“All of us, whether or not we are warriors, have a cubic centimeter of chance that pops out in front of our eyes from time to time. The difference between an average man and a warrior is that the warrior is aware of this, and one of his tasks is to be alert, deliberately waiting, so that when his cubic centimeter pops out he has the necessary speed, the prowess, to pick it up.”—Carlos Castaneda
When you wake up at 1AM everything is surreal and emotional. There’s a Woody Allen movie playing and making me feel things, Jean-Luc Godard is missing (actually I think he is hiding), I have heartburn, I went from being flat broke to having a lot of money thanks to the state of New York. OVERLOAD.
You should all see Winter’s Bone. It is hands down one of the top 10 best acted films I’ve ever seen and it’s all unknowns who look like they got hired off a trailer park. It’s a completely depressing and thrilling crime noir set in the Ozarks. It has the same plot as a dime-a-dozen New Jersey mafia films but it’s actually exciting. I kept thinking Jennifer Lawrence is the new Meryl Streep. And it’s directed by a woman. SO GOOD.
"Mindfulness, she tells the medical school audience, is the process of actively noticing new things, relinquishing preconceived mindsets, and then acting on the new observations. Much of the time, she says, our behavior is mindless. She recounts one of her favorite anecdotes: ‘I once went to make a purchase and I gave [the cashier] my credit card and she saw it wasn’t signed.’ The cashier asked Langer to sign it, which she did, and the cashier then ran it through the machine. When the receipt was generated, she asked Langer to sign that as well. With the newly signed card in one hand, and the receipt in the other, ‘[the cashier] then compared the two signatures,’ Langer says, with deadpan delivery. She nods, as if counting beats, waiting for the audience to catch up. A moment later, the room rumbles with laughter. Mindlessness blinds us to new possibilities, says Langer, and that is what drove her to study its flip side. Often, researchers in psychology describe what is, she explains. 'But knowing what is and what can be are not the same things.'”
“A family in my sister’s neighborhood was recently stricken with a double tragedy, when both the young mother and her three-year-old son were diagnosed with cancer. When Catherine told me about this, I could only say, shocked, “Dear God, that family needs grace.” She replied firmly, “That family needs casseroles,” and then proceeded to organize the entire neighborhood into bringing that family dinner, in shifts, every single night, for an entire year. I do not know if my sister fully recognizes that this is grace.”—
What do we owe to each other, really? Are we wasting our energy on petty responsibilities and courtesies that society says we owe each other when in fact there is more deep and pressing, sacrificial work to do we should save our efforts for?
It seems like every year there’s some kind of national outbreak of contaminated food. This is one of the many problems with having our food mass-produced in one place. Now most of the country is worried that they may have eggs from this one factory in Iowa that has recalled their eggs due to a…
i had intense financial issues hanging over my head, was broke as a bottle in a gang fight, was battling the flu, and i was gonna give up music. but i met an australian named emma and her cellist friend anita who inspired me into giving it a try for one more week while they were in town. so one night i put on a black dress, drank some strong coffee, and followed a hunch. and everything changed.