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Chromoluminarism

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Thursday I went to see the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George. Sadly it closed this weekend, but if you ever get the chance to see a production, you should seize the opportunity. It really […]

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Help Choose My Next Tattoo!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Fun weekend. A little birthday party (guess my age), a little rearranging of my apartment, and a lot of mindful dancing that shook the building to its centuries-old foundations. The activism meeting today was great, and the Back To the […]

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Hey plastic bag monster: What about trash bags?

posted by cassmaster

Leah Ingram has a great post up on her blog today discussing the merits of biodegradable trash bags. Do they work? Are they worth it? A quick check of Amazon.com tells me they cost around 50 cents a bag, compared […]

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The Bag Monster Says…

posted by Stillman Brown

…show up to the ID Project’s Integral Activism meeting on Sunday June 29 at the Lila center! Our current project is to reduce and, eventually, ban plastic bag usage in New York City. It’s ambitious and complex, and we need […]

Teachers as Compassionate Warriors

posted by Emily Herzlin

Speaking of self anger. I had a very profound moment last week. The fact of whether or not it was justified is irrelevant; it was there. And it totally, and I mean TOTALLY sucked. Based on this I would recommend […]

Why I Don’t Like Dharma Books

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, so we had a great and groovy day-long meditation retreat at the I.D. Project with almost 40 brave and intrepid souls on Saturday. If anyone has nothing to do July 11-18, and wants to come with me to […]

Yamamara and the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

posted by Ellen Scordato

# 1 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is an extraordinarily goofy 1978 satire of cheesy horror movies — yet in itself it is an incredibly cheesy horror movie. And the tomatoes are not scary. At all. # 2 As discussed […]

Why Meditate?

posted by Stillman Brown

Here’s one reason: Daniel Goldman, author of Emotional Intelligence, giving a TED talk about compassion. He says: “Why don’t we [help others]? I think this speaks to a spectrum that goes from complete self-absorption to noticing, to empathy, and to […]

Happy first day of summer!

posted by cassmaster

If you find yourself strangely sad, with inexplicable urges to overeat and overspend, it might be the fear of death that’s getting you down. According to a study publicized a few weeks ago in the New Scientist, “research demonstrates that […]

New York in Black & White

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown only has time for a short post today. Hi all, follow the link for some wonderful photographs of New York as far back as 1885. I’ve always been captivated by the look and concept of New York as […]

Happy Juneteenth, everyone

posted by cassmaster

Here’s your daily lesson in U.S. history: On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas declared an end to the Civil War and read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. “Juneteenth” has come […]

A Tony Award for Keith Olbermann

posted by Emily Herzlin

I have a new crush (giggle). It’s always so exciting, at the beginning, when the other person can do no wrong. When everything they say is music to your ears. Sigh. Cue violins and chirping birds. Okay, maybe I’m not […]

I’m Voting Republican

posted by Stillman Brown

Ethan’s find last week was better, but this is still pretty funny:

Being Indy, Being (Dis)Empowered

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey guys, since my last post on politics, identity, and identity politics stirred the pot a bit, I thought I’d stay in a similar vein. A few disclaimers: there is no Sex and the City, no Super Mario Bros., and […]

Dharma Regis

posted by streetlegalplay

Hi all, I had to share this…my boy Dharma Mittra was on Regis and Kelly for a pose-off. Strange world we live in….but…go Dharma.

Mingyur Rinpoche’s “Science of Happiness:” Buddhism, brain scans, and quantum physics collide

posted by cassmaster

The paperback edition of Mingyur Rinpoche’s The Joy of Living (Three Rivers Press, just released) is about to hit the NY Times bestseller list at #12, and everyone at my office is super excited (and conditionally happy). What better book […]

Idle is the New Ambitious

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown is a Senior Fellow at the Ida May Gurkis Institute for Idleness. He has not published since 1983. For graduation last year I was given Tom Hodgkinson’s How to Be Idle, a somewhat-revolutionary, pseudo-intellectual, rather-Marxist treatise on idling, […]

A Lump of Coal – Thursday Eco Roundup

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, it’s your resident eco-friendly Lesbro here. Had to post this today because it is AWESOME: How are everyone’s preparations for July’s Low-Impact Consumption Month going? We are challenging you not to accept a single plastic bag from a […]

For All You Scrabble Lovers…

posted by eva

cassmaster P says: I have never liked playing Scrabble. Recently, someone I care about asked, “But why do you hate it so much? You should like it, you’re a writer.” And I couldn’t articulate exactly what it is about the […]

Dharma in the Dirt

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman here. In case you haven’t already seen it (and I assume many of you have), the New York Times had a wonderful story about gardener and Buddhist practitioner Wendy Johnson a while back. A bit: It is a cliché […]

the line between “bad” and “bad for us”

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay. I may get voted off the One City Blog for this one, but that’s a chance I have to take. There’s been a lot of Sex and the City talk on this blog lately, and I hope you don’t […]

I am a LesBro, and Other Thoughts on Feminism

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Who’s the real feminist above? (hint: Maybe it’s not the ladies) The dynamic ID Project duo of Cassie and Cassie told me that I was a LesBro last week (Definition here at Urban Dictionary). They meant it as a deep […]

Buddhist art – compare and contrast

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddhist art: where to see it. 1. My husband and I go to the Rubin Museum of Himalyan Art pretty frequently. It’s free on Friday nights, has a  nice vibe, and features good films in its theatre and cool music […]

Novel concepts in book promotion: BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS

posted by cassmaster

When a Justin Taylor first gave me one of Tao Lin‘s promotional stickers for his new book of poetry, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (out now with Melville House Press), my first reaction, after laughing, was to stop hating Tao so much. […]

repetition and change

posted by sarahnyc

I am running late, and therefore rushing when I arrive at the retirement home for my first appointment of the day. As I step into the building, I automatically slow down in response to the atmosphere. I work in Alzheimer’s […]

Buddhism Undercover

posted by Stillman Brown

Rumors are circulating on the Hill today that Stillman Brown has privately urged Hillary Clinton to drop out before August. I became good friends with my freshman-year college roommate, Matt M. He was a south Floridian and perpetually a little […]

so long nyu

posted by Emily Herzlin

I step out of the shower and onto the robin’s egg blue bathmat. I curl my toes in and try to stand on the outside of the soles my feet so that only the smallest surface area touches the mysteriously […]

Conscious Hip-Hop and the Coemergent Ego

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So last year I downloaded an album made by a new live-band, Denver based conscious hip-hop group called Flobots which features MC Jonny Five, aka Jamie Laurie, who I went to college with. I didn’t know Jamie well, but I […]

Burma, Dior, and Karma – are we ever gonna get it?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Karma – a pretty ubiquitous term these days. As fellow blogger and IDP Exec. Dir. Ethan notes, “karma” jars for tips appear at every urban snackery and coffee shop, and karma is invoked to explain everything from a stubbed toe […]

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Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
This week I'm curating a guest post from Jonathan Mead, a friend who inspires by living life on his own terms and sharing what he can with others.  To quote from Jonathan's own site, Illuminated Mind: "The reason for everything: To create a ...

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