Stillman Brown is not impressed with your fireworks. I recently entered a state of amorous crush (crushiness?) and this passage from Pema Chodron’s book The Places That Scare You made me squirm with uncomfortable self-recognition. She is talking about the […]
Sorry to post out of turn, but this was in today’s New York Times: 10 Things to Scratch from your Worry List. “For most of the year, it is the duty of the press to scour the known universe looking […]
From Rafi Santo of the Integral Activism Team: For those that weren’t able to make it to this Sunday’s meeting, we have an incredible opportunity to take action on our Back to the Sack: No More Plastic Bags initiative this […]
This video isn’t new, it’s from about a year ago, but in celebration of having successfully assembled all my new IKEA furniture (which is an adventure in patience and commitment and, well, splinters), I thought I’d post this. Mark Malkoff, […]
This was in the works before Ethan Nichtern’s recent allusion to Proust, but I think it’s an appropriate follow-up. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, dathün is the word for a month-long session of practice in retreat. In the Shambhala community […]
Have you seen Al Gore’s July 17 Speech saying “The Survival of the United States as we know it is at stake?” Also, do you know who Simran Sethi is? The blogosphere has been talking about how this speech has […]
Hi all, Stillman here. My thoughts on last week’s retreat at at Karme Choling will be up early next week. In the meantime, bounce with my mans Bert & Ernie. Word.
At tonight’s ID Project Portland meeting Davee Evans wrapped up his month long series of talks about how our meditation practice influences our consumption choices. During the discussion the inevitable issue of plastic bags came up. We all agreed that […]
Well, as cassmaster said, we’ve been chatting via email about our mutual interest in that thing we’re not supposed to talk about in America: the class system and the myth of meritocracy. So I’ll follow up her post on this […]
Courtesy of Vanity Fair: Not nearly as offensive (no racist stereotypes – they’d have to have McCain in a Klan outfit to even come close), but what do you think?
AKA: How Bedbugs Ruined my Low Impact Consumption Month.
In the course of my graduate work in urban planning, I spent a lot of time analyzing Coney Island and working with the City (the Coney Island Development Corporation) on a comprehensive redevelopment plan for it. I enjoyed it greatly—I […]
Our weeklong meditation retreat went great. Happy to report that Stillman Brown did in fact attain enlightenment Friday morning. He is now accepting disciples via comments to this post (I am his secretary, as his being is now too ethereal […]
Not to sound repetitive, but I’ve been thinking a lot about anger lately. At the retreat last month we talked about feelings of anger towards others. But what about anger that is directed AT us, from someone else other than […]
I watched a 20-minute video today called The Story of Stuff about American consumption habits and how they affect our lives and the world. It’s fast paced, designed to be amusing and easy to digest, and packs a lot of […]
The Williamsburg Hipster. In Buddhist epistemological terms, it’s an example of a “generally characterized phenomena”—a general concept, in other words. And judging by the reactions it provokes in certain quarters of the blogosphere (and elsewhere), for many people it’s a […]
Above is this week’s cover of the New Yorker. This is the worst magazine cover I have seen in my lifetime. They claim it is satire, but I can’t see it. No matter who you want to be president, no […]
Cassie’s post this week has had me thinking a lot about meditating through difficult times… and the guts it takes to blog about it, too. I’m low on sharing vulnerability, but I’m going to take a line from Cassie — […]
Stillman Brown is on vaca-, uh, retreat. Tomorrow I embark upon my first meditation retreat, at Karme Choling in Vermont, with my kid sister and the fearless and jovial Ethan Nichtern. A familiar mixture of anxiety and innocuous, bubbling excitement […]
Sorry for the interruption, but I had to post this. Here’s how our President left the G-8 summit today, according to Telegraph, a UK paper: “The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate […]
I’m very much an enthusiast for localism. Lately I’ve been interested in local book clubs, and thanks in large part to meetup.com I’m now juggling no less than three. In theory, at least. All in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, near my home. […]
SPOILER ALERT!!! I might as well play it safe and let you know ahead of time that there may be some unintentional spoilers in this post. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re concerned about not getting […]
Hey all, just got back from Marfa, Texas. Here’s a little Southwestern Magritte for you. How is Low-Impact month treating you? Mine is going all right, though we certainly did a bunch of driving around Texas this weekend. Haven’t used […]
The First Noble Truth the Buddha Taught: Life Is Suffering Well, not exactly. When some people first hear or read that, their first impression of Buddhism might be that it’s dour and sad. No gleam of light, no humor, just […]
Happy Fourth of July Originally uploaded by seth_holladay Revolution is patriotic. So are fireworks! Here’s a map of where they’ll be in NYC tonight. And here’s a cool set of 4th of July photos on Slate.
Greetings from The ID Project Portland. Now that it’s Low Impact Consumption month, I wanted to find out the status of super-cool Portland City Commissioner and Mayor-Elect Sam Adams‘ proposed ban on plastic bags, which got a decent amount of […]
Stillman Brown’s blood pressure is peaking. This week’s Talk of the Town is by George Packer, who is consistently one of the finest reporters working today, and he writes about Obama’s need to re-define his message on Iraq to match […]
Just a reminder to start (or stop) your low-impact engines. Click the logo above for some helpful resources. No More Plastic Bags Y’all! We are going Back To The Sack!