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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sylvia Nasar

Slyvia Nasar
The following animated video presents the history of modern economics - as an introduction to Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius, written by Sylvia Nasar. Do not continue on to another page until you have taken a moment to view this entertaining and educational video. It may give you some insight into where we've been and where we are at present.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


2011 Food and Wine Classic's Best New Chef, Ricardo Zarate, discusses his restaurant, Mo-Chica, and Peruvian food.
We recently ate lunch at Mo-Chica and can easily recommend the Seco De Cordero (lamb shank, canario beans, salsa criolla, cilantero beer sauce) and the Ceviche. Elegant and delicious Peruvian food served without fanfare in a festive space.
Mo-Chica is located in downtown Los Angeles, at 3655 S. Grand Ave. For more information please visit the website.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

di Rosa Event

Art Auction - di Rosa Museum
"Get hip to the coolest art auction ever with fine food, live performances, and premium contemporary art. This swingin' party gets even more wild this year with a silent auction after-party that begins at 7PM."
Artists include Sandow Birk, Brad Brown, Roy de Forest, Manuel, and many more."
October 1, 6PM-9PM: Preview + Artists Party
October 1-14: Advance viewing in the Gatehouse Gallery
October 15: The Tenth Annual Benefit Art Auction
Be there, or be square!

Tar Sands Protest

Photos: Flickrtarsands
Flickr Slideshow
See earlier post: The Caretakers

9/11 Memorial Time Lapse

Time Lapse Video - 9/11 Memorial Construction

Monday, August 22, 2011

Environmental Protesters

These courageous people - 162 of them thus far - a diverse group of activists - have allowed themselves to be arrested in protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which would link the United States into Canadian tar sands. According to climatologist, James Hansen, if we passively allow this to occur, it will mean "game over" for our global climate. It will take us beyond the tipping point and into the morass and there will be no turning back.

More information: Treehugger
Learn more about the protests at Tarsandaction.org

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eckhart Tolle

"All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind." Eckhart Tolle
Earlier, I presented a posting about re-reading books perched upon my bookshelves, including The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
I'm very grateful I chose this book. Each day I practice methods for entering the "now" and this has made an incredible difference in my life. Years ago, I read the book. Now, I practice it.
In the following video, Mr. Tolle speaks about not reacting to the content in life:

Several years ago, Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle presented a series of classes, based upon the book written after The Power of Now, entitled, A New Earth. For more information on this series, please visit Oprah.com (Are You Ready to be Awakened?).
Eckhart Tolle website
Namaste Publishing website

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Northern New Mexico

 ...a unique sense of place
“Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things...”  J. D. Salinger
Photo taken from Mesa House land, Ojo Caliente, NM
I could tell you that Santa Fe was settled by so and so in the year whatever and you would know something, but you wouldn't really know anything about the texture of the place. What of the fresh scent of cedar, or the electric pink of adobe walls as the sun sets, or the exhilaration of high elevations? How could you understand the fiery dry air striking your sinuses. And the blue sky everyone casually mentions, is not this blue. It is a blue so intense, it defies description.

Those who comprehend the magic of this place have the ability to experience and assimilate space. They sense having lived here before and feel at home.
Many years ago, we met a wizened old woman, hiking along one of the many trails close in to  Santa Fe, who shared, "You either get this place, or you don't. There's no gray. Imagine, there are people who don't feel comfortable here. Incomprehensible!"
Unlike the lush redwood groves of Northern California, the geography in New Mexico is exposed and spare. For those who appreciate its elegant beauty, the land is welcoming and revealing. For those who do not, the land is dry, brown and taciturn. It bristles the skin, while shriveling the senses.
Mesa House land
Seasons here are distinctly different than, for example, the mid-western United states. On a summer evening, as the last trace of sunlight radiates  along the horizon, coyotes and other night creatures materialize. The air is cool and may be carried within a breeze that soothes a night's sleep.
During the monsoon season, thunderstorms, beautiful and dangerous, move across the sky, leaving cloud shadows while barely quenching the desert floor with moisture. At other times, rain falls to earth, moving fast in rivulets and streaming through arroyos with little absorption. Wild flowers pierce the earth, creating subtle patterns of color, shape and shadow.
Snow arrives in winter and surprises in May. It layers itself atop mocha-colored adobe walls. Down and heavy cloth coats are removed from storage, along with colorful scarves and sensible boots. Weather changes clothing.

In spring, river valleys display swaths of youthful green foliage, while in fall they are draped with gold and pale yellow, tinged with red. No matter the season, the sky is almost always expansive and spacious; there to entertain us as we quietly sit and watch it shift and dance.
A sense of place.
We perceive this place as unique. It isn’t. However, we have developed an attachment to it -not only because of expansive sky or captivating weather or compelling geography, but because of the meaning we've poured into it. Call it "sacred", if you will. We call it timeless.
When all is said and done, I think we did not choose this place, it chose us.

"The moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine high up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul, and I started to attend. In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the old world gave way to a new." D. H. Lawrence

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

di Rosa Museum

di Rosa Museum
Location: Galleries and Grounds
Saturday August 13 -  6-9 pm
From the di Rosa website:
Join us for an evening of forward-thinking art, food, fun & wine starting with a peek at the exhibition Zombie-Proof House. Enjoy a twilight dinner of artfully prepared food from Le Truc, exotic flavors from Kingdom Cake and delicious wines. Local independent band Deluna jams on the lawn as you search the galleries for clues in our wild scavenger hunt designed by artist Porous Walker! Bring comfortable shoes and warm clothes and cash for the food truck. Members $25 person/ General $45 person. Click here to buy tickets online.
di Rosa Museum website

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

American Painting and the Photograph
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition, now through September 11, 2011

Do Lectures

Every now and then I stumble upon (Stumbleupon) something worth sharing.
I'm still investigating as I write. What is the "Do Lectures"?
In the "about" menu, I found out that this website encourages inspirational people - those who "do" things - to inspire us into also going out and doing things.
These people inspire us, according to the website, to: "...go find your cause to fight, your company to start, your invention to invent, your book to write, your mountain to climb. The one thing the Doers of the world Do, apart from Do amazing things, is to inspire the rest of us to go and Do amazing things too. They are fire-starters."
Co-founded by David and Clare Hieatt, the website features videos of passionate thinkers, authors, business owners, artists, etc., such as Alastair McIntosh, author of "Soil and Soul", Alasdair Harris, founder of Blue Ventures and Alice Taylor, blogger and Channel 4 education commissioner.
Some of the talks, include:
Tim Berners-Lee, "How the World Wide Web just happened"
Steve Glenn, "Let's make sustainable housing for everyone"
Steve Edge, "Why you should have a party everyday"
Ed Stafford, "Why taking risks is important"
Daniel Seddiqui, "Finish what you start"
Alice Holden, "How to get young people to love the land"
While the focus of the website seems to be inside the UK - particularly, Wales - the overall subject matter is universal. Hope you find it as interesting as I DO!
Excuse me - while I explore, further. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Eckhart Tolle

SPACIOUSNESS - The Power of Now
After finishing, Bella Tuscany, by Frances Mayes, my eye caught another book upon my shelf - The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. I am reminded, as I read, of how peaceful one becomes when present.
Each morning, as a result of re-reading this wonderful book, I center myself in the present and go about my day.
More on this book, soon.

In the video below, Mr. Tolle, speaks to an audience about spaciousness and content.
Eckhart Tolle website
Namaste Publishing website
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