The Joy of a Long Love

December 21, 2018 is our 50th wedding anniversary. We got married during a snow storm in Buffalo, New York at 7pm in the evening. The church was filled with candlelight and poinsettias. My uncle played the organ, my sister-in-law sang and the minister learned Hebrew prayers for our combined Jewish […]

Wait For Her

Wait for her with an azure cup. Wait for her in the evening at the spring, among perfumed roses. Wait for her with the patience of a horse trained for mountains. Wait for her with the distinctive, aesthetic taste of a prince. Wait for her with seven pillows […]

Jeff O’Driscoll: I Saw God

Excellence Reporter: Dr. O’Driscoll, what is the meaning of life? Jeff O’Driscoll: In life, and particularly as an emergency physician, I’ve learned that every scrap of human experience has value. Every shred of every encounter with every soul teaches me something. Each interaction yields an opportunity to connect […]

Talks With Siberian Shamans

Photographer Alina Desyatnichenko went to the most magical land of Russia — the Baikal region — and took short interviews from the local shamans on their initiation into shamanism To understand the spirituality of the Baikal Buryats is not just difficult, but very difficult. The dominant official religions […]

Siberian Shaman Gives Interview

Interview with the Siberian shaman Alya, who wished to stay anonymous. Filmed by the TV Channel Russia-Culture in cooperation with Ethno Taiga. Translated into English by ©Excellence Reporter.   Q: There are shamans in Siberia. But who are they? Probably people don’t know much about them, and what […]