Instead of using a traditional studio, Mumbai-born photographer Manjari Sharma found a more intimate setting to shoot portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers: the shower in her Brooklyn apartment. Read an exclusive MMM interview with her, here.
An Interview With The Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox
I had the opportunity of taking photos of some of the rarest beans on the Planet, which will be in the September issue of the Heirloom Gardener Magazine. This Opportunity was Presented to me by The Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox, after the shoot we had the chance to interview Joseph. This is worth watching! Informative, Enlightening, & Entertaining, Enjoy.
“Any psychedelic session confronts you with paradoxes that man has struggled with for thousands of years. And this innocent little trip proposed by O’Donell had been a four-year college education. It destroyed my hopes that the mushroom pill was an automatic love-revelation pill.
This was a disturbing discovery. There seemed to be equal amounts of God and Devil (or whatever you want to call them) within the nervous system. Psychedelic drugs just open the door to the Magic Theatre, and the stages and dramas you encounter depend on what you are looking for, your state of mind when you begin, the pressure of your traveling companions.
The terrible truth began to dawn and, no, I didn’t want to face it that our consciousness creates the universe we experience. We are the architects of the celestial and hellish stages we act upon.
I began to get a sinking feeling. Psychedelic drugs didn’t solve any problems. They just magnified, mythified, clarified to jewel-like sharpness the basic problem of life and evolution.
I began to feel the frustration of the guy who invented the wheel at that horrid moment when he realized it could be harnessed to any damnable human game to a war chariot, to a bulldozer, to a Las Vegas roulette table. The old games will always be with us: spontaneity vs. control, freedom vs. structure, love vs. isolation. The stage sets get bigger. The energies move faster, our insight into the divine plan becomes more awe-fully detailed. The razor-edge of paradox remains.”
I love seeds. I eat primarily veggies and always save the seeds so I end up with large banks of seeds collected during any given month. Growing your own food is not only a good skill to have but it’s also great to donate the seeds to the food bank to give to people who could really use the extra food. I’ve done this for many years, but nowadays I have a name to dedicate the donations to: therandomact.org
You need less space than you think to grow some of your own food crops. I live in an apartment, but with the small outdoor area I have and a cheap plastic storage rack I am able to grow 5-6 plants depending on the type and herbs and green onion grow easily on windowsills. Are you bad with remembering to water? a water bottle filled and turned upside down in the soil helps with those that have a forgetful streak.
With that said, I bring a challenge to you. This next week every time you slice into a bell pepper or crack open a melon, bite into an apple or chop a tomato for your salad, put the seeds aside, dry them out, bag them and see how many you end up with. You’ll probably be surprised at how many potential plants you’re use to just throwing away. Take those seeds, give them to a local food bank that can get them to people in need if you can. If your local food bank doesn’t accept seeds, find a community garden in your area, give them to friends, neighbors, or start up a seed exchange at work. For information on how to save your seeds, here is a little site to help you out: Saving seeds
Seeds = food security. Small things can change the world in big ways. Lets help make food security easier for those around us.
“Overcoming attachment does not mean becoming cold and indifferent. On the contrary, it means learning to have relaxed control over our mind through understanding the real causes of happiness and fulfillment, and this enables us to enjoy life more and suffer less.”