Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.
The Oregon Public House, just like many around the city, will have its own beer, serve food and create the perfect environment to spend time with friends and family. It will, however, have one fundamental difference: it will be a nonprofit pub.
Today, it is a fact that America must innovate to compete in the new economy and society. But we cannot have innovation without creativity. And we cannot have an innovation region by just wishing it were so.
'People thought we were crazy to do this; they kept telling us that people didn’t have disposable income during a recession. But what we knew was that alcohol, movies and make-up don’t suffer during bad times.'
Could you live for a month relying on the generosity of strangers for food, shelter, transportation, and even showers, with no money and no help from friends or family? That's what Joseph Garner attempted to do in his documentary Craigslist Joe.
If everyone gets along, and not in that "pleasant on the surface but back-stabbing underneath" kinda way, then a community benefits at multiple levels. Happiness is contagious. We pick up on other people's emotions and then experience, if not broadcast those feelings.
That drive to serve is what draws us together as a community: the Yoga Community has a divine spirit, but does it have the tools to make a difference? My wife and I had an idea to help ALL of us use our practice to do good. Together.
Some people worry that if we immerse ourselves too deeply into a new tradition, we may become disconnected from the community, or even the family, in which we grew up. We shouldn't learn about different traditions at the expense of our own.