Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
i've been feeling like my body needs a reset; this month is my reset! sunday, i started the clean program. the first week its basically just "a dietary protocol that removes foods and ingredients from your diet that are known to cause food allergies, food sensitivities, and disruptions in the digestive process".
it already feels good. i can't tell if its just in my head or real, but i just feel less hungry and less heavy. i don't know how to explain it. but i thought i'd introduce yall to what i'm doing. i am going to track some of the process here.
i went to the farmers market sunday and stocked up. it was cool because i eschewed my normal trappings of the cheese&bread-wallas and found a huge table of crazy mushrooms. (i will take my camera next week and get the name). so, now i've got a funky mushroom risotto to make . . . its fun to limit myself and have to explore new options in food.
its also cool because it feels like it gave me some weird permission to get yummy snacks . . . dried mangos, pepitas, gorp, etc. i wonder why i don't eat like this all the time?
the other thing the clean-program-shopping-spree brought home was calm & relaxed. i spotted the jar to the left and thought, "i need those feelings more" and bought it.
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
this is what the email said:
I'm sure some of you have already heard the music coming from the second floor warehouse on 5th St NE over the last 8 monhts...just above Bini's Security Ironworks. The music you've heard is from a public arts space called Hole in the Sky Art Collective. We have recently taken a break from doing art events to renovate and come up to fire safety code and other city compliance. We are very happy to do this because safety is an absolute priority to us. We started renting the space in May of 2010 and were certainly underprepared to take on such a huge project, but we've had so much community support and energy behind the project that things are well in motion. We've learned a lot over the last 8 months about the positives and negatives to running an art space and we're redesigning not only the physical space of Hole in the Sky but the ideological approach to a space like Hole in the Sky.
I wanted to keep the neighborhood updated for a few reasons:
1. We are determined to make Hole in the Sky a multi-use/multi-dimensional art space. We have mainly hosted music shows but our new efforts will be geared towards music and arts education (we have three teachers living and working here to help with program development) and supporting independent artists and musicians in DC. We will continue to do public evening music events but with much less frequency.
2. We want to build a relationship of trust and transparency with the neighborhood. We have previously lacked promotion and organization, mainly because we've just been so darn busy and trying to do too many things at once! But we're here as a resource and opportunity for ourselves and each other.
3. We want to get your ideas! What would you like to see in a community art space?? Do you want to come over and check it out and take a look at things?? We'd love to hear your feedback.
A few of the specific projects we're doing are more thoroughly described on our website: www.holeintheskydc.org -- please check it out and give us feedback or ideas you may have. We are truly a collective so if you have something that you want to SEE happen then let's MAKE it happen.
Lastly, we are taking donations for Hole in the Sky's development. We are not incorporated as a non-profit currently, but we have qualified people helping us to pursue that over the summer. Also, we have made promises to keep anyone who donates up to date on the progress and goals of the space. We are really in the exciting beginning stages of a lot of things, and yes, all of us involved have one or two other jobs to pay rent for the building, so we're stretched quite thin in terms of financing. But we're resourceful and have the know-how to do everything we've laid out plans for.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you may have to offer!
Cheers and we'll be in touch.
Sora, Lucas, Nathan, Jeff, Meagan, Jaime, Haley, Ashley
Sunday, 13 March 2011
i'm extremely disgusted by the cult of celebrity that has engulfed out country. we know WAY too much about the dysfunctions of a handful of, mostly, narcissistic attention whores. we feed their narcissism, or in other cases invade their privacy, so that we can get our jollies from understanding the "lifestyles of the rich and famous". these people we spend so much media attention, money, and time on do very little to help society. in fact, they normalize some destructive behaviours.
not all celebrities are bad: obviously. but those few who see their job as art and work to do what artists have always done, which is point out the flaws and reality of current culture are less appreciated and often less stalked by the media.
why do so many americans enjoy watching the nonsensical rants of a man who is clearly in the midst of a psychotic episode? why are we lifting up the illness as entertainment, rather than helping a man in need get help?
and why, for heaven's sake, are we spending so much more time on lindsay lohan's drug problems or charlie sheen's latest psychotic rant, or mel gibson's hate filled xenophobic rants? we give these sick and demented people a stage. they are able to spew their hate or addiction, or sometimes just melt down right in front of us. and for what reason? does it help our children live better lives? bring peace to our souls? answer plaguing questions of poverty, war, hate, dispair? NO this doesn't. it distracts of from actually facing the reality of life. that most of us are struggling to make ends meet, raise our children, keep our marriages or families healthy, healing our own wounds, and way more of us are missing family members who are fighting in protracted wars that seem to be quagmires larger than vietnam. but because we don't see the images of afghanistan in our face every night like we did with vietnam, we don't do anything.
the media feeds us a diet of ridiculous celebrity gossip and ignores some of the most relevant stories of our day. yeah, 2011 feels a bit like 1968, but only to those paying attention. it is hard for us to find any news source that will really help us to see what is really going on in the world or our country. instead there is ridiculous prognosticating about which of the pool of losers will finally announce he is running for GOP presidential nominee or celebrity muck, or distorted lies about health reform or how budgets are "balanced" by removing collective bargaining right.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
please listen to/read this story. i haven't read the book, but i am hoping that my bookclub will choose it soon. :)
we blow off paul's clear admonition not to marry and the Judaic Law's insistence that we stone the un-virgin bride, yet hold doggedly to the vague references in the old testament that homosexuality is not of God. how do we make these decisions?
oh, and after reading/writing about this, i decided to go to lds.org and see what the top hits about sex are. the following video is #3. please check it out. i really mean no offense, but doesn't the guy at 1:00 seem like he is trying to convince himself that being gay is bad? (hey gay boyfriends, and all other friends in SLC, can you please find him and tell him that God loves Him no matter what his sexuality is?)
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Saturday, 5 March 2011
Eckington, District of Columbia
Thursday, 3 March 2011
- getting rid of the bush tax cuts
- getting rid of the tax cuts for oil companies
- public union bargaining
- taxing millionaires
By Stephen Ohlemacher
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; A13
Every dollar that the Internal Revenue Service spends on audits, liens and property seizures from tax cheats brings in more than $10, a rate of return so good that the Obama administration wants to boost the agency's budget.
But House Republicans, wary of the too-heavy hand of government, differ. They voted to cut the IRS budget by $600 million this year and want bigger cuts in 2012.
The IRS has dramatically increased its pursuit of tax cheats in the past decade. Audits are up, property liens are up, and asset seizures are way up. President Obama and Democrats in Congress see stepped-up enforcement as a good way to narrow the nation's budget deficit without raising taxes or cutting popular programs.
"It makes little sense to cut the agency that collects revenue," said Rep. Jose E. Serrano (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House subcommittee that oversees the IRS budget.
Republicans, however, see the IRS as an ideal target for their promise to reduce government spending, in part because the agency will play a big role in implementing the new health-care law.
But the budget cuts go deeper than health care, reflecting GOP concerns about an agency that affects nearly every business and adult in the nation.
"We're hearing from small businesses a repeat of the horror stories from more than 10 years ago," said Rep. Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on select revenue measures. "I think you will see House Republicans have a real discussion about the role of the IRS in this country."
- Associated Press
this is mind blowing!!!
thank-you rachel maddow!!