“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” // Vaclav Havel
In my mind, hope is far from optimism. Hope seems to come from a deeper place, feels more real, and helps explain why I get out of bed in the morning. Then again, words …
I hated high school. It was a four-year prison sentence, and I almost didn’t make it. Even though I have a master’s degree now, I think what saved me from dropping out back then and becoming a professional pothead was Nine Inch Nails. Can’t stand the band now, but at the time, I put all my angst and frustration during that 10-minute drive from my home to the …
Created by Jean-Louis Larrieu & Andrew Nakajima // Music by @devongundry
This video trailer for the SoulPancake book featured on Rachael Ray this week when Rainn visited Rachael and made some tasty SoulPancakes! Yes, they had bacon in them. Mmmm.
TRY THE SOUL PANCAKE RECIPE!Ingredients
- 8 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla bean, split or …
I’ve lived in NYC so long that “hey baby” sounds like street noise to me. It just blends in with the traffic, jackhammers, and general cacophony of the urban environment. But you know what? If you think about it, it's unacceptable behavior. So check out with this youngster is doing to combat street harassment of women.
What are you doing to promote equality and respect …
When I hear the word "spirituality," I think of the condition that makes us realize we're more than just physical creatures crawling around the earth looking for food, sex, and shelter. I think of it as a connection to a higher power, whether it's God or a wild artistic dream or some sort of inner drive to leave our mark on the world.
Then I think about what the masters say about …
The only instance of redeeming value in that horribly overrated movie Donnie Darko was the haunting theme song, “Mad World” by Gary Jules. Even though I’m a big fan of New Wave, I never knew Tears of Fears did the original. Pleased to say Gary’s rendition was a vast improvement, and I’ve never bothered to replay the original.
List 3 covers that …
Here's another great conversation-sparker found on HuffPost: Pope Says Science Can Unite Humans With God
Let's forget the source of the message for a second. I want to know what you think.
Can scientific research lead to the knowledge of God?
What 3 things help you deal with a serious case of 'life'?
From the BrainLab:
2. Star Wars
3. Hot shower
First Seinfeld’s Marriage Ref, and now this–a social network for couples to post their conflicts and have the world wide web of weird comment and give advice.
What happened to the good ol’ days of venting to your best friend/therapist/hairdresser? Is it really helpful to have the whole world weigh in? Does all this open discourse about relationship issues …
Yes, for all intents and purposes this is just a video of a puppet coming to terms with her physical appearance. But the message is timeless—the importance of self-acceptance. And whether we are 7 or 70, there are always things we struggle to accept about ourselves.
What do you now accept about yourself that you used to find unacceptable?
List 3 things you didn't realize were on your bucket list until AFTER you did them.Here are some from the BrainLab: @shabster 1. Talk to an adult film actress about love and sex. 2. Drive on a road without a speed limit. 3. Get a pedicure from mini-carp fish. @PaulaC 1. Hike through Antelope Canyon, the most amazing, …
I’m a voracious reader and get starstruck by authors. Lucky for me, I live in an area that’s a hotbed of ideas—Brooklyn. Jhumpa Lahiri, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Interpreter of Maladies, lives in my neighborhood. I went to the farmer’s market on Saturday to buy some mussels, and who was in line in front of me? Her!
Oh no. Brain freeze. What to say? How to start …
// photo by Lydia Russo
Kudos to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for gathering their legions of fans in Washington, D.C., for the joint Rally to Restore Sanity and March to Keep Fear Alive. Even SoulPancake was there in spirit (with Matt Damon, apparently). In the spirit of the yin and yang of insanity and sanity, we challenge you to: