the causes of depression are varied and largely unidentifiable, since the 1950’s the pharmaceutical industry has been developing a broad range of antidepressants, and it now estimated that 8-10% of the American population is taking some type of antidepressants. The problems with antidepressants are wide-ranging including addiction, costs, and a host of unfavorable side-effects including emotional numbness and even an increased risk of suicide. While antidepressants may very well help some … Continue reading Dietary Changes Now Proven to Effectively Treat Major Depression