Make your mark on the Earthquake

Click here to Make your mark and write a note and add pics to the map above.

Lets record this moment and connect with others who experienced something similar. Feel free to note your emergency plan in your marker as well. 

Where were you when the earthquake shook the east coast?

I was at work when the floor shook and the building swayed.  A co-worker asked “Do you feel that?” “what the shaking? It feels like we’re having an earthquake.” I replied.  Then I started searching the news outlets: Reuters, AP, NYT, I googled “New York Earthquake” during the tremors. No dice. No news…they were probably waiting for editor’s approval 🙂

However, a little twitter fu revealed many New Yorkers tweeting for corroboration of the the sickening sway. None of us seemed to really believe it. We evacuated to the basement and outside the building, then eventually informed that it was safe to return. Events seemed to unfold in normal time, however my emotions had spiked;  so and I decided that the best way to calm myself was to think of an emergency travel plan.  I did not have a mind to twitpic the evacuation or to capture sound, but I did keep my wits about me and remained calm throughout.

What would you do if the subway tunnels collapsed and buses were unavailable?

Do you live in an outer borough? Do you and your loved ones have a plan in case of major evacuation? A meet-up site in the event that you become separated? Ladies, do you have extra nibbles  in your heavy purse, in case of emergency hunger and thirst? Fellas, do you have a purse? 

Today reminded me of the necessity of a plan. 

No matter how far-fetched, unnerving or unnecessary the rational mind might wish it, our social and economical worlds are changing. It follows logic that the physical world could also shift under our feet.  As the saying goes, prior planning prevents poor performance, so “thank you” @Sal_Castaneda for the reminder about emergency preparedness. Thank you to my other twitter friends and contacts who posted helpful links, the main on being the government preparedness site

Stay grounded.


Seek and You Will Find Yourself

The past few days have been professionally and personally challenging. I am apparently at a transitional phase in life where all prior supports, concepts of self, modes of communication, methods of harnessing personal power and attachment to friends all fall away and crumble to the ground like some fine talcum powder. In the confusion before the dust settled, I felt confused, like I was walking around coated in post 9/11 debris, horrible to see, yet much worse to experience. Shaken to the core that my personal d-day had arrived, the end of all trust, I couldn’t give in to the fatalistic thoughts because life must marched forward to its own tempo, despite the worries that clouded my tiny energetic speck of the universe.

The dust seems to have settled and I am easing into this new phase. I’ve learned some wonderful lessons with the help of a few masters. El maestro don Juan, Carlos Castaneda’s teacher taught me how to release self-importance when dealing with petty tyrants. They are a necessary step on the warriors path to knowledge and a life of impeccability. While there is no easy way to summarize don Juan’s teachings, I can say this. when you open a Carlos Castaneda book, prepare for the teachings to appear in your life. Every time I revisit these books I forget, I wind up breathless in an energetic lesson like this one, and ultimately I leave stronger for it. Consider yourself forewarned. 🙂

Another recent teacher is National Geographic’s Cesar Milan and dog Roscoe. Together they demonstrated that patience, a willingness to improvise and trust in the new will allow you to overcome, to push through and ultimately transform the mind-controlling fear. There is a better life on the other side of the fear threshold. Click here to watch the full episode, or watch the short clip below.

And tonight, after a long, productive day at school, working on my research, meeting about the Nature Ecology Society and just all around feeling effective and lucky to have a daily life filled with activities I sincerely enjoy, I reconnected with a power song of yesteryear, sweet reggae music by Freddie McGregor “Seek & You Shall Find”, which I included at the top of this entry.

The lyrics to song inspired this blog post, bolstered my train ride home at 11pm and overall made me feel like all of my dreams are possible; not only that they are possible, but that my dreams are my future reality, that they are already mine, already true. All I need to do is show up and be present when the time comes. For those of you unaccustomed to the island lilt of my people, I’ve excerpted some of the lyrics below:

I can see my blessings coming…in these troubled times we gotta be strong! and as sure as the sun shines, I’ve gotta get it cause it’s really mine, won’t stop won’t give up the fight, I’ll do it with all my might, right now cause… Jah Jah will do it. If you seek then you will find it (x2). Mankind knows not the minute or the hour, so  do the best in life….the things you wanna achieve in life is there for you right now, I know that!

Some think to themselves, there’s no hope there is no solution to these major problems created by man, oh yes, but as sure as the sun shines, I’ve got to get it cause it’s really mine, don’t stop, don’t give up the fight. Do it with all your might, my people. Jah Jah will do it, just seek then you will find it. Mankind knows not the minute or the hour, so  do the best in life….the things you wanna achieve in life is there for you right now, I know…

Be wise now children and listen to the words of wisdom, in these troubled times we’ve got to be strong…

In New York, if you See something, Blog something!

MTA campaign encouraging us to "police" one another.

Dear Thinkers,

Post 9/11 New York has seen an increasing level of anxiety inducing measures enforced upon the MTA Subway. From not-so-random bag searches, to machine-gun at the ready soldiers at 34th Street, to the ubiquitous “See Something, Say Something” posters with the disembodied pairs of censuring eyes that haunt you all the way home. Even  f you are innocent of wrongdoing…really, when WAS the last time you did your public-transportation based civic duty and reported your suspicions about a fellow MTA rider?

Well, I rarely encounter truly shady seeming folks on the subway, but I sure as hell see some wackiness on the streets of New York City, not the least of which are pressurized Nitrogen canisters on major thoroughfares like 34th Street and Park Avenue as  you see here. I took pictures like these over the course of 4 separate days, each time, noting that nothing is being said aboput this thing that we can all clearly, SEE. In the photo below you can see where the nitrogen leak presents as a white frost on the exterior of these 5ft tall canisters.

The white frost indicates a leak








Here is a pic of a pedestrian walking calmly by…

Somebody tell me again…why is this okay? How could it possibly be safe and why is no one saying anything?






Someone like this this Traffic Cop, he might be the best possible person to report such a public hazard…


Or maybe, Panopticon spying on fellow citizens using our preconceived notions and biases is fruitless. How about we hold authorities accountable instead of turning in other civilians.


As of November, these canisters were removed with little fanfare. The Gothamist reported in 2008 that these canisters were harmless under most any possible NYC experience. I don’t know how deeply I believe it, but I am willing to believe that most of what any frazzled, almost broke, time-constrained New Yorker could dish out would increase the danger potential of these canisters. Doesn’t it then stand to logic that the See Something, Say Something Campaign is a ruse at making us feel secure? The 9/11 attacks affected the trains but did not originate there, why make an already mostly unpleasant riding experience rife with social spying and mistrust.