Sometime I feel like, may be I am so much weird and I should start being normal like other human beings around me. Sometime I feel like may be I should stop being like a hippy and start giving respect to a status quo. Sometime I feel like may be I should start acting like an elite and wear, eat, sleep and act in a certain way. Sometime I feel like may be I should stop making fun of myself for entertaining people around me. Sometime I feel like may be I should start giving damn to what people think about me. When I feel so much of these things- I find a place to watch the sunset. I dig my feet into a soil that has rebirthed itself a million times over. I listened to the sound of leaves as they decide whether or not it is time to descend from their branches. It is hard to describe the comfort I feel when sitting with something I trust will always be here even when I will not be. How remarkable it is to know that so many have watched the same sunset before me. How the wind can carry pollen and drop it somewhere it has never been. How the leaves have always become the soil that then become the leaves again. How may be I am not so different from those leaves. How may be I am always being reborn to something more beautiful than I once was. How may be that’s what waking up each morning is. A reminder that I am born with the same atoms as every plants,and birds, and mountain, and oceans, and galaxies around me. And may be that I don’t really exist in this world. Going into these deep thinkings then makes me realize that life is too damn short and too damn long to act like a normal human being, to follow the status quo, to not entertain people around me, to act like an elite and to give a damn about what people think about me. Understanding that my time is limited in this planet for watching the sunset has always helped me to take some of the best decisions of my life. ?
I myself have been there a couple of times. So I know how it feels like. If any of you on my friend list as well ever need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll also never ever be upset if you make me your 2 am phone call. Trust me, I will be a good listener, and will not judge you. ❤️
“How can meditation and yoga stop or even reverse the course of Alzheimer’s? They set the mind on an inward journey where the risk factors that precipitate the disease are formed. This bridging of the old and new creates an imperative paradigm shift in our perspective toward Alzheimer’s disease management. ‘Why Buddha Never Had Alzheimer’s’ is precisely what is needed to cause a drastic and necessary revolution in medical care.” – from Book Authority
It was a busy day today. The kind of busy I relish, as I worked various media outlets on behalf of an author and revered physician who has written an extraordinary book extolling the virtues of yoga, meditation and music as healing remedies for those suffering from Alzheimer’s. And as I was in the midst of these activities, Bach – glorious Bach – was in the background. For me, that music goes deep into my spirit, and is always a kind of healing in its own right. I am anticipating important media coverage for Dr. Shuvendu Sen and his wonderful book, “WHY BUDDHA NEVER HAD ALZHEIMER’S: A Holistic Treatment Approach through Meditation, Yoga & the Arts.” Stay tuned.
My mother’s in a rehab/nursing home facility. I visited her last week and saw this – they have a VR program for the elderly. How cool is that? I’ve always had my doubts about long-term viability of VR as a gaming platform, but for other, non-gaming uses it’s very cool.
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The bizarre denialism of some on the left and right about Russiagate doesn’t bode well for the future of American politics.
When it comes to the Russiagate scandal, progressives usually take one of two positions.
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It all started here. Read about the rise of the early Austin film scene and cinema studies in the new book “CinemaTexas Notes – The Early Days of Austin Film Culture,” co-edited by RTF alumni Louis Black and Collins Swords. RTF Professor and former CinemaTexas programmer Charles Ramirez Berg penned the introduction, and two of his early essays are included in the collection.
Before SXSW and the Austin Film Festival, back in the early 1970s, #UTRTF students ran a film programming unit that screened movies for students and the public. Dubbed CinemaTexas, the program offered viewers a wide variety of films—old and new, mainstream, classic, and cult—at a time when finding and watching films after their first run was very difficult and prohibitively expensive. For each film, RTF graduate students wrote program notes that included production details, a sampling of critical reactions, and an original essay that placed the film and its director within context and explained the movie’s historical significance. Over time, CinemaTexas Program Notes became more ambitious and were distributed around the world, including to luminaries such as film critic Pauline Kael.
This anthology gathers a sampling of CinemaTexas Program Notes, organized into four sections: “USA Film History,” “Hollywood Auteurs,” “Cinema-Fist: Renegade Talents,” and “America’s Shadow Cinema.” Many of the note writers have become prominent film studies scholars, as well as leading figures in the film, TV, music, and video game industries. As a collection, CinemaTexas Notes strongly contradicts the notion of an effortlessly formed American film canon, showing instead how local film cultures—whether in Austin, New York, or Europe—have forwarded the development of film studies as a discipline.
–with Marjorie Baumgarten, Warren Spector, Marie Mahoney, Ellen Draper, Valentin Almendarez III
–with Moody College of Communication – UT Austin
three day streak…going to the place to do the thing…i actually did all five days last week as well. I finished “Time Travel” by James Gleick which is just marvelous and really a must read. I also finished Hawksmoor and “Ways of Seeing”. As you can see I am slowly closing in on my primary objective which is growing my brain so that I can read at a good speed (nearly my old university speed) and just generally being able to navigate the rather complex contemporary landscape. I do about 30min on the elipse, which is about the same as a forty minute walk around the neighborhood. also yoga, foam roller, lush/shower (exfoliate is good) Before my doctor said “no” (because of my neck) I used to jump rope which is really the best and connects to kid self. Riding the bike is also great. For me working out gives me the confidence to ride a bike or take public transportation into the city to the museum by myself or even just jump around working out some fresh new dance moves in my lair. It makes me way less grumpy and in general helps me sleep a bit.
( I do this all under the watchful eye and care of my team of doctors)