You will never find the right person. You are irredeemably alone. There is something wrong with you. And with everyone else. These are some of the truths presented in this lovely short by Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee. The question is, knowing this, how do we act?
When Stanislawa Leszczyńska first became a midwife, she never could have imagined that she would one day be whisked away from her home in Poland, where she routinely walked miles to deliver…
If you’ve already powered through the third season of House of Cards, you’ll probably remember the monks who spent weeks creating an awesome sand painting in the middle of the White House. In reality, Tibetan Buddhist monks have been creating sand mandalas (mandala means “circle” in Sanskrit) for more than 2,500 years. The process remains one of the religion’s most distinctive and beautiful traditions.
Little Italy is a New York City neighborhood that needs no explanation, but here’s one anyway. Nestled away in Lower Manhattan-Chinatown’s sprawl is the famous (and shrinking) Italian-American enclave. The smell of wood-burning brick ovens and basil beckons from every bistro, with tourists and religious relics dotting street corners. If it seems timeless, that’s because in many ways it is: some of the neighborhood’s signs and edifices have been left unchanged for nearly a century.
Symbolic of the then-blooming relationship between Japan and the United States, in 1912 Tokyo City Mayor Yukio Ozaki bestowed the American capitol with over three thousand Japanese cherry trees. Believe it or not, such an exchange came after decades of planning and turmoil, and the trees would become quite political in years to come.