Author Archives: Steve-O

Huelo Lookout, Road to Hana, Maui

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Haleakalā National Park, Road to Hana, Maui

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The Father of Gospel Music Wanted to Be a Secular Star

By Kathryn Kemp Thomas Dorsey was 33 years old and had a flourishing career in secular music. In the previous 15 years, the Georgia native had moved to Chicago, completed his musical studies while picking up an endless number of side … Continue reading

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U2’s Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists

By Tim Neufeld, @U2 It’s been a long time since a U2 album has had this kind of staying power in my soul. Songs Of Experience taps something primal in me. While I appreciate it as a great collection of … Continue reading

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Robert Williams Lives the Dream as Big Sandy

By Taylor Hamby, OC Weekly “I never imagined in a million years where the music would take me to or the places it did,” confides Robert Williams, dressed to the nines in a crisp, black, 1950s suit with a subtly … Continue reading

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Gospel Americana and That Old-Time Religion

By Easy Ed, No Depression It’s hard to escape the influence that gospel music has had on almost every form of American roots and popular music. It’s always fascinated me that some of the greatest spirituals have been performed by … Continue reading

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Lava in Paradise

More than awestruck with the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island. Anyone who has been to the Big Island knows that volcanos are part of the living arrangement with your surroundings. Nevertheless, the recent earthquakes, lava flow, and toxic gas … Continue reading

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Evangelical group teaches farming, provides hospitality to refugees, and watches local salmon

A Rocha Canada is a Christian community based on a farm in Surrey, British Columbia, that teaches people about the environmental, protects the local watershed, and tries to live in harmony with each other and the land. By Jason Byassee … Continue reading

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Wayfinding Home: Circumnavigating the globe without a compass

By Steve Beard For three years, they were ultimately voyaging back home. Along the way, they circumnavigated the globe – without so much as a compass. The crew of the Hokule’a, a 62-foot-long Polynesian sailing canoe, traversed more than 40,000 … Continue reading

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In Hawaii, being nice is the law

‘Aloha’ is a legal concept that grew out of the necessity for Hawaiians to live in peace and work together, in harmony with the land and their spiritual beliefs. By Brenna Kerr Hawaii now hosts almost nine million visitors a … Continue reading

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