The Extraordinariness of the Ordinary…Saturday Football Zen

11.28.15 | Category: Sports Zen

Tonight’s game between Stanford and Notre Dame had 8 changes in lead. The outcome was determined in the last second by a field goal.

But for me the satori moment came at the end of the game during two interviews on ABC, one with kicker Conrad Ukropina and the other with Coach David Shaw. The takeaway lesson? It’s the Ordinary that is the most Extraordinary.

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Art Exhibit in Davos: 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

02.29.12 | Category: Zen Art

Earlier this month I was in Davos, Switzerland for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, where I was invited to have an exhibition of artworks in the main corridor of the Congress Center. During the conference, I gave a solo session entitled Art & Everyday Creativity: Rebuilding the Link, was a panelist in a session…

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Art Presentation for the Asian University for Women

08.19.11 | Category: Diversity

This past Friday I gave a presentation on art as a cultural bridge to a group of young women from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. I was speaking to students visiting Stanford University from the Asian University for Women located in Chittagong, Bangladesh. For many of the students, it was their first overseas trip. They were attending a four-week program at Stanford led by Richard Saller, Dean of Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences…

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Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Awards: Inspiration for All

05.26.11 | Category: Valley Future

“Do not speak, unless it improves on silence.” –Buddhist saying

At the 2011 Women of Vision Awards for Innovation, Leadership and Social Impact — the speeches of three women definitely improved on silence…

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Keep Reading Launches

03.09.11 | Category: Breaking News, Simplicity, Zen Health

Imagine a collaborative and evolving art piece made of skies. Orphans, global leaders, students, scientists and teachers, alike — people from all races and backgrounds are participating in and it is just beginning. Launched yesterday on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the project’s goal is to shine a light on the plight of women around the world. featured the project today…

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Presenting at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos – Art

01.20.11 | Category: Breaking News

Last August, I was invited to attend and to present my art the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. The overall theme for this Annual Meeting is Shared Norms for the New Reality.

I will present in 3 sessions: a one-hour solo session on my art, a panel discussion on art & illusion, and a cultural leaders dinner/discussion…

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Peter Thiel’s Philanthropy for the Future: Audacious Optimism

12.09.10 | Category: Breaking News, Valley Future, Video

Last night we attended a special evening arranged by Peter Thiel and the Thiel Foundation entitled “Audacious Optimism.” Held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, this unusual philanthropic summit brought together 8 organizations to present their visions for the future.

The evening began with a reception and cocktails and then a welcome from the Thiel Foundation and Patri Friedman, grandson of economist Milton Friedman and co-founder of the Seasteading Institute…

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Not Either/Or but Both

10.21.10 | Category: Asymmetry, Unexpected

What do you think when you see this image of a traffic light —showing STOP and GO simultaneously? I had never seen a traffic light hold two contradicting signals ever before until recently. It seemed a visual koan for life in the Valley – something you could meditate on and reflect upon endlessly. I loved it and immediately took a cell phone photo. All of a sudden a banal traffic light wasn’t so banal. I was interested to see the many meanings and possibilities people would unpack. I posted it on facebook and got brilliant and witty feedback from…

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Ambassador Bill Lane, Spirit of the West – 1919-2010

08.11.10 | Category: Valley History, Zen Earth

Bill Land and Drue's painting of the Red BarnI was deeply saddened by the news of Amb. Bill Lane’s death. It’s hard to believe his larger-than-life presence has disappeared. But maybe it hasn’t…

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Michael Moritz at Rosewood on Steve Jobs and Zen

04.06.10 | Category: Power Zen, Simplicity, Valley Future, Valley History

“I had this extraordinary passport to go anywhere” Michael Moritz said today at the luncheon hosted for him today by Silicon Valley Bank at the Rosewood Hotel…

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