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Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:01:56 PDTIn a world of instant everything our attention span and patience levels are continuing to dissipate. We are constantly racing from one thing to another so much so that mult-tasking has become a norm as there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. It is clear that speeds stock has risen and time is one of our most precious resources. Life now more than ever seems like race…but where is the finish line? If we get there will we be happy with who & where we are? I was reminded of this when training and running my 1st marathon. In a literal race it is natural to want to finish as fast as possible. I recall runners constantly asking me: What’s your time goal? I was clear that my goal was to finish and slow and steady would be the way. I had to reorient myself to not worry about my time, people passing me or allow any negative competitive energy enter into my thoughts, more important was how I felt. Essentially it was about running my own race. This rings true not only in my running but also how I approach life. The “race” of life is personal. Run your own race, not one that is imposed on you by deceptive external elements. Many people I spoke to who had run marathons told me stories of how painful the experience was. Personally, I really enjoyed my experience and was able to get into a flow state. It didn’t hurt that the course was predominately along the beautiful coast of Maui.Marathon running like most things in life is a mental game. Whether you think you can or you think you cant you are right. In the highly recommended book Born to Run, the author talks about the 1 consistent element of the vast majority of world class runners…they smile while running. You should have seen me race day I had a grin from ear to ear... Run your own race AND enjoy the process, if not what’s the point?[...]
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Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:27:53 PDTOn the same day a few weeks ago my 30 year old cousin Kelly passed away and her brother & wife welcomed into the world a new baby boy, Nathaniel. It also happened to be my grandmothers birthday.
Do not stand at my grave a weep
For I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamonds glint on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn’s rain
In the soft bush of the morning light
I am the swift bird in flight
Don’t stand at my grave and cry
I am not there
I did not die
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Thu, 19 May 2011 08:08:48 PDT(image) I recently made my 1st trip to the Oaxaca City. As I was leaving I knew a return visit was imminent.
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:55:04 PDTIt has been over 2 years since I left India and when I day dream about my time there I still smile in wonder.This article does a fantastic job of painting an accurate picture of life there as an expat.Living in India is like having an intense but insane affair, writes expat Catherine Taylor http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/mad-for-mumbai/story-e6frg8h6-1225934717682TONIGHT, as I waved my high heel in the face of a bewildered taxi driver, I thought suddenly: I am absolutely nuts in India. It's a thought I have often. Someone or something is always going nuts, and quite often it's me.I was trying to get a taxi driver to take me home, a mere 500 metres away, but it was pouring with rain and my shoes were oh-so-high, and it was late. He, of course, was having none of it; no amount of shoe-waving and sad-facing from a wild-haired firangi was changing his mind, when suddenly I remembered the magic trick - pay more than you should. "Arre, bhai sahab, 50 rupees to Altamount Road? Please?" And off we went.I have lived in Mumbai for almost three years. It was my choice to come - I wanted offshore experience in my media career and India was the only country looking to hire - and I wanted a change. I needed something new, exciting, thrilling, terrifying. And India gave that to me in spades. In fact, she turned it all the way up to 11. And then she turned it up a little more. To outsiders, living in India has a particular kind of glamour attached to it, a special sparkle that sees people crowding around me at parties. "You live in India? My God, really? I could never do that. What's it like?" The closest I have come to answering that question is that it's like being in a very intense, extremely dysfunctional relationship. India and I fight, we scream, we argue, we don't speak for days on end, but really, deep down, we love each other. She's a strange beast, this India. She hugs me, so tightly sometimes that I can't breathe, then she turns and punches me hard in the face, leaving me stunned. Then she hugs me again, and suddenly I know everything will be all right.She wonders why I don't just "know" how things are done, why I argue with her about everything, why I judge, why I rail at injustice and then do nothing about it. She wonders how old I am, how much I earn, why I'm not married. (The poor census man looked at me, stunned, then asked in a faltering voice, "But madam, if you're not married then… who is the head of your household?") I wonder how she can stand by when small children are begging on corners, how she can let people foul up the streets so much that they are impossible to walk along, how she can allow such corruption, such injustice, such A LOT OF HONKING.But she has taught me things. She has taught me to be brave, bold, independent, sometimes even fierce and terrifying. She has taught me to walk in another man's chappals, and ask questions a different way when at first the answer is no. She has taught me to accept the things I cannot change. She has taught me that there are always, always, two sides to every argument. And she was kind enough to let me come and stay.She didn't make it easy though (but then, why should she?). The Foreigner Regional Registration Office, banks, mobile phone companies and rental agencies are drowning under piles of carbon paper, photocopies of passports (I always carry a minimum of three) and the soggy tissues of foreigners who fall to pieces in the face of maddening bureaucracy. What costs you 50 rupees one day might be 500 rupees the next, and nobody will tell you why. What you didn't need to bring yesterday, you suddenly need to bring today. Your signature doesn't look like your signature. And no, we can't help you. Come back tomorrow and see.It's not easy being here, although I am spoiled by a maid who cooks for me, and a deliv[...]
Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:05:35 PSTToday my uncle Roger was inducted into the political consultants hall of fame by the American Association of Political Consultants in Washington, DC. I am proud of his accomplishments and to be honest surprised by many of them which is a testament to his humble nature. Roger M. Craver David Broder called him "a bomb thrower"... The Wall Street Journal claimed he was the "assassin" of all things right wing.Many of the household names in progressive politics and movement advocacy were launched and built under his guidance: the first organization, Common Cause, in 1969, and then the National Organization for Women, Greenpeace, Amnesty, NARAL, Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense and dozens of others.Older organizations were relaunched by him: the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood and The Wilderness Society. In the fray of Watergate, he won a place on Nixon,s enemys list for his work exposing the brown bag contributions to CREEP, the Committee to Re-elect the President.Roger, whose Washington watchword is "no permanent friends, no permanent enemies", designed and built the direct mail programs for the DNC, the DSCC and the DCCC. Despite these lucrative contracts, he shocked the consulting community by resigning from these accounts as a matter of principle. He left the DNC in 1986 over a disagreement with the lobbying practices of its leadership. In 1987, he left the DCCC over Jim Wright,s ethics challenges involving a book deal, and in 1992, he walked away from the DSCC over its leadership,s hesitancy to support Anita Hill and stand up against Clarence Thomas, nomination.Roger and his firm, Craver, Mathews, Smith & Company, raised record amounts of money in the late ,70s for key Democratic candidates � Frank Church, George McGovern, Birch Bayh, John Culver. In 1976, he raised record amounts for the presidential campaign of Mo Udall and again in 1980 for Ted Kennedy,s and John Anderson,s presidential races.In 1987, Roger and Republican consultant Doug Bailey founded The Hotline – today the preeminent daily online presence on American politics. The Hotline counts among many alumni Chuck Todd, currently the political director of NBC News.A pioneer who wont quit, Roger founded Public Interest Communications, the first large telemarketing firm for advocacy and progressive politics, in 1975, then The Hotline in 1987. Then, in 1995, he founded New Media Publishing, the first Internet company to build websites and update them daily for clients such as WWF International, the International Red Cross, UNICEF and the Feminist Majority, along with 25 other organizations.Today, Roger is the founder of DonorTrends, a company providing fundraising intelligence, predictive models and market research to the nonprofit and political communities. diMobile is his latest company, building mobile engagement applications for the next generation of activists and hell-raisers.Roger publishes the daily blog TheAgitator.net, is a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and holds a summa cum laude JD from GW,s National Law Center. Today, he is working on the organization that will elect our next president, Americans Elect Powered by Grassroots Enterprise AAPC — The American Association of Political Consultants[...]
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Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:26:16 PSTNormally when you see one or two butterflies it is a cool experience. They are such beautiful creatures and a symbol of transformation for many. Imagine being surrounded by thousands of th(image) em! This past weekend I was fortunate to go to a butterfly sanctuary where millions of the monarch butterflies migrate every year. We road horses up into the forest and there they were all nestled in the trees. There were so many that you could hear the sound of their collective wings flapping. Once the sun broke through the trees they started to fly around. It was one of the most naturally beautiful things I have ever seen. Breathtaking....
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Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:10:58 PST(image) Many relationships in my life have changed this year. One in particular was my relationship to stuff. Backpacking through Latin America the year before taught me great lessons about how much we really need to get by.
Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:20:54 PSTThis year I have been fortunate to visit many of the beaches of Mexico. Here is a little summary of my experiences and suggestions in ranked order.
Tue, 02 Nov 2010 21:20:37 PDTGreat use of creative drawing which engages the audience and reinforces an important message.
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Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:07:40 PDTHere is a good article on the neighborhood I call home here in Mexico City:
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:33:47 PDT34 Little Ways to Share With the World Posted: 05 Apr 2010 02:43 PM PDT Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. As kids, we’re taught that sharing is good, and yet competition is what is really drilled into us. We compete for profits, positions in a corporation, status symbols, space. We’re tearing each other down instead of building each other up. A culture of sharing has always existed, from the earliest tribal times, and it’s seeing a resurgence on the Internet these days. This is a good thing. I’ve written many times before about helping others, developing an attitude of giving and compassion, and having faith in humanity. As have many others. But now we’re going to look at where the rubber meets the road: how you can start sharing today. Build communities, beautiful public spaces, stop thinking about private property and how you can build fences, and start thinking about ways to use common resources to reduce wastefulness and to start tearing down those fences. Here are some ideas to get you started: Help an entrepreneur with a Kiva donation.Volunteer your services with a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity organization.Donate money, food, or others goods to charity.Bake cookies or brownies and share with a neighbor.Put your favorite recipes on a blog and share with the world.Volunteer your expertise (whatever it is) to the world, and give those services to anyone who needs them.Give step-by-step instructions for doing something valuable you know how to do, online, for all to read.Give your books away to friends or charities.Start a community garden in your neighborhood, or contribute to an existing one.Start a CSA, or become a member of one that exists.Become a member of Freecycle, and participate.Join or form, and participate in a cooperative (food, bikes, books, housing, more).Give people a ride in your car. Carpool.Let strangers use your car when you don’t need it.Hold potlucks every week, rotating among friends/family.Look into co-housing.If you own copyrighted work, uncopyright it.Perform random acts of kindness.When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward instead.Contribute code to Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS).Donate money to a small programmer who has created FOSS, or buy shareware.Clean up a park near you.Sign up, participate, and contribute to bike sharing, car sharing, and other sharing organizations.Help transform streets back into public spaces meant to be shared by everyone. (more)If you’re in southern California, check out Neighborgoods.Borrow and lend things in your neighborhood by using Share Some Sugar.Barter via Craigslist. Or try u-exchange, trashbank, care to trade, trade a favor, or joe barter.Share your tips with others online or through a free ebook.Create great software and give it to the world for free.Smile. Be compassionate in all human transactions.Invest in a friend who wants to start her own business. Don’t ask for the money back for at least a few years.Make things, and give them to people.Read to the blind, help the elderly, assist those with disabilities.Start or contribute to a tool-lending library in your neighborhood. This list is only to get you started. The ways you can share and make this world a better place, today, is limited only by your imagination. Post inspired by Sharable, an amazing amazing site.[...]
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