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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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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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Tune in today at 2pm to hear Ken Gale on @TMShadesofGreen broadcast on @BBOX_Radio

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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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Exciting Events

Come check out the premiere of Paul Goes for a Ride TONIGHT @plantagenetpeng http://ping.fm/ZqsSK

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Poolside Fun

April 4, 2012

Livin it up poolside at Ti.

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