Your Beautiful Imperfect Life

Wabi-Sabi: The Art of Imperfection

| September/October 2001

YOUR BEAUTIFUL IMPERFECT LIFE
WABI-SABI: THE ART OF IMPERFECTION | By Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Natural Home
Discover the Japanese way of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in earthiness. Embracing this centuries-old concept could transform the way you live your life.

WABI-WHUH? | By By Jon Spayde
If you think we’re talking green horseradish, read on.

LIVING WABI-SABI | By Marcia Tyson Kolb, dragonflycottage.com
One woman explains how she’s come to relish life’s lopsidedness.

(print only)
EXQUISITE DECAY | By Leonard Koren
Everything—and everybody—slowly turns to dust.
Here’s what’s beautiful about that.

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? | By Karen Olson
Beware these wabi-sabi pitfalls.
Features
AYAHUASCA: SACRED TEA FROM THE AMAZON | By Jeremiah Creedon
An expert on traditional plant medicines explores whether ayahuasca can cure alcoholism. Some say it might even heal the planet.

SEEKING PEACE IN THE WAR ON DRUGS | By Ethan A. Nadelmann, Lapis
The drug reform movement gains ground across America.

HONORING OUR HUNGER FOR THE ECSTATIC | By Fred R.
Thoughts on addiction, recovery and the zig-zagging path toward wholeness.

GOT (TIME FOR) FRIENDS? |
By Andy Steiner
Sure, grown-up life is busy, but are you making time for what’s really important?
Why finding—and keeping—friends may be even more essential than you realize.

ONLY RECONNECT
| By Jon Spayde
Tips for rekindling long-lost relationships. It’s easier than you think.

THE 19 KINDS OF FRIENDS
| By Jeremiah Creedon
The best friend, the scary friend, the friend with benefits . . . we’ve all had ‘em. Here’s how to pick one out in a crowd.

JUST FRIENDS |
By Pagan Kennedy, Ms.
How one woman makes a home with a friend rather than a lover.

(print only) IN SEARCH OF MIRACLES | By Ann Hood
Everybody’s looking for a miracle. The trouble is, you may get exactly what you asked for.

New Planet
THE LATE, GREAT OUTDOORS By Keith Goetzman
Artificial environments may make wilderness sports accessible
to everyone, but at what cost?

HOPE FOR BANGLADESH By Craig Cox
A homegrown movement rewrites the rules of Third World development.

HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE YOUR INSURANCE MAY COVER By Andy Steiner
Interested in alternative health care but can’t foot the bill? Osteopathy may be for you.

DISPATCHES: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE PHOTOCOPIED By Chris Dodge
Our report from the third-annual Underground Publishing Conference.

LAND OF THE FREE . . . PARKING By Alan Durning, Elm Street Writers Group
Want to solve the energy crisis? The answer may be as simple as parking meters.

PASSAGES: AVELINE TOMOKO KUSHI (1923-2001) By Eric Utne
A holistic health and natural foods pioneer.

AFRICA-ON-THE-SOUTH-CAROLINA-COAST By John Tibbetts, Coastal Heritage
An African-influenced language and culture fights for its life.

SOAPBOX: ENVIRONMENTAL issue FROM HELL By Bill McKibben, In These Times
Why global warming is our era’s equivalent of civil rights..
Culture Mix
THE news . . . as seen from LAKE WOEBEGON By Karen Olson
The voice of the Prairie sounds off on the media, opera, hamburgers, and George W. Bush.

THE UR LIST By Chris Dodge
From Spielberg to Slacker, 1 BIG Texas films.

CARPE DIEM
Celebrate Fontinalia, the Roman festival of water.

A FAN’S NOTES: FRIEDENSREICH HUNDERTWASSER
By Elizabeth Larsen
A quirky designer who made a masterpiece out of a garbage burner.

THE UTNE WEEDER
Surburban homesteading, spiritual ecology, the Beats

PLAYLIST
Colombia’s rhythm, David Byrne, electronic lounge

STREET LIBRARIAN
By Chris Dodge
The Asian American
press debunks stereotypes.
Gleanings
RIOT—DON’T DIET By Noy Thrupkaew, Sojourner
Eating is the ultimate feminist act. Ladies: fill your plates.

KITCHEN TABLE WISDOM By William R. Stimson, The Sun
I didn’t want it in the first place. Then it was stolen. I bought it back. Now it’s a prized possession.

ALLY MCBEAL MEETS THE COPPERTONE GIRL
By Bailey Doogan, Art Journal
Cute, perky, and pointless, the girls decorating our salt packages and soda bottles need to get real.

SHOCKING CLINTON REVELATION By Beverly Raimondo
Former President Bill Clinton can’t get away with anything. One reader reports from Paris.

GREAT BALLS OF IRE By Michael Callahan, Out
Can a man be both gay and a sports fan?

VIEW FROM LORING PARK: Why Johnny and Jana Can’t Walk to School
By Jay Walljasper

LETTER FROM THE HEARTLAND: Choosing Love Over Fear
By Nina Utne

LETTERS: The Good Life Revisited

LAST CALL Granny D, George Carlin, Lucinda Williams