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October 2015

Episode 4: A Monk in Venice

Andy Puddicombe left college at 22 and spent a decade tramping the world before returning to the UK and landing, eventually, in Los Angeles. He’s lived in so many countries that he has trouble recalling them on demand. How did his travels, and his training in Buddhism, alter the way he thought about home?

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Photo courtesy Andy Puddicombe,

This week on HOME: The winding road that led an ex-monk from Bristol to Venice Beach.

Music, once again this week, by the prolific and generous Podington Bear:

Here’s an article I wrote on Headspace, the Web-and-app-based meditation platform founded by Andy and Rich Pierson, for Fast Company. For more information, visit

Episode 3: One Man’s Town

IMG_1238This week it’s a story about Amboy, CA, a ghost town 30 miles from anywhere on the old Route 66, and the chicken magnate who’s spent a fortune trying to keep it from collapsing into the desert sand. Can Albert Okura really hold back both history and nature?

Read more about Amboy here and here. You can find a video about Albert, his right-hand man Charlie and the town here.

All the music in this episode is by the wonderful Podington Bear, a/k/a Chad Crouch of Portland, Oregon. Crouch has composed and performed hundreds of instrumental tracks that he distributes freely for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. You can license his work for commercial use here, or buy his recordings here.  The tracks used in this episode are:

Thanks to Albert Okura and Charlie Aceves.

Albert Okura (left) and Charlie Aceves: Amboy, August 2015

Albert Okura (left) and Charlie Aceves: Amboy, August 2015

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