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Mark Matousek

The Optimist's Manifesto

Mark Matousek | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Optimists are people who know what matters. Optimism does not mean believing that only good things will happen. It means that, regardless of what happens, you will make the most of it.

You Are a Genius: 5 Steps to Creative Freedom

Mark Matousek | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

There are genius nurses, genius firemen, genius parents and genius accountants. Genius relates to the how even more than to the what. When we bring light to the world -- when our actions increase beauty, truth and love -- we know that we're following our genius.

In the Realm of the Senses: The SAND 2013 Conference

Mark Matousek | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

All of our conflicts (and suffering) stem from the fact that no two people perceive the same reality with their senses. This is why spiritual practice aims at releasing the human mind from the delusion of separateness caused by sensory interpretation.

Gotham Salon: "The East," An Eco Thriller

Catherine Ingram | Posted 07.29.2013 | Entertainment
Catherine Ingram

What is the appropriate moral response to grave injustice? When do ends justify means, and when, if ever, is violence the right solution for addressing social wrongs? These are the compelling questions addressed in Zal Batmanglij's riveting new film, The East.

Gotham Salon: Eve Ensler's New Book

Catherine Ingram | Posted 07.21.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

We think her new book, In the Body of the World, is her best work yet. It chronicles her journey through metastatic stage IV cancer and her recognition of "illness as metaphor" for the cancers of greed, ignorance and violence that are consuming the world.

Dharma Salon: Leonard Cohen at Radio City Music Hall

Catherine Ingram | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

It is heartening to know that in this time of spectacle and trivia, of celebrity voyeurism and gangsta rap, there are still plenty of those who are moved by what can only be described as a class act.

Dharma Salon: The Warhol Exhibit at the Met

Catherine Ingram | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Catherine Ingram

Warhol's peculiar, vapid genius, along with his obsessions with fame, money, and youth, presaged Facebook, American Idol, the Kardashians, and the thousands of online and print organs dedicated to trumpeting every blasphemous burble and trivial pursuit of celebrities.

The House Is Sold - We Have Moved

Esmeralda Williamson-Noble | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Esmeralda Williamson-Noble

I liked our new home. Granted, we didn't own it, we were renting it. But for now it was our home. It was a small ranch; less than half the size of the...