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Made By Survivors
Manna Project
Fistula Foundation
Sankalpa Art Journeys
Sobornost for the World Foundation
Buddha's Smile School
Nepal Youth Foundation
CARE
Mercy Corps
Peace Corps
Global Fund for Women
Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center
Trees Water People
Healing Hands of Joy


Barefoot College
Oxfam
Build Change
UNHCR
Wild Bird Fund
Vive Boriken
Beauty for Ashes
Fabretto
UNICEF
Malala Fund
Rapha House
Not For Sale Campaign
International Justice Mission
Audubon
Sierra Club
The Nature Conservancy
Defenders of Wildlife
World Wildlife Fund
The Ocean Conservancy
Madre
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more listmaking:)
this time...starting to list films seen...jot short notes..way unfinished/incomplete Read more... )

To see:
Timbuktu
About Time
Lincoln
Miral
Pina (seen part of)

Seen:
2015
Primer

2014
Upstream Color
Tree of Life
Herb & Dorothy sequel (in Guild Hall)
Mr.Nobody


2013
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Beginners

2012ish seen
Last Train Home (documentary on China factory workers)
Battlestar Galactica series
Casa de los Babies
Entangled
Herb & Dorothy
The Fair Trade (documentary on AntiBody line)
Exit Through the Giftshop

2011
(seen recently and notable)
The Fall - stunning visual moving artwork. I was very impressed by the constant creative vision in scene composition and camerawork. The little girl, actress Catinca Untaru was delightfully real. "In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastical story about 5 mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur as the tale advances." trailer.
Home -(rental)foreign- unconventional family is dramatically affected by opening of highway through their idyllic life/land/home. really good if depressing.
The film closed with Nina Simone 'Like the Wind'...and I'd never heard it so perfectly and around me so richly with sound...I cried from the beauty of that- hard to explain. perhaps should get big earphones again. and experience music differently.
Source Code- (theatre Medford?)another memory film out at the same time as Limitless. very good as well!! soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man,(repeatedly)and discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.
Limitless- (theatre SH)pill to utilize 100% brainpower (with consequences). Brilliant. (and my art is in it!!)
The Puffy Chair- (rental) roadtrip w/gf and brother to deliver a recliner to his dad for birthday. totally believable characters and dialogue/current/ indie

previously and notable :
Manufactured Landscapes: Please watch this. documentary on Photographer Edward Burtynsky observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. absolutely stunning and overwhelming. I felt a bit too small to do anything after this....the issues seemed just so much Huger in scale than I could grasp...which I had to struggle to shake off to regain some hope. But still I feel the film is absolutely necessary and amazing. Would like some of his books...on China especially to continue to try to process this scale. trailer
Wasteland: another must see. inspiring. and on a topic of great interest to me...the dump communities. I was a bit nervous to see how it would be done...sensitive...but it really came through brilliantly I think. Artist Vik Muniz has my great respect and admiration.
'Home' Yann Arthus-Bertrand's visual meditation/contemplation. as as aerial view afficianado this did not disappoint. His large photography book 'Above the Earth' was on our wedding wishlist/registry back in 2005 and gifted to us by Esperanza. "With aerial footage from 54 countries, Home is a depiction of how the Earth's problems are all interlinked." trailer

in list form:
some Favorites:
Wasteland
Manufactured Landscapes
Life in a Day
Baraka
Waking Life
Pi
Wings of Desire
Henry and June
Lust for Life
Belle Epoque
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beginning archive and to read lists (updated)

Reading now 2016:
Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe Relationship
Cooperation Among Animals (with Human Implications)
One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rainforest
The Outermost House
Sag Harbor: An American Beauty
Reality is Broken
Eco-Mind
rereading: The Medusa and the Snail


Recently read:
2015:
Smarter Than You Think
Guardian of All Things
What a Plant Knows
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Eating Animals
The Naked Future
Secret Chambers: The inside story of cells and complex life by Martin Brasier
Missing Microbes:How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Dr. Martin J Blaser
An Epidemid of Absence:A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Lynn Margulis: A Scientific Rebel


2014:
A Sand County Almanac
Honor Thy Symbionts
Empire of the Beetle
Survival of the Sickest
The One-Straw Revolution
Rambunctious Garden
Thrivability
Women of Courage: Stories from Afghanistan

2013:
Cotton: A Revolutionary Fiber
Chimeras and Consciousness
Weeds: Nature's most unloved plants
Riddled With Life
Everyday Dress 1650-1900 (library)
A History of Fashion and Costume (library)
Textiles: The Whole Story (library)
A Natural History of Termites (library)
Chemical Communication
Musicophilia- Oliver Sacks
My Stroke of Insight- neurologist


To Read:
Evolution by James Alan Shapiro
An Uncommon Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm by Scott Chaskey
Silent Spring
The Empathetic Civilization
When I Was Puerto Rican (again)
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
(Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique—from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone. )
The Great Frustration by Seth Fried
The 11 stories in Fried's debut have the vigor of adventures, taking place in settings as disparate as Spain in the time of the conquistadors, a king's harem, a city under siege, various scientific setups, and--in the case of the title story--the Garden of Eden. Such an imagination is refreshing, but even more rewarding is that the stories don't rely solely on concept or conceit, and trudge forward into the lovely mess of strong characters wedged into dramatic circumstance. The scientists in "Those of Us in Plaid" have a simple, though not easy, objective involving an obstinate monkey and a space capsule. Science is clearly one of Fried's major interests: "Loeka Discovered" follows a team of researchers reconstructing ancient history from bits of bone and other artifacts. The lengthy "Animalcula: A Young Scientist's Guide to New Creatures" offers 15 scholarly descriptions of minuscule fauna, creating a fictional microcosm and illuminating it with the surprisingly poetic inner life of the scientist studying his subjects. While Fried's stories run to the historical or technical, there's a strain of absurdism in his prose that combines pathos, unease, and dark humor to add depth and give these stories a sense of modernity and relevance.

unfinished?
SuperCooperators by Martin A. Nowak
Garbageland
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll



2012:
The Wildlife of Our Bodies:Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today- Rob Dunn

2011:
Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide- by Stacey Edgar ( http://www.amazon.com/Global-Girlfriends-Business-Poverty-Worldwide/dp/0312621736/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp)
Las Mamis (again)- various/compilation
Wow!: A Memoirito
The Road from Morocco by Wafa Faith Hallam
Searching for Memory:The Brain, The Mind, And The Past by Daniel L. Schacter
The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Born to Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz
The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom

previously (some favorites):
The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley
The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas continued )
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2006 (PCPP= Peace Corps Partnership Project)

PCPP #674-017 South Africa- Women's Sewing Group
Terra Livre Documentary- Projectile Arts throuh Donate.net
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Javier Gomez' triathalon team
American Stroke Society/Association- marathon run by Spring Ackerman (LJ 10%er)
Save the Children- appeal for Mudslide Victims in the Phillipines
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Anne Rios' triathalon team in training
Kageno Worldwide- craft project for women
Adriana Bertini fundraiser to attend AIDS conference in Toronto, through Lars/Omidyar.net
Aaron Olivo filming project for Global Action Nepal
PCPP Swaziland- Women's Sewing Association
St.Jude Children's Hospital
Book 'Em- Thomas merton
Friends of The Center for Children's Happiness/ through Foundation for Sustainable Development
PCPP#314-013 Azerbaijan School Renovation Project
Global Giving- Afghanistan- Education Learning Centers Empower Afghan Women
PCPP South Africa Library Matshwi Primary School, shelves, tables, materials
PCPP Mali Women's Association Building Construction
PCPP Costa Rica Ice Cream Business
Habitat for Humanity- New Orleans, Toby Dore marathon
PCPP Tanzania Rainwater Harvesting System

2007

PCPP Tanzania School Rain Catchment Tank
PCPP Suriname Durotank Water & Sanitation for 110 homes
Bridges Across Borders membership + to help and print and mail newsletters
Emancipation Network Made By Survivors
Agustina Fundraiser- Hampton Bays church
American Cancer Society- Retno in Dogswalk against Cancer @ Riverside Park
Life in Africa- Breakfast Club/Tea on Me sponsorship of July10th
Giving Arts Creative Judaica Conference an Workshop fund
PeaceTiles South Africa- to send volunteer Fre to Africa
SEWA supplies through Facebook Changing the Present
Safe Passage- Guatemala City Garbage Dump
Holy Cross Health Ministries for La Chureca Community Center
PCPP #378-081 Morocco- Toundoute Women's Center
Manna Project International- child sponsorship at La Chureca (Joselin delosAngeles Lopez)
Life in Africa School Fees Campaign bracelets
Operation Smile TUT Universe
Changing the Present (Facebook)- Bednets Prevent Malaria
The Sharing Foundation/Cambodia/Global Giving- America's Giving Challenge Beth Kantor
Global Fund for Women- Changing the Present- School Supplies/Education
NICA Hope- Nicaragua- paypal
Manna Project International- child Sponsorship renewal (Lidia delSocorro Areas )

Donations List 2012
Donations List 2011
Donations List 2010
Donations List 2006,2007
Donations List 2002,2003,2004,2005

FIlmography

Feb. 7th, 2011 09:08 am
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using LJ as a temporary mindsorter.

my artworks are in these films
It Runs in the Family (2003,Michael Douglas): The Writing Ritual, Erotica
Heights (2004, Glenn Close, Merchant Ivory Productions): The Book of Questions
Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps (2010, Michael Douglas): Waking Sumer, Novus Corpus
Remember Me (2010,Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan): Puja
Limitless (2011, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro): Islands of Common Interest, +grid
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Entanglement (detail)
'Entanglement' (detail)

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect with our fellow men; and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." Herman Melville

As part of a vow that is at the heart of my art and life....since 2002...I try to channel 10% of what comes to me back out into the world to nurture positive projects that move me and end uneccessary suffering. Microphilanthropy. Not huge amounts...but small amounts that make a difference in the big picture..given with love and hope...as often as possible.

As the year comes to a close I look back and take stock of all I'm grateful for...I am perhaps almost always most grateful that I was able to do a little something to help support and sustain these wonderful organizations and initiatives that are doing work we need done in the world. It feels really...REALLY good. I hope that 2011 allows me to channel more and more...as there are so many other ones I am looking forward to being able to help in any small (or LARGE!) way..as well as more donations for those I am already connected to.

So here is to the ones of 2010 - follow links to find out more and please join me in supporting any and all of them if you can- may they have all they need onward into the future: see list )
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Avalo 1000 Hands image with notes

Entanglement (detail)
'Entanglement' (detail)

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibres connect with our fellow men; and among those fibres, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." Herman Melville

As part of a vow that is at the heart of my art and life....since 2002...I try to channel 10% of what comes to me back out into the world to nurture positive projects that move me and end uneccessary suffering. Microphilanthropy. Not huge amounts...but small amounts that make a difference in the big picture..given with love and hope...as often as possible.

As the year comes to a close I look back and take stock of all I'm grateful for...I am perhaps almost always most grateful that I was able to do a little something to help support and sustain these wonderful organizations and initiatives that are doing work we need done in the world. It feels really...REALLY good. I hope that 2012 allows me to channel more and more...as there are so many other ones I am looking forward to being able to help in any small (or LARGE!) way..as well as more donations for those I am already connected to.

So here is to the ones of 2011 - follow links to find out more and please join me in supporting any and all of them if you can- may they have all they need onward into the future: see list )
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childhood memories

what is a favorite comforting smell for you? something that soothes you whenever you smell it? perhaps all the way from childhood or not.

for example, the steam of cooked white rice really soothes me. whether it's my own or just opening the box from the chinese food place and the steam wafts out. I breathe it in intentionally....reminds me of home I guess.

comforting scents(collected from friends) )
please add yours!

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