Audrey B.

student of the alchemist.

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SPENT - The Movie

Just finished watching SPENT and am thinking about all of the hardworking people I know who fall victim to the credit and pay loan systems. It’s hard out there. Especially when you’re a parent or are drowning in college loans. Almost half of all US households report that they could not come up with $2,000 in case of an emergency. 4

40 minutes well spent.

Watch the full movie here.

HOZIER - TAKE ME TO CHURCH

My lover’s got humour

She’s the giggle at a funeral

Knows everybody’s disapproval

I should’ve worshiped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak

She’s the last true mouthpiece

Every Sunday’s getting more bleak

A fresh poison each week

'We were born sick,' you heard them say it

My Church offers no absolutes.

She tells me, ‘Worship in the bedroom.’

The only heaven I’ll be sent to

Is when I’m alone with you—

I was born sick,

But I love it

Command me to be well

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

Offer me that deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times

My lover’s the sunlight

To keep the Goddess on my side

She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea

Get something shiny

Something meaty for the main course

That’s a fine looking high horse

What you got in the stable?

We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty

That looks plenty

This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife

Offer me my deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings

When the Ritual begins

There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene

Only then I am Human

Only then I am Clean

Amen. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]

Take me to church

I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies

I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife

Offer me that deathless death

Good God, let me give you my life

Summary via Protect Our Winters:

"Yesterday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at a summit meeting of defense ministers in Peru and highlighted findings from a Pentagon report on the global security threats of climate change. 

This is the same Chuck Hagel, former Republican senator from Nebraska, who played a crucial role in blocking the United States from taking part in the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.

Rising seas and changing tides …. The Pentagon’s increased emphasis on the national security threats of climate change is aimed in part at building support for a United Nations agreement, to be signed next year in Paris. 

With the midterm elections looming on the horizon now is the most crucial time to vote for the environment. If we are to protect our precious winters, and the mountain communities we love so much we must speak and act with our votes.”

The world through his eyes.

Always new and different.

CHOOSE COMPASSION.

William Elliott Whitmore - Hell or High Water

I first heard this song in the final scenes of Jeremy Jones’ HIGHER and can’t get it out of my head. That voice is unreal. And the lyrics are so special. For any of the adventurers out there (or the ones who love those adventurers), this is our anthem.

Smoke em if you got em,
drink your glasses to the bottom,
and toast me on another year.
Another year of hope,
another year of holdin on,
you drinkers by day, and bastards by dawn.

And I hope I will see you soon,
and Ill be home come hell or high water,
and I know i will see you soon.

Gather round friends and neighbors,
who make your living by labor,
and share with me this little time.
This little time that we have left,
to have a drink and catch a breath,
well it might just be what saves our lives.

And I hope I will see you soon,
and Ill be home come hell or high water,
and I know i will see you soon.

Smoke em if you got em,
drink your glasses to the bottom,
and listen to the howling dogs,
and oh how it pleases me,
to be in such company
and im so glad our paths have crossed.

And I hope I will see you soon,
and Ill be home come hell or high water,
and I know i will see you soon.

and Ill be home come hell or high water,
and I know i will see you soon.

HIGHER - Jeremy Jones

Went down to the Santa Monica Pier last week with Cara and Kristen and watched Jeremy Jones’ new film, HIGHER, the final chapter of his trilogy that was produced throughout the last four years by his two older brothers Todd and Steve Jones at Teton Gravity Research (see DEEPER, 2010 and FURTHER, 2012). 

What I loved most about this film is that it told a real story. His upbringing in Cape Cod. His parents. His brothers. Early Burton boards in an icy east coast backyard. His wife and two children. His journey, What’s hard, and what’s awesome. Death. Tragedy. Purpose, a lot of purpose. Destiny.

The tour schedule continues throughout the fall and I definitely recommend figuring out when they’re coming your way.

At the screening in Santa Monica, Jeremy and Chris Steinkamp told the audience about the work of their organization Protect Our Winters and gave a very honest account of the ways that climate change threatens to end the world of snow unless we as people shift our every day choices. Snow-based recreation in the United States is estimated to contribute $67 billion annually to the US economy and supports over 900,000 jobs. When we look at the cost of inaction, it’s not just an environmental nightmare, it’s serious business.

Here’s 7 ways to be civically engaged and actually do something:

1) Get political by calling your local politicians about supporting clean energy legislation

2) Educate yourself via climate.nasa.gov

3) Find your own greatest strength and use it (Journalism? Elected office? Teacher? Always vote!)

4) Speak up and talk about issues like this with your friends

5) Do business with businesses that are taking the time to operate in an environmentally sound way

6) Change your habits on a daily basis (walking, recycling, conserving water)

7) Get to know @protectourwinters and what they’re up to

Women to watch in tech

as told by glamour.com

I may never get to stand on the Olympic podium, but I’m thrilled to stand with the scientists and students, researchers and citizens on the edge of the next great frontier — unlocking and understanding the three pounds of matter that sit between our ears.

Yesterday morning Kevin Pearce wrote to The White House about his personal experience with TBI and LoveYourBrain in hopes to underscore the importance of President Obama’s new BRAIN initiative. Hours later the Office of Science and Technology Policy published his letter.

Never doubt the momentum that one person can inspire…

Where do the trees start, and I begin?

Nature is all I know.

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