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Whether you are already familiar with her music or not, this TED talk is guaranteed to get you thinking ….and might even bring a tear.

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I think this is a lovely teaching by Tao Te Ching to keep in mind during the holidays as schedules get crazy, students cram for final exams, and people begin deciding their New Years resolution.

Fill you bowl to the brim

and it will spill.

Keep sharpening you knife

and it will blunt.

Chase after money and security

and your heart will never unclench.

Care about people’s approval

and you will be their prisoner.

 

Do your work, then step back.

The only path to serenity.

 -Tao Te Ching; Translated by Stephen Mitchell

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It’s an obnoxiously gloomy day here in NYC. The cold has set in. Wind is making the cold worse. And we are just waiting for this Nor’easter to strike our already vulnerable shores. I’ve snuggled up with my computer and a mug of tea to watch the British Antiques Road Show and try to catch up on my long list of online “to-dos”. Realizing I haven’t watched a TED video since before my travels in September, I popped over to ted.com & found this. …Thank you, TED, you’ve opened my eyes once again. Watch the video, and below I have the link to her organization if you want to learn more.

Nancy Lublin and her organization: http://www.dosomething.org/

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Today’s first day of the 21 days of midsummer corresponds with my first day working on CBGB as the extras casting director.

Here is a photo reflecting how I feel. Do not be deceived by my frazzled look, I am INCREDIBLY excited, and I look forward to sharing more about my summer as the days continue.

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I have gotten really into signing up for newsletters’, blogs’, and discount services’ daily notifications. I like them all for different reasons, and I have a few I really like and plan to keep, and a few others I plan to rotate out every few months in search of better newsletters, blogs, etc.

One subscription I am very happy to have made is receiving the Writer’s Almanac. It comes into my inbox every day in the wee hours between 1 and 3 am and I usually save reading it to pull up and read while I’m on the subway. If I’m at home, I can stream Garrison Keeler’s sweet voice and hear the information that way. Included in the podcast and text version, I am sent a daily poem, and information about things that happened and people who were born on this day in history. And it’s always awesome information! It’s quick, informative, and I’m happier after reading it.

Today I received an inspiring poem by Ron Padgett from his book “How to be Perfect” it is basically a poem in a list form poetically written. I think I may think over it and post my own in the near future.

I have a few other subscriptions I love and adore, and I encourage you to research things you are interested in, though you may not know much about, and expand your knowledge by subscribing to a newsletter, blog, RSS feed, etc.

In signing off Writer’s Almanac style, and inspired by a mentor of mine with a personal twist,

Work hard. Play hard. And love often.

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I love making lists. I’ve determined however that my love is less about writing out what I have to do, and more focused on the act of crossing out a

to-do and making it a to-done.

After a bit of internal analyzing, I have mapped this crossin’ off love back to my high school drama teacher. She always carried a yellow steno-pad with her.  IT kept track of everything from to-do set building, to to-do PTA needs  for our current production.

The wonderful feeling of releasing a to-do

Most vividly, I remember her ferociously scribbling  notes during rehearsals which were then used to recite back to us in (less beloved) “notes” time. (You theatre people know exactly what I mean.)

I would watch her, after every note spoken, take her black ball-tip pen and cross out the note. That cross equaled a release. The instruction given was no longer on her shoulders, it was officially passed off onto someone else.

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So yeah, thanks to her I love list making. If you’ve never experienced the sensation of scratching through a to-do, I highly recommend you try it. Start small, like a grocery list. You’ll soon join the rest of us addicts.

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Today, according to this Facebook event 726 people pledged to write a letter. Yes, a hand written, delivered by the United States Post Office letter. (See picture)

Writing letters is not unfamiliar to me. I had a pen pal during high school, and I’ve kept up with several friends from various stages of my college career through letter writing over the past 4 years, and have every intention of continuing.

If you are interested in taking part in the next Write a Letter event, there appears to be one planned already for October 15. Find out more here.

And if you hurry, you can still write a letter and get it picked up tomorrow when many of today’s letters are picked up!

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