Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Here is a great panel discussion on Yoga and injuries.  William Broad wrote the controversial book The Science of Yoga.  Here he is with the widely known teachers of Forest Yoga, VinniYoga and Ashtanga Yoga.  An excellent discussion on yoga injury, teaching yoga and how it is perceived.

Yoga Shouldn't/Doesn't Hurt

Thursday, May 24, 2012

How to Use a Paper Towel

Saw this great short video on TED, don't have the link sorry.  But it taught me how to use less paper.  I have always been a 3 paper towel person at the sink.  Wasteful I know, but want my hands dry.  so  now I am a 1/2 paper towel person and still happy.

Instructions for drying hands:
1.  after done washing,   Shake the water off 12 times. (12 is a magic number)
2. take a 1/2 towel if you can and fold it in half. 
3.  dry

It is simply amazing that this works.  i will probably save several trees in my lifetime now.
Try it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The True Job Creators are Middle Class Consumers. Tax the Rich. It's Smart

TED video you weren't supposed to see

1.  Rich people do not create jobs Nor do businesses large and small.  They are created by a circle of life feedback loop between business and consumer.
2.  Hiring more people is a course of last resort for businesses.  Business do not create jobs unless there is a demand for their product, not because they have extra $$ in their coffers.  $$ does not spur investment in jobs unless there is demand.
3.  Who creates the demand??  People with  $$ to spend.
4.  When lowest tax rates and biggest tax breaks go to rich, the only thing that happens is that the rich get richer. 
5.  Since 1980, top 1% income has tripled (where do you think that money is coming from?) and their tax rate has dropped 50%.  If it were true that tax breaks for the rich increaased jobs, we would be drowning in jobs.
6. Language:  it's a small jump from  "job creator" to "creator".  The rich are making a claim on status and special privileges they deserve.
7.  35% top marginal rate on working income vs. the 15% rate on capitalist's carried interest, capital gains and dividends is kind of hard to justify without a kind of deification.
8. When the middle class thrives, businesses grown and hire, and owners profit.
9.  That's why taxing the rich paying for investments that benefits all is such a great  idea.

Beware the Wheat Belly

Wheat begets wheat.  Beware the wheat-belly.  It's addicting, it's bloating, it puts on weight.  We are all better off without today's high yield wheat.  But it is so yummy :-(

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wachusett 1

Had a day climbing our favorite mountain.  It was hot.  Not too hot.  Did not eat lunch before we left and ate trail mix and sweet potato chips at the top.  The uneasiness that ensued followed me throughout the walk down and through the day.  Eating a late dinner and low blood sugar makes me eat things I shouldn't and I still feel spaced and ungrounded.  Perception is so based on a healthy body and clear head.  I can barely think clearly after an ice coffee and too much junk food - Legals onion strings are delicious.  Awareness is not even near the surface when the cloud fills my head.  I just want to lie down and fall asleep reading a book, but it sounds as though there is a minor crisis brewing in the other room.  Must love family.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Dream just leads to dream.  There is no end to illusion.
                ..... character Leonard Prince on Fairly Legal

RISD New Materials Fashion Show

Fashion, music and saving the planet through recycling.  Here at her fashion show at RISD is IM's first design using recylced materials.  I probably played that skirt, I mean music, on the piano 25 years ago, and the albums that form the blouse, (term used lightly) filled my ears in the 70s.  Now they are a creative idea, a final product in a new materials class in fashion design.  Congratulations.   .....  Things we least expect.