A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn

Autumn Wisdom
October 27, 2010, 8:50 am
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When I walked out my door this morning it struck me that the leaves on the trees in Fort Tryon Park are suddenly changing. Against the dim gray sky and slick black rocks there are brilliant yellows and reds. Perhaps it’s been happening subtly for a time now, but today the transformation is arresting. It got me thinking that one, I wished I could just walk among the trees and not be going to work, and two, that we can look to a natural phenomenon such as this for inspiration to undertake necessary changes in our own lives. On that note, here are some of the better quotes I culled this morning on personal growth. Happy autumn!

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.”

— James Freeman Clarke

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

— W.E.B. Du Bois

“To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”

— William James

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

— Anais Nin

Photo by harold.lloyd on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.


Weekend o’ Vegan Delights

Ah, Monday. Time for me to gaze dolefully out across the prospect of a long workweek but also to fondly recall all the great vegan meals I had over this past lovely, happy weekend. Highlights!

► A vegan meetup in Williamsburg where we sampled treats from three eateries: the “Tom Hanks” pizza from Vinnie’s with vegan barbecue chicken, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar and barbecue sauce (above); a cubano and the “Merckx Werkx” sandwiches from Boneshakers (the latter featuring: “tofurky, sham, olive tapenade, chipotle mayo, lettuce, tomato, on a ciabatta hero”); and an outrageous selection of cookies, cupcakes, pastries, and pie from the new Champs vegan bakery. Besides the food, the best thing about the meetup was I got a slew of recommendations from fellow vegans on restaurants I am now dying to try. (Just more for me to share with all you Lotus readers!)

► Stood in line at Babycakes on a busy Saturday afternoon for their apple cider doughnuts, one dripping in delicious caramel sauce. Small and expensive, but totally worth the wait. (Sorry no pic, we were too eager to indulge and I forgot to snap a photo.)

► And best of all, brunch at Life Café in Bushwick, where I had the Eggless Rancheros pictured above, which was every bit as delicious as it looks!

And now, back to my regular workday diet of fruit and hummus. Sigh. 🙂

Morning Wisdom
October 6, 2010, 8:57 am
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“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Love this quote. I feel it’s something I could repeat to myself in the mornings and find inspiration to try to be my best self every day.

Photo by apdk on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

Our Hen House Launch Party
October 4, 2010, 1:38 pm
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Longtime readers of this blog know that I pretty much never miss a party at MooShoes, a vegan shoe shop on the Lower East Side. This past Friday was no exception, as I trotted down to the launch party for Our Hen House, a nonprofit working to improve the treatment of animals. This party was particularly well-attended, and I saw a lot of familiar faces from other vegan events. Small but vocal community we are!

Now, the highlights in pics!

The crowd perusing the very desirable raffle prizes

Lovely wines provided by Frey Vineyards, an organic winery. The rosé was particularly good, I must say.

 I’m not much of a chocolate person, but I do appreciate the concept behind Rescue Chocolate, which donates all net profits to animal rescue groups.

 My fave munchable of the evening: “faux gras,” a walnut lentil pate that was mad good. Provided by the chef and caterer The Regal Vegan.

Always, always good: Sweet & Sara s’mores. (And always good when I don’t have to pay for them—you can get their vegan marshmallow treats at Whole Foods but they are a smidge pricy.)

 The ladies behind Our Hen House, Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan.

Victoria Moran, a very sprightly raw vegan speaker and author of The Love-Powered Diet.

 Jasmin Singer’s mother, talking about being in a family of vegetarians. Cute!

Well, that’s it. I had a great time and look forward to the next time I can stop by MooShoes, get free food, and mingle with all you lovely vegan folk!

Morning Wisdom
August 18, 2010, 8:34 am
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“Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.”

—Robert Louis Stevenson

I read this quote this morning and though I realize it smacks of cheesy inspirational crap, it made me release the breath I didn’t realize I’d been holding and smile. Because I can do that.

Photo taken by me July 31 in the Shakespeare Garden, Central Park.

Sunset Beginnings
June 8, 2010, 8:03 am
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My latest new start at living my life better began here, at West Harlem Piers Park near my apartment, on Sunday evening, where I sat reading Kenneth Rexroth poems and watching the sun sparkle over the Hudson River while families and couples frolicked around me.

Morning Wisdom
June 3, 2010, 9:44 am
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“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunrise lotus flower photo by by FarTripper on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.