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Mindful Spending

posted by Emily Herzlin

I take out my wallet and hand the guy behind the counter two crisp dollar bills with barely a thought. I sip the coffee and I’m not sure if I actually even wanted it. What is the mental process involved […]

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Lewis Black – angry buddha?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Comedian Lewis Black appeared at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art on March 9, part of their BRAINWAVE series, which puts famous thoughtful people and less-famous thoughtful people onstage together to provoke more thought, as far as I can tell. […]

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The Dharma of Facebook

posted by Ethan Nichtern

At the writing of this post, I have 2022 friends on facebook. Are they all my friends, you might ask. Well, yes, they are all my facebook friends. Have I met them all in person? No, probably only about half. […]

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Time is of the Essence

posted by idpguestblog

Like many others this week, I found myself strangely fascinated with the death of actress Natasha Richardson. Not that I was a fan per se, but I think it was more the senselessness and randomness of it that was striking. […]

A Mistake

posted by Paul Griffin

A Mistake or, In Lieu of My Regular Friday Post He wanted to change the energy, his energy. He wanted to take his frustration and irritation and, like an alchemist, turn it into flamboyance and originality. It was a small […]

Ethan and Pat are in Whole Foods

posted by Patrick Groneman

Wow

Hardcore Dharma Condenses its Heart

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma continued its study of the Lojong by focusing on Point Four and Point Five of the mind training slogans.  Point Four is typically called “life and death,” which Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche connects with the paramita of […]

Dreaming in Buddhas

posted by Stillman Brown

If I do a session of sitting meditation in a dream does that count as my recommended daily 10-minute session? Eh? No? Dang. I ask because I’ve been dreaming a lot lately. I attribute this, in part, to sleeping more […]

Podcast: Why We Need Anger with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the IDProject Podcast Ethan leads a talk about Why We Need Anger.  You can listen to the podcast here, and check out a list of all our podcasts here, or subscribe through iTunes. If you are a […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

We should not forget that the mind, whatever turn that we want to give it, is very flexible. To the extent that we train ourselves, we create a habit and the mind accepts the crease that we give it. —Bokar […]

Just keep dancing in outerspace while I play this sweet guitar riff

posted by Patrick Groneman

Delta 1 by Ron Hays Not to get all new-agey electro boogie spirit crystal dance in the cosmic wavepool on you, but yeah: This video was made using the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, which is a magnificent structure all on its own: […]

Can corporations be ethical?

posted by omphalina

Research by the Ethisphere Institute featured on the Miller-McCune website has recently shown that the banks that are asking for money to bail them out were also the banks that have the lowest scores on measures of business ethics. In […]

Buddhist Monks Say Twitter Can Lead to Happiness

posted by Jerry Kolber

I am not making up that headline. In the same week that I began my own 140 Twitter-post journey to explain why Twitter was the next step in the de-personalization of over-noisification of the very tiny (yet very consumptive) subset […]

Late Indian siddhas, and other intriguing possibilities

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There are a lot of things I find interesting about this article, titled “Buddhaguptanatha and the Late Survival of the Siddha Tradition in India,” by David Templeton. Usually, when reading about the history of Indian Buddhism,

Seen in One City: Is The Dana (Generosity) Model Spreading?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Couldn’t embed this great CNN video interview about a donation-based restaurant in Ohio that is doing just fine with no set prices on their menu, but Watch It Here and then check back for discussion. What do you think? Could […]

Kale Chips and Roasted Chickpeas

posted by Emily Herzlin

The dials on my oven don’t have numbers on them – I suppose that over the years before I came to inhabit this apartment they have simply faded off. Sadly, this kept me from using my oven as much as […]

Podcast: “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity” Part 2 with Acharya Eric Spiegel

posted by Patrick Groneman

You can now download Part 2 of Acharya Speigel’s talk on “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity”. Having worked on Wall Street for 22 years, Acharya Spiegel has a unique insight into our current economic crisis. He teaches […]

One Taste? Really? Isn’t that a little too tongue in …

posted by Julia May Jonas

Zeitgeist indicator The New York Times Styles Section has lately been fairly awesome in covering two subjects near and dear to my heart: mindfulness and female sexuality.  (Although in both cases – it’s kind of lame to call them ‘styles’.  […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

Apparently holding a mala, this smiling buddha figure was photographed by Fred Gates, who noted: “This is a wind-up toy that walks while it ‘listens’ to headphones (rock…ROCK!). It was a gift, but when my friend’s 3-year old wanted it […]

Seen in One City: Signs and Signlessness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The below video of Alex Gopher’s “The Child,” sent in by One City reader and I.D. Project homie DMC, is a perfect illustration of the following Thich Nhat Hanh quote: “Where should we look to find the world of no […]

Agent Dale Cooper

posted by Paul Griffin

Twin Peak’s Agent Dale Cooper is my favorite Buddhist character is Western culture. Here is the scene in which Agent Cooper uses the “Tibetan method” in order to figure out who exactly out of a group of suspects is in […]

Video-Remix Heaven! ThruYOU and constructing the self

posted by Patrick Groneman

Kutiman, an Israeli musician and producer, cut together a bunch of “bedroom musician” videos from You Tube for a project he’s calling Thru YOU.  It is strikingly complete and mature for the internet mash-up meme, and it avoids coming across […]

Hardcore Dharma Eats It

posted by Julia May Jonas

Each week two-three members of Hardcore Dharma do a presentation about our assigned readings.  Last week’s selection in Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was about Point Three of the Lojong Slogans: Transformation of Bad Circumstances.  Some of the most […]

Podcast: “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity” a Guest Lecture by Acharya Eric Spiegel

posted by Patrick Groneman

Worried about the recession and how money relates to your practice?  We get some tips from NY Shambala Center’s Master Teacher Eric Spiegel as a part of our Sit Down, Rise Up Guest Lecture Series. Having worked on Wall Street […]

Reality TV: Still Annoying

posted by Stillman Brown

My roommate loves The Bachelor and American Idol. And America’s Next Top Model. And Hell’s Kitchen. And True Beauty. In fact, she loves most reality TV and I have to admit her enthusiasm is rubbing off on me in trace […]

We’re now on Twitter

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Follow the blog here, if you like that kind of thing.

The Underpaid Buddhist-Inspired Freelancer

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber been freelancing in the world of TV and writing for a while now, and he (YES Jerry Kolber is a HE!) gets one question a lot from friends: “How do you bid properly for a freelance job?” Props […]

Don’t read this blog

posted by omphalina

For the last two weeks I have been in self-imposed internet exile while I worked on finishing my first complete draft of my dissertation proposal. I set my personal email address to its vacation setting, letting everyone know that I […]

Sects & Sectarianism

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I came across this today. It’s a very well researched essay, available for free, about the evolution of different sects and ordination lineages in early Buddhism. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but it had some interesting tidbits. For one,

BREAKING: Dalai Lama Talks Very Tough on China

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Bit of breaking news: The Dalai Lama just laid down possibly his strongest rhetoric ever against China, saying Tibet is “Hell on Earth” under the occupation. Well, actually, he doesn’t quite say that, but the NY Times alarmist headline makes […]

Stupid/Brilliant: Setting the Record Straight

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay guys, watch out – it’s gonna get personal. I’ve been thinking a lot about Judith Warner’s article in the New York Times and would like to add some more thoughts to our discussion. I worry sometimes…not sometimes, often…about emotional […]

Book Chatter: Rich Brother, Rich Sister, by Robert T. and Emi Kiyosake

posted by Ellen Scordato

Dual autobiography of a brother and sister: the brother is Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author on personal finance (getting rich), the sister is Emi Kiyosaki, aka Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho, an ordained buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. Sister has a masters […]

This Week’s Podcast: Buddhism: Religion or Science of the Mind?

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week’s Podcast from the IDProject is a group discussion lead by Juan-Carlos on the topic of whether Buddhism should be considered a religion or just a philosophical mind science.  Sparkling GIF Buddha approves of our discussion.  Check it out […]

The New (Baby)Face of the Republican Party

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Move over Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Steele. You’ve been replaced by a smaller, faster, much cuter model of Terminator. See below for video of Jonathan Krohn, the (just-turned) 14 year-old Wunderkind of the Republican Party, rocking […]

Desiring Desire

posted by idpguestblog

Maybe it’s the spring like weather this weekend that’s jolted me out of my winter doldrums, but I’ve noticed a subtle shift…a desire creeping in. Upon further investigation, I realized that it’s not so much a desire for anything in […]

The Joe Pyne Show – Seen in One City

posted by Jerry Kolber

It’s not Jerry Kolber’s regular posting time, but I couldn’t resist posting these two clips. A wise man in Miami pointed me to the Joe Pyne show which ran nationally through the 50’s & 60’s. Both of these clips seem […]

Reflection and Refractions

posted by Patrick Groneman

Photo of a Bushwick storefront.

Buddhism in Western Culture

posted by Paul Griffin

Last week, I wrote about Wallace Stevens’s poem “The Snow Man”, arguing that Stevens was writing about shunyata. My real and abiding fascination with this kind of investigation is looking at representation of the Buddhist view—emptiness, interconnectedness, mindfulness, etc.—as they […]

Pema Chodron Gets Props on the Front Page of NYTimes.com

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Read Judith Warner’s Article Here Not sure how I feel about it…

Hardcore Dharma is mad as hell and yet resigns itself to taking it more.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Lately I’ve been feeling kind of crazy mad.  I’m mad at my roommate, at my parents, at everyone in a five foot radius of me at my job. I’m semi-annoyed at this friend  (how come you never write on MY […]

An Indian in Dachau

posted by Jerry Kolber

No, it’s not a new Elie Wiesel book. This is what happens when one particular Indian woman goes to modern day Dachau.

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

RP: Sometimes people think that Buddhism should somehow resolve all our problems. It’s more that the path will bring those issues out. It’s when we deny them or ignore them or cover them up with a veneer of spirituality—that’s the […]

This Week on The IDProject Podcast: Karma and Materialism with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week’s Podcast from the IDProject is a talk with Ethan on Karma and Materialism, check it out here.  <—- This is an image of a textile sculpture by artist Barbara Schulman titled “An Artifact of Materialism”.  She carefully sewed […]

Picking on Shambhala Sun

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The other day I got a solicitation from Shambhala Sun magazine. It included a series of “True or False” questions designed to intrigue the solicitee, one of which was: Playing rock is a profound spiritual path. A: True. Any activity […]

Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is damn damn brilliant and simply executed, if you didn’t see it yet:

Right Action, Right Effort, Right Snooze

posted by Emily Herzlin

At 9:30pm on any given Tuesday night, what I’d really like to do most in the world is watch just one more episode of House or Six Feet Under. However, lately I’ve been trying my very best to restrain myself. […]

Keep Your Enemies Close, and Your Near Enemies Closer

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of my favorite ideas from Buddhist psychology has always been the “near-enemy.” The idea of the “near-enemy” is that for every beneficial habit or more enlightened quality that we might develop in our mind, there is a devious, and […]

Meditation

posted by Patrick Groneman

Image by Artist/Musician Kevin Bewersdorf. (click for a larger version).  He is also is a contributor to the Spirit Surfers, a group blog that is a collection of abstract digital collages which use the internet as source material.  I’m a […]

The Dhamma Brothers, by Damaris Williams

posted by Ellen Scordato

A guest post by Damaris Williams. On February 6, IDP premiered its first Salon night, featuring a showing of the Dhamma Brothers film. I quickly asked Ethan if I could write something about it. I hadn’t seen the movie, but […]

Emptiness and Wallace Stevens

posted by Paul Griffin

I am interested in how emptiness shows up in Western culture, particularly in poetry, philosophy and music.  Today I wanted to take a close look at a poem by Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man,” and discuss to what degree what […]

Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Just in case these hard times made you forget what joy looks like.

Hardcore Dharma Slogs On

posted by Julia May Jonas

The other night, while discussing directing theater, my friend Peter asked about my directing process:  “so is that how you tend to work?” and I thought about it and said “you know honestly, I’m only twenty seven years old and although that […]

Writing: Meditation Action Direct

posted by Stillman Brown

Last week’s New Yorker had a great profile of novelist Ian McEwan, the guy who wrote Atonement, among other things (sorry, it’s not available for free online. Abstract here). Nestled at the very end of the piece was a quote […]

Visualization of Non-Self

posted by Patrick Groneman

Photo taken at the Canal Plastics window display.

Can a Buddhist be an Anarchist?

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve had many wonderful conversations over the past few years about the role of anarchism in western society (not the Anarchist Cookbook blow stuff up and call it anarchism juvenile version, I’m talking real deal anarchy that involves re-thinking the […]

Please put your conflict away

posted by omphalina

I don’t particularly like conflict. It makes me all sorts of uncomfortable. I was thinking about what Ellen Scordato wrote about sitting with her uncomfortableness in response to Emily Herzlin’s post this week. I have a very hard time sitting […]

Hat’s off, Sen. Schneiderman

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I was very encouraged to read this post in the editor’s blog of the Nation, published yesterday: Now that thirty years of deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy have failed so spectacularly, creating an economic catastrophe in its wake, […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body […]

Sometimes I Get Upset When Things Are New Or Different

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sometimes I get upset when things are new or different. I look like this when I get upset… When I feel upset I can say, “I need a break.” When I take a break I need to be calm. I […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

This week’s image comes to us from Mark Rifkin. “Takashi Murakami’s “Oval Buddha” presided over the 590 Atrium (at Madison and 56th Sts.) in conjunction with last year’s “© Murakami” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The other side of his […]

Two-drink MAXIMUM. Or, Dealing With the Pain of Being a Grown-Up

posted by Ethan Nichtern

You mind if I get a bit personal this week? I don’t know how to talk about Buddhist precepts and practice without it, so I’m gonna. For me, the last year and a half have been, well, hard. It’s been […]

Totally Irrelevant: Emptiness

posted by Paul Griffin

It is so silly to talk about emptiness. It’s totally irrelevant. Emptiness is not this, not that. (And both not this and not that, and neither not this nor not that.) Really, what was I thinking when I decided to […]

Understanding The Eye

posted by Patrick Groneman

” A monk … understands the eye, he understands forms, and he understands the fetter that arises dependent on both. And he also understands how the unarisen fetter arises, how the arisen fetter is abandoned, and how the abandoned fetter […]

Heard in One City

posted by cassmaster

A little Friday encouragement for all us would-be activists out there: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” — Author Sydney Smith, qtd in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Pt. 2

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All, Dr. Neale’s great lecture on the psychodynamics of meditation is up on the Interdependence Project Podcast at this link. Also, if you like what we do in terms of blog, podcast, integral activism,  spreading mindful community, etc, would you […]

Hardcore Dharma Says it With Suttas

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week’s Hardcore Dharma’s early sutta readings about relinquishing desire to attain enlightenment weren’t my favorites.  The idea of not wanting filled me with dread.  The thought that the enlightened response to the loss of a loved one would be […]

Family Is, Like, Important

posted by Stillman Brown

My sister was on spring break this week and in New York for a couple of days to hang out with her older brother and get a glimpse of my decadent, rococo-esque blogger’s lifestyle. We ate out, got fancy green […]

Beating a dead horse

posted by Jerry Kolber

How to beat a dead horse. First, you must find a dead horse. Frequently these can be obtained at the end of horse races, or alternately by going out to pasture, where old horses are often put in later years. […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The inhibitions that obscure our buddha nature develop because we use external points of reference to define and confirm our own self-identity. The problem with this is that reference points continually change. As we try to keep up with these […]

Marriages take work

posted by omphalina

I’m getting married in June. I have therefore been doing a lot of stuff in regards to planning the wedding. However, when it comes down to it, the wedding is one day, and really what I should be preparing for […]

Amish avant-garde?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Ethan Nichtern’s post below, about how quickly we assimilate (and take for granted) new technology, brought to mind a fascinating article a friend forwarded me last week on the subject as it relates to Amish populations in the US. It’s […]

So…No More Homework?

posted by Emily Herzlin

I checked out of a hotel yesterday (actually went on vacation – woohoo!) and as I pressed the elevator button to go to the lobby, a little boy and his mom showed up. The boy let out a disappointed sigh. […]

Buddha of the Week!

posted by Ellen Scordato

reflected in New York City, on University and 11th Street. Image by IDP member and photographer Melanie Einzig

The Most Spoiled Generation Ever?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is this generation the most spoiled generation ever? That’s what Louis CK claims – quite hilariously and poignantly – in this interview on Conan O’Brien: Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy Did you watch it? Sorry for not being able to embed […]

Now on your iPhone…Augmented Reality!

posted by Patrick Groneman

This is really insane. And this helmet here, is actually in development to implement the same Augmented Reality (AR) technologies into your full field of vision. Soon we’ll all be fighting crime in a dystopian version of Detroit as powerful […]

Totally Irrelevant: Emptiness

posted by Paul Griffin

Buddhists talk a lot about emptiness. I want to talk about it more. Trungpa said, “This seminar is on shunyata, although we are quite uncertain what shunyata actually is. It seems that shunyata means not that, not this. So we […]

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Guest Lecture

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, by popular demand, we are  posting what is new on the Interdependence Project podcast each week. Dr. Miles Neale gave a fascinating lecture combining psychodynamic theory with Buddhist meditation practice last month.

Hardcore Dharma gets sensual with desire

posted by Julia May Jonas

I missed this weekend of Hardcore Dharma due to a performance gig, but sat down with the podcast to get an idea of what bubbled to the surface from the week’s reading of our Theravaden text In The Buddha’s Words, […]

Stillman’s Valentine’s Day Mix

posted by Stillman Brown

The other morning I was munching my usual bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch (with added raisins) and listening to the All Songs Considered podcast from NPR. This week’s episode is Lesser-Known Love Songs, bringing together several music journalists and bloggers who […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Subhuti My hut is roofed, comfortable, free of drafts; my mind, well-centered, set free. I remain ardent. So, rain-deva. Go ahead and rain. – (Theragatha 1.1)(verse 1) Translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikku.  www.accessinsight.org

You Are George Bush

posted by Jerry Kolber

I once read a quote that said you cannot criticize the place or era you live in without also criticizing yourself. This seems to be a pretty decent definition of my understanding of interdependence. Believing in interdependence means that you […]

No wait

posted by omphalina

We often have to wait for others to show up.  Or wait for our turn. Or wait to get to where we are going. In this situation, I was waiting for someone to meet me – we had agreed to […]

“Great Vajradhara, Tilo, Naro . . . Ganga Metr?pa?”

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Disclaimer: If you don’t have any familiarity with Naropa and Marpa, this post will probably be very boring. Fair warning, and apologies in advance. As Buddhism was first transmitted to the West, most students had little information about it other […]

Does the New Pepsi Logo Irritate You Too?

posted by Stillman Brown

Via Andrew Sullivan and created by Lawrence Yang , a response to the new logo being shoved in our faces everywhere (literally, like, carpet-bombed into our brains): Find it here.

The Buddhist and the Banker: A Love Story

posted by Emily Herzlin

One day a girl in her early twenties who was interested in her mind came upon a man in a Zegna suit and a Brioni tie. Hoping he would turn into a frog (or anything besides a banker), she kissed […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you see Buddha in the road, kill him. Or at least take a photo? thanks to Stillman for this “Chocolate Buddha with Gold Flecks, given to him by a foodie friend” (and to some tasty dharma burgers over the […]

Does Anyone, EVER, Need To Make More Than $500,000 A Year? No, Seriously.

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I have to admit, the constant news of greed, ignorance, and a total disregard for interdependence—which seems to keep trickling down from the upper echelons of our society like some slapstick nightmare—is giving me one good old-fashioned case of populist […]

Damn You Internet!

posted by idpguestblog

I’ve been absent from the blogosphere as of late. First, my computer crashed…and no I hadn’t backed up recently. Yes, I know that’s stupid. Lucky for me, my roommate works at a computer consulting firm and he took it in […]

You are the Center of the Mandala

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this video, philosopher and ethnobotonist, Terence McKenna discusses the relationship between individual consciousness and cultural systems with a simple and approachable vocabulary.  He advises us to keep the self as “the final arbiter” in a way not unlike the […]

How to cook collard greens

posted by cassmaster

Earlier this winter I decided to learn a new hobby: cooking. Nothing too fancy or involved; just regular meals that were healthier and cheaper than the restaurant food I’d been living on. And, as an added bonus, greener, because homecooked […]

Haddhcoe Dhamma: The Lost Sutta

posted by Julia May Jonas

A lost sutta, composed in a singularly rare dialogue form, recently found, preserved in amber, in a heretofore undiscovered catacomb of Nalanda University.  Buddha: Verily I ask you, excellent Julia May Jonas, if you knew old age and death were […]

How is Your Practice?

posted by Stillman Brown

Very well, dear reader, thank you. I’ve been focusing exclusively on mindfulness-of-the-body-breathing practice for the past few months. It’s the first practice I had instruction in and, since I began practicing regularly two years ago, it’s been my bedrock technique. […]

Child of Illusion

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is making the rounds. I love this kid. Welcome to samsara, amigo. Hold on tight.

You are not your khakis

posted by omphalina

“I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit” ~Tyler Durden – Fight Club While I chastise myself not being more imaginative than quoting Fight Club, […]

You’ve Got Bale

posted by Jerry Kolber

I just listened to the tape of Christian Bale yelling for four minutes at a DP who walked into the middle of a scene on the set of the new Terminator, apparently not for the first time. Bale feels that […]

Which is it, guys?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

In “Mindfulness Defined” (available free here), Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes: “The Buddha discovered that the way you attend to things is determined by what you see as important—the questions you bring to the practice, the problems you want the practice to […]

Green(er) Jewelry

posted by Emily Herzlin

I love jewelry. Is it necessary? No. But I enjoy wearing jewelry that I feel personally connected to as an expression of my identity (wow, how many examples of attachment can you find in that sentence?) Take a look at […]

No one can remain Forever Young

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you missed Bob Dylan selling a song for a Pepsi ad, you can see it all here: Did this bother any Dylan fans out there? It forever changes my experience of that song; to paraphrase Heraclitus about the river, […]

Conscious Culture Alert: Slumdog Millionaire and the Fake Interconnectedness of Globalization

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So now that Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for Best Picture I can really ask this question: Did anyone else think it was a horribly manipulative movie?

SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

posted by Patrick Groneman

Hardcore Dharma believes in nothing.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma wrapped up its study of Zen Mind: Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki A contentious read!  Some folks loved its experiential wisdom (I certainly found reading the book to be a mindfulness practice in and of itself, requiring […]

Chronicle of a Doomed Industry Foretold

posted by Stillman Brown

According to journalists newspapers are dying. Now, many journalists work at newspapers, creating a potential conflict-of-interest, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Dailies in small cities are nearly disappeared and formerly great papers like the Baltimore […]

A Clown and a Fawcett

posted by Jerry Kolber

Two gems from our pop culture vaults that I’ve come across in my internet trawlings (thanks Paul R). Both make me think that either commercials were a lot more transparent in their intentions thirty years ago, or the American people […]

Asking ourselves questions

posted by omphalina

I am going to start out this post with some questions we ask ourselves: What is my intention? What is my behavior? What is my role in the problem/suffering? What is my attachment to the goal? How much do I […]

And then there’s our genes

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A couple of weeks ago the New York Times Magazine published a feature article about the emerging field of behavioral genetics. The following passages stood out to me:

To Blame or Not to Blame…our Parents

posted by Emily Herzlin

Dr. Miles Neale, contemplative psychotherapist, visited the ID Project last Monday. He talked to us about the relationship between meditation and the psychoanalytic method of therapy, but one of the most interesting aspects of the evening for me was the […]

on the DL

posted by Ellen Scordato

DL = the Dalai Lama, whose upcoming visit to NYC does seem to be a bit on the downlow.  I’ve asked a bunch of young buddhists and other interested folks, and most have no idea he’s coming round again. He’ll […]

Being Casual and Being Sloppy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So it was a busy first week for the Obama administration. Some people on the left, like the ever Obama-phobic Paul Krugman as well as One City’s own Master of Dharmic Ceremonies GZA, think the economic stimulus package and President […]

Being aware of the means with which we construct our reality

posted by Patrick Groneman

This Photo was on the cover of the NYTimes this past Thursday morning. Photographer Doug Mills captured “a moment” of other people capturing “a moment”.  In doing so he helps us understand the means by which our collective consciousness is […]

Eight years later and a whole new set of hopes

posted by cassmaster

With Barack Obama’s approval rating at 73%, and a public confident that he’ll deliver all the change we need, I can’t help but be reminded of another time progressives were so hopeful — or so shockingly disappointed: a little more […]

Hardcore Dharma Is. And Is Not. And Therefore Also Is.

posted by Julia May Jonas

“Sometimes we talk about our clothing; sometimes we talk about our body.  But neither body nor clothing is actually we ourselves.  We ourselves are the big activity.  We are just expressing the smallest particle of the big activity,that is all.  […]

Is “Smart Power” a Compassionate Foreign Policy?

posted by Stillman Brown

Hendrik Hertzberg’s Talk of the Town piece on the Obama administration’s new direction in foreign policy as iterated by Hillary Clinton during her Senate confirmation hearings caught my eye. He writes:     Thesis: Hard Power. The kind fetishized by […]

Seeing what happens when you upgrade to the latest flat screen

posted by omphalina

The Inaugural Speech: first thoughts

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I know everyone is thrilled about the inauguration; I certainly am. I don’t mean to throw any cold water on it, but I nonetheless thought I’d take a second look at the inaugural address, with which I was underwhelmed. The […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. . . . We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. —Dr. Martin Luther […]

The Content of Our Nation’s Character

posted by Emily Herzlin

I saw this article in Sunday’s section of the Herald, the local Long Island newspaper I grew up reading. The article recalls a historic event in Rockville Centre, my hometown. On March 26, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke […]

Lost in the supermarket

posted by Ellen Scordato

Supermarkets! Whether Waldbaums, Stew Leonards, ShopRite, Whole Foods, or Hong Kong Supermarket, they inevitably fill me with a combination of revulsion, compassion and philosophy. Having just emerged relative unscathed from a recent trip, I thought of my favorite piece about […]

Buddhism and Battlestar

posted by Davee Evans

Ethan has encouraged me or maybe even teased me a couple times to blog Buddhism themes in the sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, and clearly it’s something he thinks about too. Ok, maybe I should accept my nerdy karma and […]

Accidental Humor?

posted by Stillman Brown

In a typical Something Big’s Coming Up I Wonder What Cute Things Kids Have To Say About It They’re So Cute-type move, The New York Times has collected letters written by children to Barack Obama in advance of inauguration day. […]

Self-Generating Art that Lasts “Forever”

posted by Patrick Groneman

Who loves technology?  Humans do. “Forever is a large videowall installation of endless animations responding to an ever changing soundtrack. The bespoke generative design system at the heart of Forever will spawn unique audio-visual films every day, forever.” [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1966709&w=425&h=350&fv=clip_id%3D2705718%26server%3Dvimeo.com%26autoplay%3D0%26fullscreen%3D1%26md5%3D0%26show_portrait%3D0%26show_title%3D0%26show_byline%3D0%26context%3Duser%3A92422%26context_id%3D%26force_embed%3D0%26multimoog%3D%26color%3D00ADEF] more […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

To Make Routine A Stimulus

Hardcore Dharma: Beginning all over again

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday January 10th, midst a splattering of snow, Hardcore Dharma recommenced for a second, subsequent term.  This time around we’ll be working book by book as opposed to subject by subject.  Like last time, we’ll be reading texts from the […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“When you find it difficult to stop your mind while you are sitting and when you are still trying to stop your mind, this is the stage of “form is emptiness and emptiness is form.”  But while you are practicing […]

A Lyrical Bit

posted by Stillman Brown

I took a walk through Central Park yesterday as twilight was falling, the trees like black coral against a sky that was silver at the horizon and powder blue if I looked straight up. I started south from the Met […]

Tell me about your life

posted by omphalina

Like many of the people I know, my life is excessively busy. I am always talking about how I don’t have time for things. I have a long list of things to do, emails to respond to, people to call […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

The individual nature of our experience is caused by our pre-existing views and prejudices.  We distort whatever information we receive by means of our sense organs, just as the suface of the lake is distorted by the elements.  If we […]

Penguin escape

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Here’s some compassion engendering afternoon viewing.

Eloping from the Moment

posted by Emily Herzlin

To elope, in the learning method of Applied Behavior Analysis (and probably others that I’m not aware of), means to run away as an escape. When I first heard this word used that way, I thought it was strange. I’ve […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“While other people were publishing or working, I, on the contrary, devoted three years of travel to forgetting all that I had learnt with my head.  This unlearning was slow and difficult; it was of more use to me than […]

The World in a Grain of Sand, or Buddhist-flavored Pop

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddhist philosophy and pop culture – ever the twain shall meet. The chittamatra, or Mind-Only school of Buddhism is indeed a trippy one. The idea, nagging suspicion, or paranoid fear that maybe the whole world is just an emanation of […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“In meditation we let boredom itself be an object of interest to explore.  When it arises, feel the boredom.  Note it, feel its texture, its energy, the pains and tension in it, the resistances to it.  Look directly at the […]

Creating a “Spacious Meadow”

posted by idpguestblog

Last night, as I was staring at my lap top trying to think of something to write for this week’s post, a friend and I started chatting on g-chat. It was just the usual small talk, until I mentioned I […]

Bloom

posted by Patrick Groneman

A new app for the iPhone by Ambient Musician and Producer Brian Eno.

Buddhist Merch

posted by cassmaster

My question for you dharma warriors: this is a good thing, right? The more mainstream yoga and Buddhist imagery gets, the more peaceful the world becomes …right?

Escalators and Perforation: The Dharma of Nicholson Baker

posted by Julia May Jonas

One of my greatest pleasures over the holiday break I recently enjoyed, long and luxurious due to the placement of Christmas on a Thursday, (although I think when I was in elementary school I calculated the longest break occurs when […]

One City Blog: ’08 Was a Good Year

posted by Stillman Brown

It’s been quite a year here at the One City blog and while the nature of the internet (and the blogosphere in particular) is to worship the very latest meme, news cycle, or cute animal picture, I feel a little […]

Practicing awareness: Minding my plastics

posted by omphalina

Plastic is made to be very durable. While physical structure of plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it is unclear when, if ever, that plastic biodegrades – which basically is another way of saying that plastic may last […]

In the Spirit of a More Peaceful 2009

posted by Emily Herzlin

The world recently celebrated the poet Rumi’s 801st birthday. Rumi, a Sufi mystic poet from the 13th Century, preached tolerance, compassion, and love above all else. While traditional Sufism leans towards religious language (referring often to God and prayer), I […]

Kids These Days

posted by Patrick Groneman

The “Stop, Drop and Roll”

posted by idpguestblog

I was playing cards with some friends last night and catching up- I don’t know what it is about card games, but they often turn into mini therapy sessions. Maybe it’s that everyone is a bit preoccupied so it’s easier […]

What makes us change?

posted by omphalina

One of my good friends may be losing her job due to lay-offs. She will find out in the next few weeks. She has said that if she just makes it through this (economic crisis) and pays off her debt, […]

Foundations of Buddhism

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I’m addicted to books about Buddhism; I have somewhere between two and three hundred of them. In my estimation one of the very best is Foundations of Buddhism, by Rupert Gethin. It’s a relatively short book that nonetheless manages to […]

Thoughts from a JuBu, part 1

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last week I posted a few facts about Jewish Buddhists and realized it was not nearly enough. I’d like to begin with the first installment of a series of posts on the topic of the Jewish/Buddhist connection. Hanukkah was this […]

Get yer slogan on

posted by Ellen Scordato

An old favorite for the new year. sign up for a daily email at the Lojong site http://lojongmindtraining.com/Commentary.aspx?author=2&proverb=9 Everyday, get an email with one of the 59 lojong slogans, with commentary by one of seven teachers, from Jamgon Kontrul to […]

The Abstract Nature of Reality

posted by Patrick Groneman

Okay … so what do you think this is a painting of? Boxes? An Arm? a Fence?

Merry Christmas, Buddha!

posted by cassmaster

Here’s a quick link to pocketsimon’s latest buddhamachine — a special Christmas edition.  I’ve never been one to meditate with far-out music playing in the background (unless you count all that smoking-pot-while-staring-at-the-ceiling-listening-to-records I did in college as meditation), but I do like […]

Hardcore Christmas: Let Nothing You Dismay.

posted by Julia May Jonas

For an hour and a half of December 24th, in between overstuffed dinners, toffee coated pistachios and fireside gatherings spent arguing immigration policy/ornament placement, I attended a United Church of Christ Christmas Eve service.  Although I don’t believe in God, […]

A little more to do with mental health

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There was a book review in this past Sunday’s New York Times called “Still Crazy After All These Years.” The book reviewed is American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States (great review title, no?). The review seemed […]

The Dharma and The Dreidel

posted by Emily Herzlin

In honor of Hanukkah, here are some fun facts about BUJUs! A BUJU (or JUBU) is someone of Jewish decent (cultural or religious) who has a serious interest in, has converted to, or practices Buddhism. According to MyJewishLearning.com: Charles T. […]

American Girl

posted by Ellen Scordato

Last week I went Christmas shopping for my 7-year-old niece. Her mom and my mom had list of things she wanted from American Girl, (which is, in case you haven’t heard, “a premiere lifestyle brand that offers a variety of […]

Ain’t It the Truth, Though?

posted by Stillman Brown

From Sinfest, by Tatsuya Ishida. 

Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists

posted by idpguestblog

Last weekend I attended a talk, moderated by Gloria Steinem, entitled “Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists” (video available here). Her panel consisted of Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) and Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of […]

Owning Ourselves: a Dharma Reading of A Mercy

posted by cassmaster

In her latest novel, A Mercy, Toni Morrison answers longing with self-possession.  Florens, a slave all her life, is dangerously in love with a blacksmith — a never-enslaved African from Benin who has come to her owner’s homestead to build […]

Hardcore Dharma: Acting Like a Buddhist

posted by Julia May Jonas

Growing up, acting was the only activity that sustained my existence.  Mother recounts that at ten I told her rehearsals were the only events I looked forward to in life.  Even as a kid, I remember feeling that performing was one […]

Beating the Winter Blues with Meditation

posted by Stillman Brown

Two of my friends have Seasonal Affective Disorder. One has been diagnosed by a doctor and sits next to harshly bright lamp for twenty minutes every morning before getting on the subway to go to work, which, in my mind, […]

Back to the Sack Success!

posted by omphalina

Wonderful news!  Gov. Paterson has passed the statewide plastic bag recycling bill with an amendment which leaves New York City’s more progressive law in effect. As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn states: “This is a truly great win for our […]

Exchanging self for other (with high tech help)

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The other day I came across (thanks to Eva) an interesting piece in the New York Times titled Standing in Someone Else’s Shoes, Almost for Real. The article details the work of Swedish neuroscientists who’ve made it possible, using goggles […]

Planet Slayer and The Lorax

posted by Emily Herzlin

I might be behind on the literature front, but a coworker just pointed me in the direction of a Dr. Seuss book called The Lorax. I picked it up at the Strand, and it’s this environmentally conscious children’s book about […]

Weekly Dedication of Merit: Steven Strogatz

posted by Patrick Groneman

“I hope that we, as a species, will get to be as fully capable of dealing with interconnectedness as the interconnected things we are creating.” Steven Strogatz is a Mathematician who “describes how natural and sociocultural complexity resolves into vast […]

Wrathful Compassion or Act of Aggression?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

We report, you decide.

I’ll Take an Order of Compassion with a Side of Lovingkindness

posted by idpguestblog

Something crazy happened on Tuesday evening. I was riding the subway home with a friend from class and there was this paranoid girl (a teenager) yelling at people for looking at her. No one was looking at her…of course. My […]

Did the Buddha drink green tea?

posted by cassmaster

Sometimes, in the mornings, I make tea before I meditate. Then I wonder if I should practice first, and drink the tea later (when it’s not so hot), or do something else, drink the tea, and then meditate. I’m a […]

Hardcore Dharma: The 9 Stages of Shamatha

posted by Julia May Jonas

On Saturday, December 7th we discussed the nine stages of Shamatha. Acording to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: “These nine stages are a map of the meditative process.  The first four stages—placement, continual placement, repeated placement and close placement—have to do with […]

Impermanence in Action: Economy Edition

posted by Stillman Brown

During the Presidential campaign, Barack Obama talked a lot about average folks struggling to get by: a teacher keeping up with mortgage payments while sending their kid to college, or a skilled machinist in Ohio who saw his job shipped […]

REPOST: Ponytail “Beg Waves”

posted by Patrick Groneman

click to watch ponytail-“beg-waves” Music by Ponytail Video by Michael Guidetti and David Berezin

What’s wrong with just recycling?

posted by omphalina

I remember about 7 years ago when one of my friends first said to me “why bother recycling? It’s not going to fix anything.” I was flabbergasted. What do you mean? I’ve been told for most of my life to […]

FOX Reality TV Show…With a Hint of Wisdom?

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Saturday morning I woke up but hadn’t really woken up yet, so I went to the website www.Hulu.com (a perfectly legal site) to catch up on some of the episodes of The Office that I’ve missed (GOD I […]

A Maxim I do rather like

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A few weeks back I posted a quote from Mark Twain that I found provocative. This week, an exploration of a quote I came across a few years ago: I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s […]

Can Romantic Love Last?

posted by idpguestblog

I was scrolling through the psychology news in my Google Reader last night and came across a study finding that “some people are as giddy as teenagers in love, even after two decades of marriage.”  Researchers at the Albert Einstein College […]

The death of publishing? Read more blogs.

posted by cassmaster

By now the world has heard about Black Wednesday: the largest number of layoffs in book publishing announced in a single day, with Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cutting hundreds of jobs, and the Doubleday group being cut […]

Hardcore Dharma: Neither truck nor series of tubes

posted by Julia May Jonas

The Saturday before Thanksgiving Hardcore Dharma gathered under the tutelage of the lovely, sore-footed Jessica to discuss two sets of triplicates in Buddhist teachings: the three dharma seals and the three doors of liberation. The Three Dharma Seals (according to […]

Back to the Sack – Deadline Dec. 12th

posted by omphalina

Plastic bags are a hot topic of discussion this week. The Wonkster column in the Gotham Gazette reports that Gov. Patterson has until Dec. 12th to sign or veto New York State’s plastic bag recycling bill (which undermines the stronger […]

The Wheels on the Bus Go…Oh, Hell No

posted by Emily Herzlin

Every day I take the M15 Limited bus up 1st Avenue to work. I like this bus. It stops just a couple blocks away from my apartment, and drops me off only a few steps from the school I work […]

Individuality and dharma

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There was a passage in Julia May Jonas’s recent post that brought to mind a book I like called Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology, by a psychologist and longtime practitioner of Buddhism named Harvey […]

A Truly Black Friday

posted by idpguestblog

By now I’m sure everyone has heard of Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour who was crushed to death early Friday morning by a stampede of crazed shoppers. One does not even know what to say about such a senseless death. Mob psychology […]

Back to the Sack: New Yorkers reactions to a plastic bag fee

posted by omphalina

In the last couple of weeks, there have been quite a few articles documenting the reaction New Yorkers have had to the proposed plastic bag fee. I thought it would be interesting to sit with these differing points of views. […]

Wisdom: a book trailer, and some sage advice

posted by cassmaster

I’m not sure whether book trailers really do much to help sales, but they’re a fun concept, and some of them can be great. Here’s one promoting Andrew Zuckerman’s new photography book, “Wisdom.” It’s a collection of sage advice — […]

Did Sarah Palin Turn Me Vegetarian?

posted by Emily Herzlin

Against my better judgment I watched the Sarah Palin turkey farm interview. I will not post a link on here because it is gruesome. If you want to watch it, feel free to find it on your own on Youtube.

“Protect the Earth” by, er, trashing it

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I went to the dentist recently, and on my way out I was given a plastic bag to carry very few tiny items (toothbrush, small tube of toothpaste, the usual dental schwag). This was unfortunate, of course, but hardly unusual. […]

Hardcore Dharma: The 5 Hindrances

posted by Julia May Jonas

Listen I know.  If there’s anything more annoying than the holiday’s themselves, it’s the inevitable deluge of “why the holiday’s are annoying in this way and that” pieces that pervade every newspaper, radio segment and blog that pass through our […]

What Type of People Write This Blog?

posted by Stillman Brown

The internet is officially the Coolest Toy Ever. This site, Typealyzer, automatically analyzes the content of a blog and spits out a personality profile of it’s author. Since this is a group blog, the one could assume the result would […]

Internet Curiosities

posted by Stillman Brown

Via Andrew Sully this A.M.: Ginger Anyhow has embroidered a series of romantic text messages received 02/06 to 04/07. Running through the photographs gives one a sense of the relationship’s rise and fall in a abstract but deeply intimate way. The act […]

The Scary Dynamics of Standing in Line

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sunday night at South Station in Boston on my way to catch a bus back to New York, I had a scary encounter with aggression. My friend Brett and I booked tickets on Bolt Bus early in the week. Bolt […]

Buddhist art shows opening in NYC

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There are several present and future exhibits of Buddhist art in the city that I’m excited about. The Eight Venerable Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, a master of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition and a painter in traditional and contemporary idioms, has shows […]

A Poem

posted by idpguestblog

I didn’t have time to write a post today, so I thought I’d share a video. I somewhat randomly ended up at a poetry reading Wednesday evening. Roger Bonair-Agard was one of the poets and I was completely captivated by […]

Election Withdrawal

posted by Stillman Brown

I’m in the throes of election withdrawal and exhibiting many of the classic symptoms, including: “Confusion, disorientation and agitation and other signs of severe autonomic instability (fever, tachycardia,hypertension).” Another, lesser-known consequence of election withdrawal is uncontrollable creative output. My doctors (two Austrians and […]

Better to drink coffee out of styrofoam??

posted by sarahnyc

A friend recently brought this to my attention: recent studies are claiming that drinking your coffee from a styrofoam cup may actually be better for the environment than a reusable ceramic mug. Really? Styrofoam? What do you think of these […]

BREAKING NEWS: Marriage Equality Video

posted by Jerry Kolber

Ethan suggested I make everyone aware of a video I put together this weekend that is blowing up online – over 4,000 views in the first 24 hours. It’s seriously IDP influenced (and thanks to those of you who gave […]

Back to the Sack: Exciting news

posted by omphalina

There was a lot of excitement this past week in the Integral Activism/Back to the Sack community! We had a great time at the OneCity walk this past Saturday. Even though I walk around Manhattan and Brooklyn all the time, […]

This is Unbelievable

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I was planning to write something yesterday, but instead I had to give you this amazing special comment by Keith Olbermann. It’s the best I’ve ever seen him, and I can’t imagine how any loving person wouldn’t change their mind […]

Wham, ma’am, thank you, BAM.

posted by Emily Herzlin

I liked playing with blocks as a kid, building grand castles out of wooden shapes painted primary colors. I was also the Tetris Queen; I held the high score on my dad’s stone age computer until we got rid of […]

Maxims you don’t agree with

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Ellen, I hope you’ll excuse the title. I couldn’t bring myself to title the post “Maxims with which you don’t agree.” Hey, it’s a blog, right? The last few years I’ve gotten fond of collecting aphorisms, particularly when they seem […]

Yes We Did?

posted by idpguestblog

While I am thrilled with Obama’s election, this week also saw some major hits to LGBTQ rights. Same-sex marriage was banned in California, Arizona and Florida and Arkansas passed a bill blocking the adoption or fostering of children by unmarried couples- […]

Getting Religulous: is religion really so wrong?

posted by cassmaster

Bill Maher’s new movie about the perils of major world religions isn’t especially hopeful. But if you need a little break from all the good feelings of hope and change going around right now (or maybe just a break from […]

Am I Buddhist Enough?

posted by Jerry Kolber

  How much Buddhism do I have to study before I am really a Buddhist? I couldn’t go to Hardcore Dharma classes this fall because I was training for the marathon. I don’t know Sanskrit or Pali. I know there […]

What Are We Gonna Do NOW?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The letter I sent to the IDP community yesterday, in case you haven’t read it: Dear Interdependence Project Community and Friends, So what are we going to do now? I’ve talked to literally hundreds of friends since the historic events […]

Hardcore Dharma: The Birth of the Cool

posted by Julia May Jonas

To paraphrase Newsweek’s Jon Meacham on Brian Lehrer’s WNYC November 5th broadcast, “If there’s ever a time that we can feel sticky-sweet gooey sentimental puppy love it’s today.” Kumbaya-all-we-are-saying-is-we-shall-overcome-signed-sealed-and-delivered-Obama-is-yours!  USA work it out!  Wednesday I had a realization that for […]

Post-election giddiness in Portland

posted by sarahnyc

A short while ago I was driving down the road and was abruptly cut off by a man in a large cowboy hat. He was driving a red GMC truck with Alaska plates. It was the biggest car on the […]

Begin: The Era of Obama

posted by Stillman Brown

Now that this historic and seemingly endless campaign is over, what next? What will characterize the Era of Obama?

Happy Election Day!!!

posted by omphalina

Wishing you an enjoyable and rewarding voting experience! If you have any problems voting: http://www.866ourvote.org/ or 1-866-OUR-VOTE For example, if this happens: After all that has happened in the last couple of elections, it is important that we have these […]

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