Aeroflot is offering some unusual bargains this fall. A check on Travelocity shows that for Oct. 11, a one way flight from JFK to Tashkent, Uzbekistan costs only $416, less than half the price of the next cheapest fare. You can go all the way to Irkutsk in Siberia for just $715 that same day on Aeroflot, almost $2000 cheapest than the next lowest fare.
This is part of the Holocaust Memorial in Odessa, Ukraine. Prior to World War I, Odessa was considered the land of milk and honey for Jews. It had more Jews than any city except for New York and Warsaw, and 70 synagogues.
As in Russia, there are a lot of stray cats and dogs in Ukraine. This little cat was hiding in the shade trying to escape the heat in Sebastopol. I wondered whether it would be interested in the remains of my ice cream cone, and as you see the answer was yes.
Even bloggers must rest--Happy Labour Day everyone. I was going to post a picture here of a dog chilling in a fountain, but it has disappeared somewhere on my computer.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, pictured in an earlier blog post wearing a Japanese robe, spoke at the IAAP Congress about circles with a spiritual center, with particular reference to the consciousness-raising circles of the 1970s that led to the women's movement. Bolen, who has written 11 books in addition to practicing as a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, is a feminist and activist.
Christine Connidis, a Jungian analyst and lawyer based in Toronto, presented a paper at the recent IAAP Congress on Project Implicit (http://implicit.harvard.edu,) a research study funded by Harvard and two other American universities. It has shown that most people have unconscious biases, even if they think they don't.
Gretchen Heyer, a Jungian analyst who works in Houston, spoke at the IAAP Congress about her work with several men from tradtiional Middle Eastern cultures. Jung put great emphasis on each person's need to develop an individual relationship to the numinous or the Self, a process he called individuation. Traditional cultures like those of the Muslim Middle East, however, stress the need for the individual to fit into the traditional culture and traditional family structure. For immigrants to North America from these cultures, there can be great tension between the demands of their family culture and those of their new homeland.