Monday, December 14, 2015

Banksy love, life as a refugee, and wise words from James Baldwin!

THIS is the reason Bansky is still one of my favorite contemporary artists!
 "The son of a migrant from Syria" (yes, that's Steve Jobs people).

Migrant Life in Calais' Jungle Refugee Camp is a brilliant photo essay that should not be missed.

Below is my tribute to Bansky-- Chicago, circa 2007. 

And lastly, a wise word from James Baldwin: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

Monday, December 7, 2015

Neat list-December

                                      I took these photos at a Day of the Dead celebration 
I attended here in Providence RI Nov 2015
I recently saw THIS sweet short student film celebrating Dia de los Muertos

I've been thinking a lot about the current Paris climate talks and the ways in which climate change is threatening ALL of us. These features were specially moving: 1. The Marshall Islands are Disappearing 2. Facing Rising Waters, a Native Tribe Takes Its Plea to Paris Climate Talks 3. Rising Sea Levels Threaten Tiny Islands Home Indigenous Panamanians

I was heartened after seeing Brandalism's Campaing HERE AND HERE

THIS commencement speech by John Waters made me so happy!! (I, too, belong to Waters' tribe of "filth elders")

And then, Nina Simone! Need I say more?!

This list from the Ace Hotel Blog :)

Check out Down the Stream about the "hopes and dream of children growing up in boats in Vietnam's Mekong Delta"

Leo Babauta on "The Joy of letting go of stress"

My friend Julia turned me on Nneka's Book of Job  

I've been following stories on teaching grit and found this awesome report about the Menominee Nation 

Finally, we were enthralled looking at THIS performance by Das Triadische Ballet :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blown away! Wendell Berry's "The Pleasure of Eating"

Wendell Berry's essay "The Pleasure of Eating" articulates many of the things I often think about. Berry articulates these ideas brilliantly, of course! Here are a few of the sentences/ideas that just blew me away!

"I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth." 

"The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption."

"When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of amnesia that is misleading and dangerous." 

"There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom."

"The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition."

"One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."

"The trap is the ideal of industrialism: a walled city surrounded by valves that let merchandise in but no consciousness out." 

"How does one escape this trap? Only voluntarily, the same way that one went in: by restoring one's consciousness of what is involved in eating; by reclaiming one's responsibility for one's own part in the food economy."

" we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." 

"The industrial farm is said to have been patterned on the factory production line. In practice, it looks more like a concentration camp." 

"The pleasure of eating, then, maybe the best available standard of our health."

"Eating with the fullest pleasure--pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance--is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world."

**P.S. Just the other day I watched with delight "Cook it Yourself" --a short video narrated by Michael Pollan.