How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

I am so freaking lucky that I was able to score these tickets to sold out performances by Martha Argerich and Daniil Trifonov. (Argerich was sold out on the day box office opened!) I only learned about her recently - she is rated as #1 pianist! My mom, a piano teacher, did not know about her either but after I sent her some videos, she asked that I clap extra for her tonight. :) She will be playing with an Italian orchestra - which is extra fun for me. And it looks like there will be a live transmission of the concert.

I first saw Trifonov after he won the Tchaikovsky competition and also really looking forward to his performance.

P.S.: Look at this photo of Martha Argerich from 1971. She is such a feline!

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Speaking of Dogs

I admire how some people are very observant. To notice little things requires presence. And when such people are artistic and can share what they notice, their creations are the most wonderful thing. These dogs looking over their shoulder, for example - how cool to be able to notice and capture that look. My favorites are #2 and #5, but I love them all.

All Aboard

Excited about going on Greenpeace ship tomorrow! Above is my photo from 2011 when I noticed it floating by. Also, it is Open House New York time. I have a few places I want to see, so it will be a busy weekend.

P.S.: I updated my meditation journal here.

Ready to Forgive Wes Anderson

I've had a beef with Wes Anderson. His movies are great but several times I got burned on scenes where something bad happens to the dogs. Jokingly bad, but still bad. But with the Isle of Dogs, I might forgive him after all.


Sufjan posted this today. Love the sad lyrics about his Mom and a lake monster and a Native American chief. This is especially timely as I am about to travel to the area where another famed chief is buried.

On News

In my meditation journey, I went through a period where I felt a sense of overwhelm in daily life. It felt like little things were too much - there were so many of them and I could not possibly succeed in doing them all.

Another development was sensing internal energy and a great interest in therapeutic ways of working with it. As I've been discovering and experimenting with various methods, I found a state of being that feels like a glass of calm clean water. When I am in that state, my days go very different. There is no desire to watch or read anything, to distract myself with something online. Such activities feel like something that would pollute and cloud the water, they feel extraneous.

While the "clean water" feeling is particularly strong on certain days, it also tends to influence my life in general. For example, I might have mentioned here how it would be nice to stay away from news. I've had long stretches of time where I've been able to follow that, especially after the current president got elected - the news feed got particularly ridiculous. But, unfortunately, quite often there were such horrendous events happening, I could not help but read about them and then read some more and then keep clicking to see if there are any updates. One feels tempted to watch the horrific footage of witnesses from cell phone cameras, the descriptions of victims, etc.

However, I came to realize that this obsessive behavior is not healthy. And, actually, most news feeds / sites / alerts are not good for us. The sense of overwhelm I had made me rethink what I want to let in my life. If I were to break down what news is - it is a stream of energy and, this day and age, it is very negative energy. The news outlets make money if they get more viewers / readers and the best way to attract general population is by putting up something shocking and fear generating. Fear is a powerful emotion that would make one keep coming back.

So, I quit the news for good. The only thing I check regularly is Veg News, because I love observing how veganism is spreading. Also, some events still get to me through word of the mouth. For example, within the last two weeks people told me about the following: shooting in Vegas, Tom Petty maybe died (and then died for real), and hurricane is coming to Louisiana. About two factual sentences for each without any additional and constant analysis, details, speculation.

But what about activism? Any situations that I might possibly get involved with in any way, tend to get to me somehow. For example, I get e-mails from charities when extra donations are needed here or there or e-mails about activities like the Animal Rights March. So I feel like I am not missing out there.

As a result, I don't get that sense of overwhelm lately and would love to keep it that way by guarding my senses so that the water stays calm and clear. Having control over whether I want to allow unnecessary negativity in my life is also a great tool in spiritual development. Highly recommended!

The Best Thing on the Interwebs

I found the best thing on the Internet and after seeing it, I feel like I can move on. Internet is no longer addictive since I've seen the best and there is no need to search for anything that would top that. So, goodbye, Internet! From now on I intend to use you as a tool only. :)

How Did I Miss This?

I got to see a lot during Bushwick Open Studios, however, did not get to experience this in person (must find it next year!):

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Best Art Event of the Year

Reminder, the best art event of the year is happening this weekend - Bushwick Open Studios, where you get to see where artists create! My recap from previous year is here.

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Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

Hope you can make it to the Coastal Cleanup event this Saturday. Here is my previous post about it with tips on what to bring.

Can't make it? There is still plenty you can do, like saying no to plastic straws, plastic bags and doing a 5-minute cleanup every time you are in nature.

Skip the straw