Archive for September, 2009

Bill Gross: Great ideas for finding new energy

Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab, talks about his life as an inventor, starting with his high-school company selling solar energy plans and kits. Learn here about a groundbreaking system for solar cells — and some questions we haven’t yet solved.


Antony And The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone

This song is a great example of combining music with passion and emotional honesty.



Tagore Quote

“I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung.”

– Tagore


Ornamental grasses

I attended an interesting workshop last night on ornamental grasses.

My appreciation for grasses has been expanded 10 fold.

I have a no maintenance yard. I let it grow wild because its the desert. Why waste water trying to make it something its not.

There are people at the workshop who dream of doing such a thing.

They call it a Prairie Garden.

True, their dream of a Prarie Garden has more intention and human intervention than my yard does but still…

So I can now hold my head high and say my yard is a Prairie Garden and I know the name of one of the grasses that grows wild in my yard.

The rest of the world is catching up to my intuition, yeah.


The Lessons of Death and Dying

Trailer for SOLACE: Wisdom of the Dying



Talk about living light… walking for 22 years with just a pack on your back…

John Francis lived a wild adventure and wrote a book about it. Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.

The book gives the details of an interesting life but the book is NOT a well told story.

The book is more like a dry diary. I wish he told more stories of what happened instead of the linear facts of what happened. I wish he told more about his thoughts and feelings along the way. So much potential was missed. Oh well….

For other books in this genre check out:

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim


A Politician with a Sense of Humor?

A sleepover with the Prime Minister of Canada.


A drop of sunshine

Today I listened to the September 10, 2009 episode of “The Writer’s Almanac” podcast.

It featured some writings from the poet Mary Oliver.

Just hearing these words was like a drop of sunshine on a gray and rainy day.

Mary Oliver wrote: “Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective.”

And she wrote:

“My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.

Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me
Keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.”

—from “Messenger” in Thirst (2006), first appeared in Nature and Spirituality


What music inspires you?

I just saw a great documentary called “Les Paul – Chasing Sound.”

It’s a great story of Les Paul and Mary Ford.

I highly recommend it.

Biography is a great way to study history and the human condition.


Anais Nin Quote

“It is the function of art to renew our perception.

What we are familiar with we cease to see.

The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”

– Anais Nin