A Fistful of Stars; Communing with the Cosmos.

Author:Morris, Kristine
Position:Brief article - Book review

Gail Collins-Ranadive and Milt Hetrick (contributor); A FISTFUL OF STARS; Little Bound Books (Nonfiction: Body, Mind & Spirit) 12.95 ISBN: 9781947003972

Byline: Kristine Morris

In the center of each cottonwood twig there is a perfect five-pointed star, a reminder that everything is made of "star stuff," including ourselves. Gail Collins-Ranadive, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace worker, shares her musings on the place and purpose of humans in this dynamic, expanding universe. The wisdom of mystics, she writes, is increasingly seen to merge with the startling revelations of quantum physics.

"Now we are in the liminal space between stories," she writes. "While this can be disorienting and distressful, it can also be a deeply creative place." It's also a dangerous place, its beauty distorted by greed and a ruthless lust for power, but apparently it hasn't always been this way. Collins-Ranadive notes that, for prehistoric cultures, cooperation, not competition, was the norm. Even in nature, thriving ecosystems have more do with cooperation than was previously thought.

In this light, Collins-Ranadive's...

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