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How can NYC support digital media? May 31, 2007

Shout out to all you digital media afficionados there!!

I have the amazing honor to be included in a summit this upcoming monday at Gracie Mansion organized by the NY Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting … the purpose? To discuss the needs of the digital media community, to share ideas for how NYC can support this incredible community that I am so passionate about, and to identify ways to grow New York City’s market share of this business.

I am a committed member of the entertainment community, and an equally passionate about this gorgeous, diverse city that is my home… I am thrilled that NYC is so committed to growing the digital media business in NYC and thrilled to know that I won’t ever have to move to that other coast…

So help!!! I need your ideas…

As a member of the digital media community, what is your wish list????

How could NYC (or any city you live in) best support your work?
What initiatives would have the most value to you?
What would make you want to open your digital media company in NYC?

 

Happiness- or breaking up with the emptiness inside a la Victoria Moran

Once we really understand happiness as a satisfaction of needs, maybe fewer people will expect other people to make us happy. Instead, happiness can be achieved by taking control over ourselves and our choices, good and bad.” – Whitney Hoffman

Has the inimitable Whitney Hoffman already read Victoria’s new book?

Well, no, as it turns out…. Whitney’s most recent post is about Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling Upon Happiness, but the story ends the same way… the only person who can make us happy turns out to be… um us….

I am so honored to have Victoria as our artist of the week this week. I have had the amazing honor to be present for a number of Victoria’s talks…Victoria is an author and a motivational speaker, I think I can safely say (Victoria…let me know if I’m wrong) that her philosophy encompasses much of the new thought movement but Victoria is different cuz unlike say… Wayne Dyer, who on his show is always “great” Victoria is real person… she experiences, and honors, the fullness of what it means to be human and all the emotions and thoughts that go along with our human existence.

Fat broke and Lonely no more

Victoria’s new book “Fat, Broke and Lonely No More” really has nothing to do with being fat, broke or lonely but is rather a funny, touching typically Victorially charming tract on how to break up with the emptiness inside us that we hide with feelings of being fat, broke, lonely, inadequate, ugly, stupid,not enough…. An emptiness we all experience sometimes….an emptiness that is integral to the process of maturing – spiritually, emotionally, intellectually into the person we are destined to become….but that has also seemed to reach epidemic proportions in this country….

I read Victoria and I know I’m not alone, I know I am on the right track, and I am reminded once again that I already have everything I need….

 

indie musicians of the week.. Halou May 25, 2007

Haunting… melodic… electronic…moving

We chose Stonefruit from Halou’snew album “Wholeness and Separation” for this week’s single of the week… but we could just as easily have chosen the irresistlbe “Everything is OK” or the portishead reminiscent “Honeythief”… the vocals are magnetic, the music unforgetable…

After 10 years of producing, both for themselves and other artists… the grass roots power of the internet is finally bringing Halou the attention they deserve…Check out Halou’s new album, Wholeness and Separation….

Wholeness & Separation

from “Wholeness & Separation”
by Halou
Vertebrae


 

What is the hardest thing I’ve had to overcome???? May 22, 2007

fear… fear… fear…. fear….

In this week’s episode I said it was my twenties in NYC – much of which I spent pacing the streets of manhattan, crying…feeling hopeless, lost, worthless and desperate … working so hard to make my dreams come true, only to confront failure after failure after failure (or so I perceived it)…

but in retrospect, were those feelings anything other than fear in another form?

Boiled down to its common denominator…

Fear that who I am isn’t enough?

(and I wondered why it seemed no one wanted to hire me????!!!)

Once again I have embarked upon an adventure that is exciting, revolutionary, creative, the quintessence of what I believe I was put on this earth to do…

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will I let my fear overcome me?????

 

What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome? May 21, 2007

Shall you? Did you? Can you? A question submitted by our user Saneeta, What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to overcome???

ok… so this is kind of a heavy one…but the question was submitted by an ifnotnow.net user… which is fantastic… and once I got over the fact that this show is a little heavier than most I grew to love it!!!!

and hey…we have an awesome single of the week, and a simply extradorinary artist of the week.. and a happy ending!!! check it out!!!!

click on the pic to watch on veoh, or on the icon in the sidebar to watch on itunes or watch it autplay at www.ifnotnow.net

 

Artist of the week: Sprout Jewlery May 18, 2007

Filed under: art,artist of the week,artists,etsy,jewlery,life,shopping,videoblog,women — kveljones @ 10:25 am

ahh my poor sad blog…. I was knocked flat with a horrible cold last week which put me sooo behind in all my work… on top of which I am working on a new project that I can not yet disclose, but which is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done! More when I can tell you more!!

But… I adore adore adore this week’s artist of the week and had to blog about her! I coveted her bubble necklace for months… and now I am a proud owner (and the compliments dont stop!)
bubble necklace
And as all our artist seem to do, Krista left a beautiful, and to me,surprising answer to this week’s question, called in from the glorious musical debauchery of Jazz Fest no less!!!… find out what inspires Krista!

 

What inspires you? May 7, 2007

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be”
or so said Ralph Waldo Emerson…
what inspires you? We want to know…

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Negative thinking? or simply TRUTH? May 1, 2007

Ok.. i get what he’s saying… in fact I totally, passionatly agree with what he’s saying… but Dr. Atul Gawande, this months guest columnist for The New York Times, uses his column today to spin empty cultural vernacular on its head only to invent an equally empty and ineffective cultural vernacular.

In his column Dr. Gawande decries the officials at Walter Reed, saying “The real puzzle was how one institution could be responsible for helping to save the highest percentage of battle-wounded soldiers in history and for providing such disturbingly neglectful care afterward”… Dr. Gawande’s prescription… accepting the value of “negative thinking”

We Americans believe instinctively in the power of positive thinking. Whether one is fighting a cancer, an insurgency or just an unyielding problem at work, the prevailing wisdom is that thinking positive is the key — The Secret, even — to success. But the key, it seems to me, is actually negative thinking: looking for, and sometimes expecting, failure….

…Encouraged by leaders to think negative, medical staff members … reported on transport problems for the injured, soldiers’ not wearing their Kevlar, communication glitches, unexpected infections — and instituted changes to address them. The result: they are saving soldiers who’d never have been saved before….

Contrast this with the same leaders’ approach to care afterward. The independent review group found zero effort to track how soldiers were doing in rehabilitation. No one pushed to discover failures. As a result, failures were unrecognized, yet everywhere to be seen. The review group found the same problems The Washington Post had: disorganized, bureaucratic care with glaring gaps; dismal living conditions; dangerous staff shortages.

Negative thinking!!!???? That’s not negative thinking.. it is having the courage to honestly look at what is true… Very, Very different things.

An example of negative thinking?

“I’m not good enough”…

A statement that bears no truth whatsoever and is in fact wholly defeatest. That is negative.

Honestly assessing a situation, recognizing its strengths and its weakness and using that knowledge to affect important, often life saving, change… that is POSITIVE!

Why are so afraid of anything that doesn’t feel good that we have to label it as negative? Truth is beautiful… truth is always positive, if sometimes painful. Only by having the courage to look at what is TRUE, not what we want to be true, not what other people tell us should be true…but what we know deep in our guts is TRUE can we find both the wisdom and the courage to effect profound change, in our lives and in this world.