Riding into the Velvet Sunset

“Jenny said when she was just five years old
There was nothing happening at all
Every time she puts on a radio
There was a nothin’ goin’ down at all, not at all
Then one fine mornin’ she puts on a New York station
You know, she couldn’t believe what she heard at all
She started shakin’ to that fine fine music
You know her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll
Despite all the amputations
You know you could just go out
And dance to a rock ‘n’ roll station
It was alright (it was alright)
Hey baby, you know it was alright (it was alright)”

– Lou Reed

photo of the Lofi Sofias playing as The Velvet Underground by Paul Perreault

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do it, be it, live it with love

Our culture is in a sad state. A boy died at the university where I work yesterday. He was shot and killed by another boy. I wrote this to a friend: At first when I heard the news I went into a spin about how kids are being turned into numbers/consumers who are taught how to be automatons trained to produce and consume in a disconnected world rather than human beings who are [loving] creative critical thinkers – and how maybe that is why there is so much more violence on campuses (and in general in this country).

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“Do it all, do it perfectly, and never let them see you sweat”

This is pertinent to what I am studying right now – for myself, intellectually and intuitively I get it, but when it comes to practice, it can be a whole other story. Showing vulnerability both excites me and scares me. . . .  vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. (Applause) To create is to make something that […]

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