Archive for October, 2010

The Real Price of Food – Raj Patel

College of the Atlantic’s food conference Food for Thought, Time for Action: Sustainable food, farming and fisheries for the 21st century. Keynote speaker Patel is a visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and a fellow at the Food First Institute of Food and Development Policy in Oakland, CA.


My little piece of privacy

Artist/inventor Nicklas Roy has a storefront workshop in Berlin. He rigged a little curtain in the front window to follow people passing by on the sidewalk.

Via Neatorama


All Creative Work Is Derivative

All creative work builds on what came before.

Photographed and animated by Nina Paley. Music by Todd Michaelsen


Questions that indigenous people ask…

I was listening to a podcast the other day and the speaker made a reference to something that caused me to pause the podcast and pause my thoughts.

He quoted something Angeles Arrien once wrote/said.

When I heard the words in the podcast I stopped what I was doing and googled her and I amazoned her. I wanted to know more about this person and what she knew, said, thought, and felt.

Below is the quote I heard on the podcast.

Here are questions that indigenous peoples use daily as they recognize each day is a gift.

If you are disturbed or depressed or dispirited, people will say to you:

  • Where in your life did you stop singing?
  • Where in your life did you stop dancing?
  • Where in your life did you stop being enchanted by stories — especially your own story?
  • Where in your life did you stop being comfortable with the sweet territory of silence?

From Angeles Arrien


Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.


Let your voice be heard

When I read my poems to groups the first thing they ask me is:

  • Have you published your poems?

The second things they tell me is:

  • You should offer an audio version of your poems.

Well, I can now offer them both. A book version and an audio version of my poems on

I recently created an audio CD version of my two books of poetry.

Thought Bubbles (audio CD)

Just Sitting on the Edge of My Mind… Listening (audio CD)


Chuck Close’s Advice to Artists During a Crisis

The contemporary artist says the best time to make art is when everyone thinks art is dead.


Madness as Muse

Jamison dispels some of the romance surrounding the life of the depressed artist, and argues that its possible to treat mental illness without losing creative impulses.