Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Podzinger Podcast Search Engine

Podzinger has come up with a nifty piece of software and a terrific service -- all for free. In essence, the software is able to provide a written text version of an audio or video podcast, assign a time code which synchs the audio/video and the text, and, then, provide a means of tying keyword searches to precise portions of the audio or video in a way that will generate search rusults which will permit one to access the portion of the audio or video that one is interested in without having to listen/watch everything which precedes that portion of the audio or video.

The software/service is not perfect. For example, there is not an exact match between some of the text surrounding the keyword and what is actually on the audio or video. But the matches are good enough to provide one with a fair idea if the indicated segment may be something in which one may be interested in pursuing further.

If the keywords for which one has searched are in a given audio/video podcast, a list of sections of the audio/video will be generated with the keyword highlighted and which, when clicked upon, will take you right to the portion of the audio or video where the keyword appears and play it. If one wishes to subscribe to the podcast, then, one can do this and, if one wishes to download the podcast one can do that as well.

If you would like to try Podzinger out in relation to my podcast, Sufi Reflections, please free to do so by going to:


scroll down the page toward the bottom and enter your keyword search in the Pod Zinger box on the left-hand side. I think you will find it to be a very interesting experience ... both with respect to the Podzinger service as well as in relation to the Podcast itself.

If you wish to broaden your keyword search to any and all podcasts listed with Podzinger, just click on the Podzinger option rather than the Sufi Reflections option. The service is pretty amaZING.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

This week's Sufi Reflection Podcast

Please join us for this week's Sufi Reflections podcast. Included in this week's show, among other things, are poetry, music, Quranic recitation, an essay entitled "Guidance," a teaching story, and a commentary entitled "Fatwa."

If you wish to subscribe to the RSS feed for this podcast, please go to the following page:

or simply use the following xml url to subscribe directly to the podcast (just manually type the url below into whateve podcast-receiving software you're using):

We hope you'll join us!

Friday, March 03, 2006

The Chaco Canyon Tapes Arrives!

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Introducing The Chaco Canyon Tapes: A Journey through the 20th Century
A Spiritual Story for Our Times

by Dr. Bill (Anab) Whitehouse

This book is difficult to categorize. While it has the appearance of a novel, the work is really a series of essays focusing on an array of contemporary issues. In fact, the novel-aspect, itself, constitutes a distributed essay which weaves its way through the different dimensions of the book. Simultaneously, the story-line provides an emotional/creative center of gravity which is intended to help stabilize, as well as lend both a source of coherency and accessibility to, the various topics developed throughout Chaco Canyon.

In its capacity as a novel, the book traces the journey of a psychology professor, David Phelps, who traverses a path from an initial agnosticism, at the story’s inception to a budding acceptance of spiritual possibilities at the story’s

In its capacity as a series of essays, the chapters constitute the experientially-based, contemplative exercises that are shaping and coloring the central figure’s spiritual transformation.

The story ranges across an assortment of kidnapings, murders, mysteries, intrigues, rescues, and relationships. The plot development, characterization, dialog, as well as the dramatic tension and resolution of this story, are employed to induce readers to undertake a quest somewhat similar to that of the main character. However, the reader’s journey need not be so much a matter of following the travels of David Phelps, which extend from agnosticism to belief, as much as it is a journey of opportunity to engage, from a spiritual perspective, a set of important, interrelated issues of our times.

This is not a book of metaphysics, theology, or religious polemic. Rather, it is an invitation to experience, within determinate limits, a certain kind of spiritual orientation and ambience while pushing against problems which frame human existence.

Purpose, identity, meaning, valuation, understanding, justice, freedom, responsibility, potential, commitment, and choice are very much at the heart of Chaco Canyon. This story of spiritual awakening, together with its concomitant
thematic explorations, provide a context for reflecting on matters of fundamental concern to all of us.

- If you are not interested in the problem of terrorism, then reading this book would be a mistake of fundamentalist proportions.

- If you are indifferent to Native Peoples, then turn your back on Chaco Canyon.

- If discussions of feminism make your blood boil, then get set for a melt-down if you venture too closely to Chaco Canyon.

- If ecology, economics, or legal philosophy do not hold your attention, then your mind will be wandering throughout this book.

- If you feel you are getting all the ‘facts’ you want concerning the abduction phenomenon from television’s ‘The X-files’, then you only will get alienated by Chaco Canyon.

- If you are put off by twentieth century international relations, then you’ll be positively annoyed with this book.

- If you think that Joseph Campbell’s mythology and Jungian psychology are gifts from the Unconscious, then you would have to be out of your mind to read Chaco Canyon.

- If you are not eager to engage critical reflections on the second Gulf war or Vietnam, then retreat from this book.

- If you fear that mysticism and spirituality are so much pie in the sky, then Chaco Canyon is definitely not the place through which to acquire any food for thought if you are on a mysticism-free diet.

However, if none, or almost none, of the foregoing applies to you, then, perhaps, you should consider reading Chaco Canyon and enjoy nearly 600 pages of conceptual exploration.

To purchase The Chaco Canyon Tapes, please go to the following web page: