Welcome | february 2013

The other night I watched the 1991 feature JFK about the Kennedy assassination. The film’s implications are frightening. While JFK may seem to have little to do with February, with love, relationships, with Black History Month, my thoughts lie in the relationships built and broken. In how events ripple out in waves. In our need […]

Welcome | january 2013

Hard to believe, but we are already firmly in 2013. In the US, one of the most watched events of the month is the re-inauguration of President Barack Obama. This issue puts focus on the 44th Commander-In-Chief with a retrospective on previous transform articles related to him, as well as resources to revisit the victory […]

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Welcome | december 2012

As you get older, I hear, time flies by. Perhaps it’s just that time gets more and more precious as we get older. Either way, we should all put into action those fleeting feelings, thoughts, ideas, and dreams and not pass up the opportunities that come our way. This month, we offer our annual resources […]

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Welcome | november 2012

Like it or not, climate change is here and affecting everything we do. Its timing during a presidential election that barely addressed global warming was more than ironic; it was tantamount to the gods proving their wrath. Our November issue invites readers to remember the link between the modern world and the environment, while also […]

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Welcome | october 2012

Politics have become more and more divisive over the past couple decades with folks holding steadfast to their beliefs as if they had money riding on a game. In the midst of this, we’ve withdrawn our values, hearts, and sometimes our minds from the political process, deciding that winning matters more than the impact our […]

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Welcome | september 2012

Our bodies are tools, and what we use them for most often is work. Work gives us purpose. In the US it’s often how we identify ourselves–or rather, it’s often how we lose ourselves; we work, but we are not our work. Done with good intention, work is the one sure provision that we can […]

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Welcome | august 2012

Dissent, the less popular sister-word of protesting, is not a term we hear often. We hear protesting a lot – maybe because it’s about action. But they’re both important. Dissent holds the voice of our movements; protesting brings the action of change to our communities. This month transform. looks at different facets of the protest […]

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Welcome | july 2012

Every year around this time, the staff of XC goes on spiritual retreat. Our July issue reflects this by including reprints of some of our favorite stories from the past. This year is no different. In order to revitalize ourselves and gain perspective, we’re turning inward. And, as an offering for you to do the […]

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Welcome | june 2012

Einstein discovered that our cells have too much space in between them to be considered solid, thus E=mc2. We are all energy; we are all connected. We believe differently because what we see is distinct: desk, chair, dog, car. Everything is separate, and we divide accordingly, republicans vs. democrats, gay vs. straight, black vs. white, […]

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Welcome | may 2012

People all over the world have used the symbol of the Ouroboros to signify cycles, immortality, the eternal unity of all things. Renewal. Renewal is something that we can do every day, in every moment. The opposite is homeostatis, which we’re actually psychologically more inclined toward. Still what we really want is transformation, to get […]

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Welcome | april 2012

If we could reach down to the bottom of our (soul, heart, spirit, call it what you will), then we might grasp what nerve leadership hits. It goes beyond what is best for me or what I’ve been taught or what I value. It is more than perfect obedience to an idea. It is more […]

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Welcome | march 2012

There used to be an ad for Virginia Slims cigarettes when I was growing up. Its tag line was, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” And there was always an sepia tone photo of a Victorian woman trying to hide the fact that she was smoking a cigarette, while in color there was some young, […]

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