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"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” -William Butler Yeats

The only habit you need is to do everything with intention.

vioLIST follows:
  • Bhakti/Butterthief
  • Dharohar Project
  • Krishna Das
  • Mantra Magic
  • Mysore Brothers
jun 21 2013 ∞
jun 21 2013 +
  • Blackbird ($14 drop in w/ student ID; $10 Monday night classes; $5 community classes; downtown; power, barre)
  • Lotus Seed(closest/most expensive/Mysore/Ashtanga)
  • Mighty ($12 drop in w/ ID or $100 for 10 classes good for 6 months; $5 community classes; downtown; Emma; Vinyasa/Acro)
  • Sunrise ($15 drop in; $120 unlimited for 6 weeks ($20 a week); downtown; Kripalu, Acro, workshops)
may 16 2013 ∞
aug 25 2013 +
  • Agava
  • Boatyard Grill
  • Cafe Dewitt (brunch)
  • Just a Taste
  • Koko
  • Maxie's
  • Mia
  • Northstar
  • Plum Tree
  • Sahara
  • Sarah's Patisserie
  • Souvlaki House
  • Sunset Grill
  • Taverna Banfi
  • TBP
  • Zaza's
mar 12 2013 ∞
nov 15 2015 +

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He as...

sep 26 2012 ∞
sep 26 2012 +
jun 15 2012 ∞
dec 21 2013 +
  • ChaCha
  • West Coast Swing
  • Samba
  • Waltz
apr 24 2012 ∞
apr 24 2012 +
  • Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
  • Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center (prior to renovation)
  • Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
  • Bailey Hall, Cornell University
  • Barnes Hall, Cornell University
  • David Koch Theater, Lincoln Center
  • In front of NY Capitol Building
  • Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University
  • Round Lake Auditorium, NY
  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall (2)
  • Tilles Center, CW Post
jan 15 2012 ∞
apr 27 2012 +
  • Cats
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Lion King
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • West Side Story
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (2)
  • Godspell
jan 13 2012 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • Bach Suite 1
  • Bloch Suite Hebraique--Rhapsodie
  • Brandenburg 6 with Mr. Weber
  • Rachmaninoff Vocalise
  • Walton Viola Concerto
apr 23 2010 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • Adele
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Andrew W.K.
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Jack Johnson
  • Kim Kashkashian
  • Lady GaGa
  • Punch Brothers
  • Zaz
jan 20 2010 ∞
nov 20 2012 +

HANDBOOK 2010

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
  • Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
  • Make time to pray.
  • Play more games
  • Read more books than you did in 2009 .
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
  • Sleep for 7 hours.
  • Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
  • Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Don't have negative thoughts or things yo...
jan 4 2010 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • "Whenever this question shall be settled, it must be settled on some philosophical basis. No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained." -Abraham Lincoln
  • "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want." -Dan Stanford
  • "Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful." -John Wooden
  • "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
  • "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should." – from Max Ehrmann's Desiderata
  • “Music is a higher revelation than any ...
mar 14 2010 ∞
jun 22 2014 +
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Jewish Museum
  • Max Brenner's
  • NYC Museum
  • SoHo
  • Spy Museum
  • Statue of Liberty crown
  • The Strand
  • The Village
  • United Nations
  • Washington Square Park
  • World's largest organ - Macy's, Philadelphia
dec 16 2009 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • cajole
  • canoodle
  • festoon
  • hooligans
  • hullabaloo
  • kerfuffle
  • pulchritudinous
  • punctilious
  • shenanigans
  • supercilious
dec 30 2009 ∞
mar 25 2015 +
sep 12 2013 ∞
mar 2 2017 +
  • Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival
  • Leiber Museum
  • Free Friday Nights at MoMA
  • Cloisters
  • FOOD
  • Chez Josephine on 42nd Street
  • Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938, MoMA
  • Carroll Gardens, and the adjoining neighborhoods of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, are now dotted with French-owned cafes and restaurants. Smith Street, a main road, is blocked off every year on Bastille Day for a street fair: The tricolor flies from shopfronts, boules are played, crepes are eaten. The area, predictably, has been called Little France and Little Paris. - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/31/nyregi...
may 20 2013 ∞
feb 1 2014 +
  • old medical books
  • art and trinkets from my travels
apr 5 2013 ∞
apr 5 2013 +
  • Les Parapluies De Cherbourg
  • La Haile
  • Les Chansons d'amour
  • Funny Face
  • Jeux d'enfants
  • Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
  • Amélie
  • La fille sur le pont
  • Trois couleurs
  • Sans toit ni loi
  • Crna mačka, beli mačor (Black Cat, White Cat)
  • Breathless
  • Coco Before Chanel
jan 26 2013 ∞
nov 15 2015 +
  • explore Governor's Island
  • explore DUMBO
  • Cheap Jack's vintage clothing extravaganza
  • Bronx Zoo
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • outdoor yoga
  • explore LI towns (Roslyn, Port Washington, Freeport, Hamptons)
jun 17 2012 ∞
jul 1 2012 +
  • guacamole
  • hummus (carrot spice)
  • pasta with Mrs. Stracq
  • pesto
  • pizza with Mom
  • tiramisu
  • zucchini thing that my mom makes
may 20 2012 ∞
may 31 2012 +
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Andre Watts
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • B.J. Novak
  • Bob Dylan
  • Dawes
  • Emanuel Ax
  • Gil Shaham
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Iron & Wine
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Jon Stewart
  • Joshua Bell
  • Juilliard String Quartet
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Kenan Thompson
  • Mark Wood
  • Neon Trees
  • New York Philharmonic
  • Passion Pit
  • Philadelphia Orchestra
may 4 2012 ∞
nov 15 2015 +
  • "God is an experience of supreme love." 14
  • "True wisdom gives the only possible answer at any given moment." 16
  • "The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things they most wanted in life. If any item on the list clashes with any other item, Rumi warned, you are destined for unhappiness. Better to live a life of single-pointed focus, he taught. But what about the benefits of living harmoniously among extremes? What if you could somehow create an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a worldview that excludes nothing?....I wanted worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence--the dual glories of a human life. I wanted what the Greeks called kalos kai agathos, the singular balance of the good and the beautifu...
jun 19 2011 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Economics
  • French literature
  • Greek Mythology
  • Human Anatomy
  • International Relations
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sanskrit
jan 4 2010 ∞
jan 17 2012 +
  • 7 vies
  • Coeur de Pirate
  • Gregory Lemarchal
  • Jovanotti
  • Leandro Barsotti
  • Madame Kay
  • Marco Carta
  • Melanie Laurent
  • Natasha St. Pier
  • Pascal Obispo
  • Toto Cutugno
  • Zaz
dec 29 2009 ∞
apr 14 2012 +
  • Baked Beans
  • Creamed Corn
  • Festering Wounds
  • Pond Scum
  • Spit
jan 2 2010 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Tea
    • green
    • organic mint melange from Trader Joe's
    • peppermint
    • Taja mango saffron tea
    • vanilla
    • vanilla chai
dec 10 2009 ∞
jan 13 2012 +
  • Kaufmann Mercantile
  • Herman Miller
  • west elm
feb 14 2016 ∞
feb 24 2017 +

BALU

  • "Go not with the arrogance to provide answers, but the humility to ask questions.
  • "Commitment without competence is a waste of resources."
  • "Service is a platform for discovery."
  • "Service is a partnership: what can we give and take from each other? What are the opportunities for others to participate in my life?"
  • "If we all achieve inner peace, perhaps external peace will be possible."
  • "Form opinions based on experiences, not imaginary perceptions."

PRITI

  • "Look, listen, learn."
  • "The limit does not exist when it comes to potential."

SHANTHI

jun 18 2013 ∞
jul 10 2013 +
  • North America and the Caribbean
    • Aruba
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Bermuda
    • Canada
      • Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge
    • Jamaica
    • Martinique
    • St. Barthelemy
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Martin
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos
    • USA
      • Alaska
      • Arizona
      • Cape Cod, Massachusetts
apr 6 2013 ∞
jul 25 2013 +
  • Frick, NYC
  • Musee des Beaux Arts, Montreal
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art. NY
  • Museum of Natural History, NY
  • Kerry County Museum, Tralee, Ireland
  • British Museum, London
  • National Gallery, London
  • Tenement Museum, NY
  • Louvre, Paris
  • d'Orsay, Paris
  • Carnavalet, Paris
  • Museum of Musical Instruments, Brussels
mar 10 2013 ∞
apr 7 2016 +
  • Adele 21
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Amy Winehouse Back to Black
  • Queen
  • State Radio
  • The Wailers
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Young the Giant
jul 25 2012 ∞
dec 7 2012 +

o 1. Make the library into your bedroom and have sex in the stacks

o 2. Finally meet the dazzling Denice Cassaro

o 3. Camp out overnight (re: sleep on AstroTurf) for hockey tickets

o 4. Go to the Cornell-Harvard men’s hockey game and throw fish on the ice

o 5. Sing along to “We didn’t go to Harvard” with the Cayuga’s Waiters

o 6. Sled down Libe Slope during a snow storm

o 7. Take Hotel Administration 430: Introduction to Wines

o 8. Streak across the Arts Quad

o 9. Take Psych 101

  • 10. Test out Olin Library’s musically calibrated steps by throwing stones on them

o 11. Attempt sake bombing at Plum Tree or Miyake in Collegetown

feb 8 2012 ∞
mar 25 2015 +
  • Oliver!
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Cinderella
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Oklahoma
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Spring Awakening
  • Pippin
jan 17 2012 ∞
mar 25 2015 +
  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Amelie
  • American Beauty
  • Argo
  • Avatar
  • Big Fish
  • Blues Brothers
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • connected
  • Django Unchained
  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Gattaca
  • Haute Cuisine
  • Hugo
  • Il Postino
  • Indiana Jones
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Iron Man 1-3
  • Jane Eyre
  • Kill Your Darlings
dec 18 2011 ∞
mar 25 2015 +
  • Richard Amoroso (SOS upper strings coach)
  • Luis Biava (SOS conductor)
  • David Carpenter (concert at library)
  • Jay Greenberg (MYO commission--Skyline Dances)
  • Christopher Hogwood (CCO masterclass)
  • Ryan McAdams (NYC Opera workshop--The Elixir of Love)
  • Mark O'Connor (SOS '08--Fiddle Concerto for Violin and Orchestra)
  • Larry Rachleff (CCO '12--conducting masterclass)
  • Kerri Ryan (SOS viola coach/private lessons)
  • Johannes Schaefli (CCO '11--conducting masterclass)
  • Joseph Schwantner (MYO--percussion concerto)
  • Mark Wood (workshop, concert)
jan 12 2010 ∞
nov 2 2013 +
  • Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
  • Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life.
  • Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
  • Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.
  • I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
  • Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies.
  • "Whenever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or politic...
apr 14 2010 ∞
jan 13 2012 +