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The morning of June 25 was an exciting one to drive into San Francisco. It had been planned that I would interview David Best, the international builder of temples, after the inauguration of his latest in Hayes Valley. But who could have anticipated that the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality would have come down that same morning? Beyond the crisp summer sun and blue skies, the atmosphere felt kissed by the blessings of the fruits of a long-fought struggle. This issue pays special tribute to David, the temples of Burning Man, and the marriage equality ruling.

You can read an excerpt of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the majority in this issue. If you’re like me, you might just weep at the beauty of the language and the immensity of the decision.

David’s is a fascinating interview. He grew up in the Outer Mission in the ’40s and ’50s amid the emerging gang scene there. He found art as an escape from violence and hung out with other eccentrics such as Jerry Garcia and David Albin at a time when postwar mainstream conformity was the norm. He’s most known for building the temples at Burning Man, which have become a pivotal part of the festival. Equally in this issue, we preview the theme and art for Burning Man 2015: Carnival of Mirrors. This all looks very promising. Hope to see you at the playa at the end of August.

We’re grateful to all the contributors who have made this issue terrific. Thank you, Tori Degen, for her article about WWOOF—spend your summer on a farm. Annie Bond shows us the smart way to have an eco-summer picnic, while Bruce Davis reminds us of the importance of silence on a summer retreat.

James Connor provides us with a funny look at how to develop our yogic superpowers while Simone de Winter advises on the importance of observing specific Ayurvedic health principles. Thank you, Julia Szabo, for your advice on being your dog’s best friend. Ditto to Glenn Aparicio Parry for his pithy essay on the deeper wisdom of recycling.

For anyone who is a parent (or was ever parented), I think you’ll be fascinated by my interview with Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie attended Stanford and Harvard Law and was dean of freshman at Stanford for over a decade before writing her scathing book about the perils of over-parenting. She knows we mean well, but according to Julie, the helicopter parents who enable their kids are doing them a massive injustice by not letting them learn on their own.

Our next issue celebrates September as National Yoga Month. In the meantime we look forward seeing you at host of upcoming events including the openings of Dying to Know, Gay Dillingham’s movie about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass. Wanderlust is annual fun up in Tahoe. We look forward to seeing Russill Paul, who will be a radical juxtaposition from Outside Land. Then off to the playa at the end of the month.

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In honor of equality,
Rob Sidon, Publisher/Editor in Chief