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On December 9th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

Today, while watching a barn raising during an episode of Living with the Amish, the British Channel 4 series I’ve blogged about earlier which arranged for six British teenagers to live among the Amish and Mennonites for a summer, (watch it here on: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/living-with-the-amish, I was moved by the simplicity of the message and struck by how many our current problems could be sorted out by some modern form of barn raising. And apparently, according to the reaction of thousands of British viewers, I am not alone.

In this episode, the three British boys join 40 male members of the community to do all the carpentry, while the three girls joined dozens of women in cooking a vast lunch for the 80 neighbors. Within five hours the main body of the barn had been raised, and by sundown, the last nail was put in place. But even more astonishing to the teens was the simple reminder, as the Amish narrator Jonathan puts it, of ‘what can be achieved if we all stand together.’

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On November 25th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

On Thanksgiving evening, while pondering all the things I could be grateful for, I and our family watched the first part of a series called ‘Living with the Amish.’

Britain’s Channel 4 had selected six typical British teens to fly over to the US and live among the Ohio Amish for six weeks last summer. The kids were a sociological pick-‘n’-mix: posh Etonian George, spoiled and pampered party-girl Charlotte, trendy Jordan, who was looking forward to spending time among the ‘minimalist’ Amish, sassy Siana, who has three fashion blogs, and James, who’d lived in foster care and hostels ever since his mother had been put away for arson.

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On November 18th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

During my Bond Tour, I have been continuously asked by radio show hosts, but what about the rights of the individual?  What about enlightened self-interest as the chief driving force of business, education, sport - everything? Aren’t all better mousetraps the result of pushing ourselves as individuals?  How will we ever achieve anything significant – or win at anything - if we don’t focus on number 1?

 

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On November 11th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

Today is 11-11-11, which is being talked up as some sort of portal to a new world, so I began assembling this blog at 11 am, just to keep in the spirit of things.

 

Actually I am asked, quite frequently, about evolution, and how I think it is going to go down. Are moments like 11-11-11 some sort of ‘sign’ of new consciousness that will suddenly envelop us like fairy dust and signal the start of the realm of the good and the true?

 

To that I have one stock answer. It’s going to start small and grow big, and it’s going to take a lot of conscious hard work.

 

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On November 4th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

I left America for England in 1980 to research a book about Kathleen Kennedy. Immediately I fell in love with London, and not long after fell in love, and as I got further and further entangled with the place – first with husband, then house and children, business and pets - I basically never came home.

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On October 27th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

I am back from whizzing around America once again, and in every city I visited, there was an Occupy encampment.  As the movement gathers steam worldwide, I am amused by how much the press has really missed the point of what is actually happening and what this reflects about our current society.

 

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On October 14th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

Every day, it seems, I’m being asked to be part of something evolutionary.  Evolutionary groups and committees. Evolutionary teleseminars and meetings.  Evolutionary leaps. New paradigm this, new paradigm that. Co-creation. Emergent. 2012. End of the world. Beginning of the world.  

I’m more than happy to join in the fray largely because I live in hope that we’ll eventually fumble our way through to something new.  But what has saddened me about most things evolutionary is that, in the main, much of what passes for efforts to create supposedly new prescriptions for living are being unconsciously assembled with a very old set of tools. 

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On October 10th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

The people of America, at long last, have had enough of unfairness. From Wall Street to Main Street, they have taken to the streets. Teachers, soldiers, postal workers – all those in the core traditional jobs of American public sector – are suffering huge layoffs and now ready to join the millions of people now out of work and living without health insurance or the likely prospect of another job.

 

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On September 30th, 2011 by Lynne McTaggart

I have sad personal news to report – the death of our family’s beloved pet, Ollie.  In early September, Ollie suffered from congestive heart failure.  After a week spent in doggie intensive care and then several weeks more back and forth from our vet, he finally lost the fight a week ago and passed on.  

Ollie’s extremely non-competitive behaviour in part, inspired me to write The Bond. I thought of him in relation to some new evidence I just discovered about why we are kind to each other.

Ollie was a small, tri-colored Cavalier King Charles spaniel and, characteristic of the breed which was bred by royal decree, he was born with a peculiar sense of regal entitlement and a permanent look of disdain. Ollie belonged in a Peanuts cartoon, the curmudgeonly dog whose thought balloon, like Snoopy’s, continuously registered his exasperation at his clueless owners.

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