"Freedom is a privilege, enjoy it." ~A. Najwa
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.
I honor the place in you where,
if you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
there is only one of us.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Source: GOOD infographics
It's summer, and you may be seeing more people out on the street walking and biking. But it's not just because the weather is nice. There are more people walking and biking year round, and the Department of Transportation is responding by dramatically increasing the amount of money spent on projects for pedestrians and cyclists. This is a look at the rise of foot-powered travel in America.
SOURCE: Department of Transportation
A collaboration between GOOD and Part & Parcel.
Photo Essay: Exploring Sewers, Utility Tunnels, and Catacombs Around the World (Part 2)
11. Paris Catacombs
A self-portrait while exploring the ossuaries of the Paris Catacomb
12. Knickerbocker Sewer, NYC
One of the largest sewers in the world when it was built in the 1880s, this one runs underneath Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
13. Salle Egyptienne, Paris Catacombs
Perhaps the most beautiful of all the -decorated spaces in the underground complex.
14. Old Croton Aqueduct, NYC
New York’s first water supply tunnel, now unused except by the roots of many trees.
15. Tyburn River sewer, London
The Tyburn River was an important waterway from the beginning of London’s history, originally flowing into the Thames by Westminster Chapel.
16. Utility tunnels, St. Paul, MN An incredible labyrinth of tunnels extends underneath St. Paul.
The Park River is the largest urban underground river I’ve been in, and the only one I’ve been able to canoe through.
The view from the abandoned smallpox hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York.
19. Sewer, Rome
Rome’s sewer system still includes sections of the old Cloaca Maxima from the days of ancient Rome, a sewer now more than 2,000 years old.
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Friday, February 18, 2011
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the hell with sugar and spice.” -Bethany Hamilton
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
"Our deepest calling is to grow into our own authentic self-hood, whether or not it conforms to some image of who we ought to be. As we do so, we will not only find the joy that every human being seeks--we will also find our path of authentic service in the world." — Parker J. Palmer
Timothy Leary said, “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” But how can women ever truly have it all? Is the idea of "having it all" a construct we use to compare ourselves that deprives us of our own happiness?
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." -Einstein
My experiments with nutritional cognitive behavior reconditioning are primarily based upon an experiment I read in Amit & Maggi Goswami's book Quantum Creativity: Waking Up to Our Creative Potential about dolphins and the use of reward theory to train these mammals to not only learn new tricks, but to also create incentives for these creatures to adapt new tricks using their own creativity to gain these rewards. It's a heady read, but definitely recommend for anyone looking to broaden their skills and creative outlets.
Monday, February 14, 2011
How are YOU contributing to an experience of LOVE in the world today?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
After spending the first few minutes of my morning sucking the crumbs out of the wrapper, it appears to me that I should have left them in the oven longer. They turned out to be a cross between red velvet cake and chocolate molten cake --or what I like to call "a little piece of heaven." I think they make movies about food like this.
1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
1/3 cup of safflower oil
1 1/4 cup water
3 tbsp of milled flax seed
+ an additional 9tbsp of water
1 insulin shot
1 container tofutti better than cream cheese
smart balance light (the vegan one)
confectioners sugar to taste
Preheat oven to 350. To prepare the egg substitute, combine the flax & 9 tbsp of water and let sit until flax soaks a bit of the water in. But don't worry if it all doesn't look like oatmeal; just go on ahead and follow the rest of the directions on the Duncan Hines box. Whip with a fork and then a flat spatula until you get a nice silky smooth consistency.
Whip tofutti & smart balance with a fork until light & fluffy. Add confectioner's sugar slowly until you get the amount of sweetness you desire. I went for an amount that was light but rich.
The topper was made from crushed ginger bread graham crackers that I had left over from Christmas.
I also do this thing where I apply a thin layer of frosting over the cupcakes and set them back in the oven just long enough for the frosting to sink into the cake. Then I go back over it with the rest of the frosting and add a garnish.
It gives the cupcakes less of that commercial quality but makes them appear to be more rustic. And the flavor of the butter cream icing saturates the cupcake more without overwhelming the dish.
These seem to be a great way to beat the winter blues. The safflower & flax act as serotonin boosters. They were such a hit this term that for a couple of days I was getting stalked by my friends for my "magic cupcake recipe." I'm considering featuring them in a bake sale to raise money for a summer study abroad trip.
“If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out” ~Timothy Leary
For more information about serotonin in food, click here:
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
First Listen: Adele, '21'
by FRANNIE KELLEY
February 6, 2011
Adele is a 22-year-old woman from London whose voice sounds as if it's being yanked out of her chest through the throat of someone much older; someone shouldering more painful stories and a far larger chest cavity. She says that both of her albums — 2008's 19, for which she won Best New Artist at the Grammys, and this one, 21 — are about boys, two different ones. The stories she tells about them are average, familiar, normal. The voice she uses to tell them is a force of nature. It's brawny, syrupy and flashy at the same time.
What she says on record about these boys, and about what it's been like to break up with them, isn't any different from what many other singers and songwriters have said about other boys. But I believe what she's singing. In her songs, Adele says she's heartbroken, trying to convince someone to stay or at least miss her after he's left. She often sounds like she's trying to convince herself that she'll be all right. Most of the time, she sounds like a real, regular person sorting things out.
She sounds like a real person because her voice couldn't have been concocted in a studio. She's one of those singers whose voice is so intrinsic and fluorescent that you can hear the difference between her and regular people while she's making small talk between songs. Her laugh is so hefty and unsettling that you know there's something in her lungs that isn't like something in your lungs.
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Frankly the videos from the following article are the most compelling coverage of of civil unrest I've seen in a while (and I've seen a lot of really touching stuff --it is black history month after all):
Egypt's Mubarak resigns as leader11 February 2011 Last updated at 17:15 ETsource: BBC NewsVice-President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on state television
Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt, after weeks of protest in Cairo and other cities.
The news was greeted with a huge outburst of joy and celebration by thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square - the heart of the demonstrations.
Mr Mubarak ruled for 30 years, suppressing dissent and protest, and jailing opponents.
US President Barack Obama said that Egypt must now move to civilian and democratic rule.
This was not the end but the beginning and there were difficult days ahead, the US president added, but he was confident the people could find the answers.
"The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard," Mr Obama said. "Egypt will never be the same again."
"They have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day."
Continue reading the main story
this is probably the only way you could ever chain me to a cubicle and keep me sane...
brought to you by The Black Art Depot (my new favorite poster store)
A few of my other favorite works include:
I was looking for some good ocarina flute solos and stumbled across folk music from the Andes. I think I'm in love.
it began here:
which was awesome but i had difficulty on my journey. here are some of the other things i discovered along the way:
i didn't dig the vocals as much in this one, but i admittedly got sucked in by the percussion & the theatrics. --well actually the ocarina solo was also really badass.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Senate Bill 6 has drawn passionate debate. Tuesday, a rally in Frankfort drew hundreds of protesters who called the bill racist and costly. The bill would allow police to ask a person's illegal immigration status during a "lawful contact." An immigration lawyer says the bill would create five new criminal laws not seen at the federal level.
But immigration attorney Marilyn Daniel said, "Federal law does not make it a crime to be in the United States without legal status. It is not a crime. What this bill proposes would make it a crime in Kentucky...This is stepping way beyond what federal law does."
Hopkinsville's police chief also spoke Wednesday, saying training departments on how to determine immigration status would be costly. He also worries about jail overcrowding, racial profiling, and alienating witnesses.
excerpt taken from: Fox41.com
“I cannot begin to understand how our legislators thought that a bill as harsh as SB6 was the answer to whatever they perceived our immigration issues to be,” third year law student Sarah Mills said. “This bill will not solve any of our immigration problems. What it will do is cost the tax payers of Kentucky millions of dollars at a time when we absolutely cannot afford it.”
UK Kentuckians for the Commonwealth said in a statement that it “disdains legislation that would fund racial discrimination at the expense of the taxpayer.”
The bill has passed in the Senate and is currently before a House Committee.
One amendment to the bill does, “require an unauthorized alien to have been arrested prior to being turned over to federal authorities,” according to the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.
image source: KFTC
“I think the worst part of the bill is section 8 which makes it a crime to ‘transport’ an undocumented person,” Mills said. “I believe that this section was put in to target their documented family members and charitable organizations. There are no exceptions for school bus drivers, ambulance drivers, church transport, lawyers, no one except police who are transporting them to jail.”
People from all across Kentucky are expected to attend “Stop SB6” Lobby and Rally Day in Frankfort.
excerpt taken from: Kentucky Kernel
Rumor has it from off the record sources that the powers that be don't want to lose "the help" so they were most adamant about keeping the bill from passing. turns out MONEY happens to be the most influential advocate. well in any case, the trouble's over in KY for now.
Mississippi State just ratified an anti immigration law back in Jan.
Mississippi State Senate passed SB 2179, a measure that allows law enforcement officers to check a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop or while enforcing other laws. In doing so the state became the first legislature to make good on its talk of passing a law that mimics Arizona’s SB 1070.
After Arizona, why are 10 states considering immigration bills?
By Daniel B. Wood, Staff writer / May 10, 2010
As a follow up Politico did an article about:
Gov. candidates in 20 states that endorse anti-immigration laws
"BUT EVEN MORE INSPIRING ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES WHO WORK TIRELESSLY TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AMORAL & UNJUST LEGISLATION TO GIVE BACK HUMAN DIGNITY TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE CERTAINLY EARNED THOSE RIGHTS" ~phiG
Of course none of this would be possible without the heartfelt efforts of these guys...