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Elizabeth Swartz
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My song starts at 23:58!

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My piano teacher's band Hidden in the Sun has released their EP! Their music is amazing - super complex songs, incredible musicianship, haunting lyrics. I highly recommend checking out their songs!

http://hiddeninthesun.bandcamp.com/

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The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart,
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience,
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest
and work in a row and pass the bags along,
who are not parlor generals and field deserters
but move in a common rhythm
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

—Marge Piercy, from Circles on the Water (Knopf)

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great photography & an excellent poem.

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I love this article on using the ingredients in your refrigerator as inspiration for a meal. Its always tempting to go out and buy more food in order to follow a recipe, but some of my favorite meals have started from leftovers...

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I love these photos.

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So excited to see Amma again! 

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A beautiful weekend near the Mt. Shasta area! Picture of Burney Falls, CA
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A Hangout #OnEverest ! So cool.
Unknown is hanging out with 5 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonairMax Lowe, Laurie Syphard, Bonnie Camarena, Toby Harper-Merrett, and Ally Egge Nelson

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How can technology actually be a boon to our mindfulness?

Simple: You use it mindfully.

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I'm really glad that Meng is able to bring this material to folks at Google! I hope it can be of service to folks outside of Google, as well.
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