Bernie Sanders Poster

Love. This. Poster.

The poster, designed by artist Aled Lewis, reflects what I most admire about the Bernie Sanders campaign theme: working together for the greater good!

The Bernie Sanders Poster

“I’ve said it since day one: this campaign is not about me, it’s about you. If we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.” -Bernie Sanders-

Mujeres Indígenas: Resistencia y Respuesta

Mujer_Indigena“La violencia que sufren hoy las mujeres indígenas tiene múltiples dimensiones: sociales, políticas, económicas, culturales o familiares, donde la condición de género constituye un agravante.

La elevada conflictividad social que genera la explotación de los recursos naturales en los territorios indígenas, las situaciones de conflicto y pos conflicto, los desplazamientos forzosos, la pérdida de los territorios, la pobreza, derivan en una violencia estructural hacia las mujeres indígenas.

Pero las mujeres indígenas no son únicamente víctimas de la violencia, sino que son también un símbolo de resistencia y de respuesta, hecho que se manifiesta en el liderazgo de las mujeres en el reclamo por de sus territorios.”

– Ponencia de la Sra. Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana, Representante Regional del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, durante el VII Encuentro Continental de Mujeres Indígenas de las Américas. Guatemala, 17 noviembre 2015. Lea el discurso completo.

 

Mindfulness: The Antidote for Perfectionism

Sunset Berries“We all benefit when we take a few moments to focus our attention (without expecting stillness). Or settle our busy minds (without expecting stress to go away completely). Or build awareness of the assumptions and habits that drive us (without blaming ourselves for those tendencies in the first place). Or develop more compassion in our lives (even though some people absolutely, totally annoy us).

There’s no perfect. If you’re practicing mindfulness and judging yourself, notice that habit. If you have a false perception that you can ever be perfect, you’ll end up even more stressed. Be aware of that idealistic picture, and then let it go. You’re flawed and so is everyone else, but when you aim for improvement, everyone benefits. Mindfulness isn’t perfectionism—it’s the antidote for perfectionism instead.”

Mark Bertin, Mindfulness: The Antidote for Perfectionism

My addiction

It’s the simple things in life that make me happy. An iced americano (four espresso shots over ice, with a dash of raw sugar and a touch of half & half) at one of my favorite N.Y. cafes, the Peekskill Coffee House!

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“I went out the kitchen to make coffee – yards of coffee.
Rich, strong, bitter, boiling hot, ruthless, depraved. The life blood of tired men.”

― from The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler ―

“The Autumn,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fall_leaf“Go, sit upon the lofty hill,

And turn your eyes around,

Where waving woods and waters wild

Do hymn an autumn sound.

The summer sun is faint on them —

The summer flowers depart —

Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,

Except your musing heart.”

— from “The Autumn,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Fall feels right

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For someone who’s life is in transition… Fall feels right.

The crisp air and brisk breeze whisper: “don’t linger in any one place too long.”

The colored leaves burning brightly on the trees cry out: “all is change and impermanence.”

The shortened days, cut by night’s sharp edge, warn before fading: “life is all-too-brief. Live intentionally, if not urgently.”

Fall feels right.