First time on the hang drum.
Always look ahead. Never back.
169 years ago a woman named Elizabeth Cady Stanton asked some of her female friends (and some women she didn't know, she advertised the meeting in the local paper) to join her for tea to discuss "women's rights in America," their conversation in Seneca Falls was one of the first of its kind in the country and it sparked a revolution. After all America had fought hard for its independence and for its citizens to have their rights, but these rights were only being extended to a portion of its inhabitants, white males. What about the women? What about their right to vote, own land, get an education and have their INTERESTS REPRESENTED BY THEIR GOVERNMENT. From the suffragettes to the civil rights movement, and still today we march. Still today we must be vigilant and demand to be taken seriously. To be heard. To be recognized. To the women and men around the world who marched (because this is not only an American issue but a global one): thank you. I am with you in spirit. WOMEN'S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. #powertothepeople 👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿
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Dear @restaurantlocavore thank you for the best 7 amouse-bouche courses, plus 7 vegetarian tasting dishes, plus coconut flat bread, plus totally unique and stunning mixology pairing cocktails, plus a pre-desert, single dessert and post dessert I have ever had. That. Was. Incredible.
Vas-y. (📸 by @halfadams ) #Bali #honeymoonin
And the beauty continues.
... as promised.
A page from David Foster Wallace's essay on "Authority and American Usage" from his book "Consider the Lobster". Which inspired and challenged me. What is a "Democratic Spirit"? Why do you we expect a DS to be innate to the citizens of said democracy? Is being a citizen of a democracy simply defined by being born of a country and being proud of it and its legacy and kicking up our heels on the hard fought, hard won freedoms of our predecessors and activists? Or is It a call to action? Is it an awakening, daily? A mindful practice in the meditation and participation in a massive countrywide experiment? It is a listening and a quiet patience supported by a fierce and passionate belief in the value of the rights of all human beings and members of the democracy (those hoping to gain entrance to, those born of, and those interacting with?) and why is this SO DIFFICULT TO LIVE UP TO? (Don't worry I'll totally post something soon like a beautiful sunset or a palm tree or something nice and a lot less... *insert description of whatever you felt about the above
The Heart of the School. The double helix building at the center of @greenschoolbali
What an incredible vision, What an incredible community and what an incredible promise to our children and our future. Thank you @greenschoolbali for sharing your philosophies with us, and for sharing your work with us. It is truly inspiring.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. (the hate speech is so loud these days in America. From both sides of the country and in both sides of the line. In the middle and north and south of it. Liberals and conservatives. We are all becoming more and more convinced and concretized in the belief that we are right and only we are right. That there is one way to move forward in this country. There is so much of me that is afraid to listen to another side of the story because so much of that story is steeped in hate. I cannot value hate. Why would I? Where does it lead? But I can value another's experience. I can listen and empathize with the suffering of others. As long as they (and I) speak with open hearts. Open minds. With the unified goal of caring for one another. All of us. Building this future for our children with love. That I can do. That is what we love people like #mlk for doing. That is what love does.)
Try something new everyday.
Day 2. Bali. Climbed Batur to see the sun rise, were now making eggs on the steam from the volcano. Pretty okay morning. Report more soon.
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T.E Lawrence Photo taken today by @halfadams quote sent today by @babarpeerzada
"Oh crap, are bananas gluten-free?"