Freedom Thoughts by yanaland
June 29, 2010, 11:08 am
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“There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions”-  Anais Nin


Think Tank # 3 – Freedom by kristinmarting
June 25, 2010, 5:10 pm
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Join us for our third of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Wednesday, July 7 from 7pm -10pm which will delve into the concept of FREEDOM. These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, soldiers, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event please forward this invitation.

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email to rsvp

Happiness by yanaland
June 24, 2010, 1:57 pm
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This post connects to the joy of participation and a parade ( that is a pleasure to create.

May 25, 2010, Happiness

In Which I Go to a Dance Parade and Reflect on Happiness.

Dancing in the streets!
Published on May 25, 2010

This Saturday, my husband suggested that we all go downtown to watch the annual dance parade. I’d never heard of it, but for the past three years, New York City has had a dance parade, where thousand of dancers, from all sorts of dance organizations, dance their way down a parade route. Some of the dancers were from “real” dance schools or groups, others were from dance/exercise classes, and many groups, we suspected, had been organized for the sole purpose of marching on Saturday.

This outing turned out to be tremendously fun. We found a place where we could perch on a high railing, so we had a good view and a place to sit. The weather was lovely. And the dancers were more fun to watch than practically any parade I’ve ever seen.

Oxford Happiness Questionnaire by kristinmarting
June 20, 2010, 2:44 pm
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Take a quick questionnaire here and find out your happiness score.

Happiness Links by kristinmarting
June 16, 2010, 4:41 pm
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Some happiness links courtesy of the CEO of Zappos who has written this new book. Click here.

Kristin’s 11 year old son, Griffin’s thoughts about Picket Dream by kristinmarting
June 14, 2010, 1:34 am
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It was amazing to see just 500 pickets, all about the American Dream. I was dumbfounded by the variety. I had no idea so many people had so different views about the American Dream. I thought it was magical to walk through the picket fence and see people’s American Dream. It was just a strange yet wonderful experience. I can’t imagine what 1000 pickets would be like. It would blow my mind. Well, I am a true supporter of Lush Valley and always will be, so this is Griffin, signing off.

FIGMENT- A new American Picket (Day 1) by kristinmarting
June 12, 2010, 4:05 am
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Day ONE- FIGMENT began today and so did our Picket Dream project!

What an interesting day.  We had people from all walks of life contribute- kids, teens, other artists, people visiting from Australia, an elderly woman, a school group, some Chinese tourists- everyone was very excited and thrilled to contribute to our growing fence.

As the day progressed, an interesting thing happened: the fence began to take on more and more meaning as people attributed more characteristics to it, and interpreted other people’s stakes.  Someone felt it looked like a memorial. Some people wanted to look at everyone’s dream before they wrote their own, others didn’t want to have anything to do with anyone else’s dream.

And then, a group of rowdy school boys were playing football, their ball landed inside our fence lines, and they tripped over our ropes that laid our the pattern in the grass.  We all got kind of mad, but when we asked them if they wanted to participate- a couple of them left their group and very quickly made a fence post and then went back to their game.  We all laughed- do fences really make good neighbors?!

We will continue to build, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-6

Stay tuned for more to come!