Vegetarian Ideal

Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth
as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.
- Albert Einstein

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. - Howard Zinn


Affirmation of life is the spiritual act by which man ceases to live thoughtlessly and begins to devote himself to his life
with reverence in order to give it true value.
— Albert Schweitzer


Serenity Parayer Adapted for ADD

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; 

The insight to prioritize wisely what I want to change; 

The patience to resist trying to control everything I could, had I the energy and time; 

The courage and skill to change the things I have chosen to change; 

And the wisdom to know the differences among all these.

- Dr. Edward Hallowell   

Build new habits

Healthy Lifestyle:

The best way to build a habit is consistency, so think "same place, same time"  and try to stick with it.

Be flexible, sometimes you may have to change it up. Return to your schedule when convenient. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.
-- Aristotle


Buddhists call the "self" an illusion. This article makes it comprehensible and useful.

People struggle w the fact Buddhists call the "self" an illusion. This article makes it comprehensible and useful.


The Inklings

The Inklings


Quotes from C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, & Charles Williams — everyday.
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Short cuts make long delays Tolkien
Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them. CSLewis
 All conscious nature has experiences of pleasure and pain. Owen Barfield
Is there any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire? CS Lewis

In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give. CS Lewis

 Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties. CS Lewis

The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can. Tolkien

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. CS Lewis
Morality exists to be transcended. We act from duty in the hope that someday we shall do the same acts freely and delightfully. CS Lewis

The obvious is the hardest thing of all to point out to anyone who has genuinely lost sight of it. Owen Barfield

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens. J.R.R. Tolkien

 If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. Tolkien

A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.


Pollution can look like art

<p>10/28/2005<br />
Hydro-seeding. Grass being planted on a covered mountaintop removal mining site around Kayford Mountain, West Virginia. The forested mountains, valleys, and streams that once stood here are now buried beneath the overburden from mountaintop removal coal mining. It is leveled and then sprayed with a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer. This satisfies the EPA regulations on mitigation. Credit: SouthWings</p>

These Photos Make Deadly Industrial Pollution Look Eerily Beautiful

J. Henry Fair's work documents industrial production from above. It's a sobering look at how much we're altering the environment.

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Shot from above, a photograph of a waste pond at a bauxite mine in Louisiana—part of the process that makes aluminum for soda cans or laptops—looks like an abstract painting. The vivid colors of the sludge come from heavy metals that run the risk of leaking into nearby waterways over time.

"I'm hoping that the pictures will make people stop and ask a question: What is that?" says photographer J. Henry Fair, who has been documenting industrial production in aerial photos for two decades. "If I create this abstract expressionist image, which is arresting, then I can hopefully make people consider it."

Fair thinks that art might be a way to reach those who tune out standard coverage of environmental issues.

"We're in a period in the history of the U.S. in which dialogue has failed," he says. "People shout at each other across the aisle and we see reinforcement of extreme viewpoints instead of a coming together. I feel that art can transcend that failed dialogue."

With each image shared in his new book, Industrial Scars, Fair includes data about the processes he documents, explaining how oil is excavated from tar sands in Canada, or how copper is treated at a massive mine in New Mexico.
10/22/2010. Bauxite waste from aluminum production. Darrow, Louisiana. The tremendous volume of waste produced has a very high pH and often contains significant amounts of heavy metal contamination, and is usually stored in large impoundments near the refinery where it can dry and be spread as dust by the wind. [Photo: J. Henry Fair/SouthWings]

At a coal plant near his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, he documented the coal ash that has contaminated local drinking water with arsenic and mercury. (The plant was since closed, though the pollution remains.)

Though the coal plant was also a contributor to climate change, he thinks it's more useful to start by talking about something like drinking water. "Sometimes I talk about things that we all know about and can concur on, for instance, mercury in our fish," he says. "We all know that's bad. And the fact that we can't eat the fish or drink the water, well, I think we can generally agree that that's a bad thing."

His hope is that the photos can prompt viewers to think about the long chain of effects caused by consumption, whether they're buying a new smartphone or a roll of recycled toilet paper.

"The message of these pictures is that possibly the greatest impact we can have has to do with how we spend our dollars," he says. "If we buy a roll of toilet paper made from post-consumer material, we're supporting a product stream that will save habitat. By saving habitat, we're actually saving ourselves."

[Photos: J. Henry Fair. Flights: SouthWings, LightHawk]

  ©Robert Doisneau -L'informazione scolastica Parigi , 1956

“He who asks timidly, teaches others to refuse”. qui timide rogat, docet negare #Seneca
 Give me the strength to embrace "Change and Love"
"O Lord that lends me life Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!


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The Book of Virtues

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The Book of Virtues 

by William J. Bennett

Self Discipline, Loyalty, Work, Responsibility. Courage. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. Perseverance. Faith. Everyone recognizes these traits as essentials of good character. 

In order for our children to develop such traits, we have to offer them examples of good and bad, right and wrong. And the best places to find them are in great works of literature and exemplary stories from history.

William J. Bennett has collected hundreds of stories in The Book of Virtues, an instructive and inspiring anthology that will help children understand and develop character -- and help adults teach them.

From the Bible to American history, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy tales to modern fiction, these stories are a rich mine of moral literacy, a reliable moral reference point that will help anchor our children and ourselves in our culture, our history, and our traditions -- the sources of the ideals by which we wish to live our lives.

Complete with instructive introductions and notes, The Book of Virtues is a book the whole family can read and enjoy -- and learn from -- together.


Adapting to Change

Our actions may be impeded… but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting.” Marcus Aurelius


Janis Ian, Society's Child, at the 92nd Street Y


Ian is a Grammy-award winning songwriter, singer, musician and
columnist. She had a highly successful singing career in the 1960s and
70s, and has continued recording into the 21st century. Her hits include
"Societys Child" and "Seventeen." She is the author of the recent
memoir Societys Child: My Autobiography.

Anthony DeCurtis is a
contributing editor at Rolling Stone. His essay accompanying the Eric
Clapton box set, Crossroads, won a Grammy in the Best Album Notes
category. He is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life
and Work.

This was recorded May 4, 2009 at the 92nd Street Y.

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Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?

Published on Apr 16, 2012
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary
(and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus:
actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we
take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer
cowboys and more pit crews.