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Barney Wallcott / July 01,2020

The #Vanlife Business Is Booming

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The #Vanlife Business Is Booming

 

I do not own a car or a house or even a bicycle. Nor am I prone to following Instagram trends. Yet for weeks I have had an obsession: getting rid of all my possessions, breaking the apartment lease, and moving with my dog and my girlfriend into a tricked-out van.

The things I would do in a van! Coronavirus would be just a faint memory in a van on the open road.

As with most strange impulses that feel unique, this quirky-seeming urge is anything but. The #vanlife business is booming.

Dozens of new companies are popping up to rent or sell retrofitted sleeper vans, some now with yearlong wait-lists. Apps are surfacing to help these van dwellers find legal parking. Big R.V. park conglomerates, whose stocks have soared, are starting to eye the new interest and figure out ways to capitalize. And advocates for the rights of the homeless, who often end up living in cars out of need, are seeing potential new allies among the new professional class of car campers.

The last few months have felt chaotic, and the van living sell is that there can be stability in constant motion. “What we say is: We build your escape,” said Leland Gilmore, the founder of Benchmark Vehicles, which makes custom vans. “These are little escape vessels, escape pods.”

Barney Wallcott / June 05,2020

Our new organ donor law is so essential, KATIE HIND argues in a moving story about her father

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Our new organ donor law is so essential, KATIE HIND argues in a moving story about her father

Flanked by two nurses in uniform, and still in his backless NHS hospital gown, my 66-year-old father, Don, takes a few tentative steps.
He pauses, steadying himself, using his IV drip stand for balance, and then takes a few more – slightly more assured – paces. There are tears in my eyes.
My big, strong dad, who ran marathons and played football… the man who’d always looked after me, who I’d always turned to in a crisis, who’d picked me up and wiped away my tears all of my life, suddenly so vulnerable.
But that’s not why I’m crying. I’m crying because those small, fragile steps represent something seismic. For they’re the first steps he has taken with his new heart – the result of a transplant operation we had, for almost two years, prayed for, but feared might never happen. 
If it hadn’t happened, we had been told he could have just a few months left.

Our new organ donor law is so essential, KATIE HIND argues in a moving story about her father
LIFE-SAVING OPERATION: Katie Hind’s father Don with granddaughters Olivia, eight, and Ottie, two, at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Barney Wallcott / June 05,2020

The 4 Laws of Spirituality in Hindu Philosophy

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The 4 Laws of Spirituality in Hindu Philosophy

The 4 Laws of Spirituality in Hindu Philosophy
The first thing we must be clear that spirituality goes beyond and above the material and the earthly. It is not a religion or a doctrine. Spirituality is taking care and pampering our inner self, letting our hearts jump over the abysses that our mind can create, and humbly cultivating our values. In this article, we will mention the four laws of spirituality in Hindu philosophy.
1.- The people who come into your life are always the right people
This first law makes us understand and teaches us that no one comes into our life by chance. Everyone around us is there for something, even toxic people. In each exchange and each moment, they all are contributing something. We live in a world with shades of gray.
It is important to know that not all of us are just students or just teachers; each of us contributes something to other people’s lives and vice versa. Either positively or negatively. However, people are always lanterns in the dark.
That is why there are people more representative of our lives than others, but all, without exception, have something to tell us. For this reason, over time we come to thank the stones of our path, such as someone complicating our existence at a given moment or those who faithfully supported us.

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