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Sitting next to a golden fire

One that is ever kind said yesterday:
“Your well-beloved’s hair has threads of grey,
And little shadows come about her eyes;
Time can but make it easier to be wise
Though now it seems impossible, and so
All that you need is patience.”
Heart cries, “No,
I have not a crumb of comfort, not a grain.
Time can but make her beauty over again:
Because of that great nobleness of hers
The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways
When all the wild Summer was in her gaze.”
Heart! O heart! if she’d but turn her head,
You’d know the folly of being comforted.
~ The Folly of Being Comforted, W.B. Yeats
 


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Biking on screen

Ride The Divide covers the world’s toughest mountain bike race, 2700 miles along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. Using the natural environments, the racers and the videographers as characters, this movie pushes the boundaries of creating film.

Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

Now I want to see Bicycle Dreams, “…a riveting portrait of extreme courage in the face of inhuman obstacles…the power of desire and the strength of the human will.” – The Love of Movies

More movies about bikes.


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Flow: Body, health and design

Back pain. Americans spend $50 billion per year on treatment. It is the second most common reason for visiting a doc. Do you or have you experienced back pain? Hear interviews with alternative health practitioners and postural health experts that’ll help you get back to good health. This audio show was made for Full Circle on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, CA
Keywords: back painposturesomatic healthalternative medicineaccupuncturechiropractormassagechairsdesignurban design

[audio http://www.archive.org/embed/FlowBodyHealthAndDesign]


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Francisca, study of a strong woman

Women work as a team. Photo by jakusa, flckr user, creative commons

“Without self-respect, you certainly self-destruct.”
— Cornel West

Francisca Carranza one of the 61 Castlewood workers who have been locked out since February 2010, talks about lessons she’s learned about the year, how she deals with anti-immigrant slurs, and what sustains her struggle for decency at the workplace.

 

Facing rising health care costs, last year the stately Castlewood Country Club shifted the burden to workers. From one day to the next janitors and servers were to pay 40% of their wages in order to receive family healthcare – $739/month.

Food service and custodial workers, who are represented by Unite Here local 2850, refused this change and were subsequently locked out. These workers now have the support of the Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman, City Council, and various area clergy. Recently they received a letter of support from the NFL Player’s Association.


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They met and they prospered

friends+beach+jump= love explored. Photo by zlan zihan, flickr, Creative Commons license

Two couples who have lived through various Valentine’s Day seasons share how they’ve made their match succeed and how they met.

After 47 years of marriage, Bob & Lila recount their initial meeting and the proceeding six weeks that led to their on-the-fly marriage ceremony in Idaho. Jokingly, Lila says, “we haven’t killed each other yet” when describing the amount of time they’ve spent together and their shared interests.

Jon & Kathy, recently returned from a one year backpacking honeymoon in South America, recount their meeting at a party and food, the pleasure that always brings them back.

Interested in hearing more about love? Listen to Reflections on love and lovelessness…how do you define genuine love? « Malinali’s Blog This piece is a wonderful juxtaposition of chapter 1 of bell hooks’ book All About Love and a vox pop of students from Rudsdale High School in East Oakland who were asked, “What does love mean to you?”