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An incredible last Saturday (for the next three months) in New York.

Woke up. Showered. Cooked some eggs. Met up with Natalie. Decided the day’s game plan of going to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and then to a star gazing event under the Brooklyn Bridge. Headed to Brooklyn.

Arriving with Natalie at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Arrived in Brooklyn. Found the Botanical Gardens. LOVED the Gardens- we saw the rose garden, Japanese garden, this huge field of grass which we laid in and listened to the solar powered chime-like thingys. Called our mutual best girl friend who proceeded to ask us to be her bridesmaids in her wedding! Wandered through the gardens a bit more then went to the Brooklyn Museum where we listened to live music.

So excited!!!

Decided to walk the mile and a half to the bridge, along the way discovering a Lebanese street fair where we enjoyed fresh food, live music, dancing, and saw Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA (yeahh buddy).

Enjoying the festivities at the Lebanese street fair

After dancing with fantastic people,

Miss Lebanese Immigrant USA

we left the party to go to the Brooklyn Bridge world science fair for star gazing. At the science fair we listened to scientist and astronomers talk about the galaxy, the search for to find other inhabitable planets, and black holes (awesomeness) and we saw Saturn (SOO bright).

Fixin to star gaze under the Brooklyn Bridge

Saturn under the Brooklyn Bridge

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Martha Francis and I have a lovely lunch at Alice’s Tea Cup in UES, and Marilyn Ellie on The Many Shades of Green chatting with Maxine Margo about the dangers of the Indian Point power plant and how effects of fracking!



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April 2, 2012
Pacific Costal Highway ride.
Malibu, up and down the mountainside, Santa Barbra, and a stop in Ventura, CA for delicious burger at Winchesters for dinner.


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Tibet? Huh.

An article this morning on the BBC’s homepage to its iPhone app. triggered my curiosity. I’m familiar with the “free Tibet” slogan, I know a bit about Buddhism and that I’m told Chinese government is very anti their religion, but how much do I really know? …not a whole lot.


If your interest is sparked here are a few interesting links I have found on Tibet:

Article on Reuters

View On Buddhism

Free Tibet

BBC Religions Page

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Flying over the Arctic Circle Summer '08

I never saw the film March of the Penguins, but as I watch the “Arctic Worlds” episode in the incredible BBC Planet Earth series  I am inspired by Penguins’ social personalities and across the various episodes like “Caves”, “Ocean Deep”, and “Rivers”, the earths beauty and adaptability astounds me. The past couple months have offered marathons of the episodes on channels GPB, Animal Planet, & Planet Green. I’ve watched nearly every episode at this point, and the best part is finding more and more of my friends are just as obsessed!

The Planet Earth channel has done a cleaver thing I didn’t see on other marathons with the commercial breaks. They have behind the scenes bits that show what the camera men endured filming the frequently “caught on camera for the first time” footage such as the year of time spent shooting in the freezing arctic -100 degree weather to catch the penguins huddling and rotating in their circles to ensure that every penguin gets fair time in the heated center as these males carry their unhatched young under their bellys’ fat.

Watching the polar bears struggle to reach solid ice in order to hunt, forces the reality of our warming world, and is disgustingly sad. If penguins, which are not the highest of intelligence, have figured out in fatal conditions that it takes sharing and cooperation to survive, what terrible conditions will it take for us to make the same realization?

And in short, if you haven’t seen the 5 years in the making, Emmy Award winning incredible series Planet Earth, get to it!

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Anjie Cho was on Bbox’s show The Many Shades of Green today discussing some amazing topics- from green buildings that are LEED certified to her Feng Shui practice.

Anjie suggests that achieving good Feng Shui and attaining positive chi can mean different things to different people, so in her search to gain good chi she was given advice by her professor to do one positive thing a day. Anjie now opens doors for as many people as possible each day.

What could you add to your life to add more “green chi?”

Look out for her recording on Bbox’s website http://www.bboxradio.com

Learn more about her below:

Anjie Cho is founder of Holistic Spaces, a practice focusing on
creating interiors with a focus on holistic design.  She creates and
enhances balance and harmony in her clients’ lives by designing spaces

with an understanding of sustainability and informed by the ancient

practice of Feng Shui.  Feng Shui focuses on changing the flow of chi,
the vital life force in humans and nature, to improve and transform
lives.  Her approach is inspired and integrative, functional and

intuitive, and kindles environmental and personal healing through

adjustments in your home and office.

Community and sustainability also deeply influence Anjie’s design.
She currently manages EcoBizNYC, a program of the Lower East Side
Ecology Center.  EcoBizNYC seeks to help small businesses, students,
and the general public to actively reduce air pollution, carbon
emissions and airborne environmental health hazards in NYC through
environmental auditing, education, and action.

Anjie is a registered New York State Architect, LEED Accredited
Professional, and practices BTB Feng Shui.  She received her formal
architectural training in the College of Environmental Design at the
University of California at Berkeley.  With over a decade of
experience, Anjie has designed high end residential and commercial
space throughout New York City, the Tri-State area, San Francisco and
Los Angeles.

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