These days I’m a lot less likely to call people crazy, even if they are, and that’s because I have a sense of what the word really means. Many years after Neil Diamond and Grandma Prisbrey and the mustached bagel lady, my severely depressed brain and I walked right up to the shoreline of bona fide clinical madness. I dipped a couple of toes in the water to feel it, and I thought very seriously about jumping into the cold, dark, murky, depths. That certainly would have been easier than the alternative: exerting the strenuous emotional and spiritual effort to turn my back to the water and trudge back through the thick, hot beach sand littered with the sharp, fragmented shards of my ego, my dignity, and my sense of who I was. I stood on that shoreline for many months, all the while vacillating over which direction I should turn. There were days when I wanted to take that plunge because it was easier, because it would be far less painful and take a lot less effort than walking barefoot through the sand. But each time I felt like giving in, each time I stripped myself down and prepared to dive into the abyss, I chickened out. I couldn’t do it. I had no choice but to turn around, gird myself, and go for it.
It was hard to tell whether I was walking away from the darkness or toward something beyond the beach, but no matter the impetus, trekking across the sand was more grueling and exasperating than anything I’d ever done. I wept, I fell, I bled. Turns out it takes balls to go nuts, but it takes even bigger balls to fight back.
- Danny Evans, Rage Against the Meshugenah Read more
A series of free downloadable five minute podcasts- audio and video. Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus shows you how to flow, while keeping it fast, funky, fresh, fun & creative. Check it out on iTunes & let me know what you think.
People ask me all the time, “Why are you so happy?” When I reply with “No reason,” they assume I’m being coy, but that’s hardly it- I’m simply telling it like it is. I know how to be happy for no reason. Read more
A deeply relaxing 10 minute guided meditation with music and images/sounds of the ocean.
After dinner indulgence is no longer a luxury you need to deny yourself. Research has long shown that wine¹ and chocolate increase your cognitive capacities, but newer research is suggesting that the benefits will pack more of a punch when the two are paired together. Read more
When you know you are a just a disco party
of cells that came together for a time,
you’ll live like the blazing sphere you are,
and dance with the spheres around you.
- Tara Sophia Mohr
Join us on Friday night, June 10 at Gramercy Theatre as we rock out for girls’ education worldwide during Internet Week New York! The 2nd annual GIRLS WHO ROCK concert benefiting She’s the First, a New York-based nonprofit, will fundraise for the sponsorship of girls at the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda, where less than 25% of girls graduate secondary school. In bringing together the most dedicated voices in music, media, technology, and design for the cause, GIRLS WHO ROCK has been praised on glamour.com, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, NBC New York, The Huffington Post, and more. Read more
On October 29, 1941, Winston Churchill delivered the the shortest commencement speech on record to the boys at Harrow School. The speech was as follows:
‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.’
It has often been shortened to five words: “Never, never, never, give up.”