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June 23, 2014
11:23 pm

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Tamsin Smith

Peer-to-Peer Poetry

How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?

- exerpt Stanley Kunitz’s poem “The Layers

Poetry is the ultimate stealth weapon. All that white space appears so unassuming, so accomodating, so gently inviting. Yet one simple line can pierce and lodge itself deep inside the human command center, sending the whole operating system into chaos. But, what beautiful chaos. What a profound regenerative reminder that our truths are never really lost. It’s just that we — over time — bury what we know beneath layers of negation, confusion, ambition, or despair. (Click “Read More”)

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February 11, 2014
4:54 pm

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Tamsin Smith

ERRANT MESSAGES

The word “errant” in modern times connotes delinquency, a straying from the proper path or program. Romping through history, however, “errant” in its archaic form suggests a wanderlust driven by the search for adventure. Did gallant curiosity become deviant somewhere along the way? And what of “curiosity” itself — does the word signify the same thing to all souls in time and space? (Click “Read More”)

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November 14, 2013
4:38 pm

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Tamsin Smith

SCORING ANGEL ENERGY

The taste of sweet blueberries and the word Barcelona make me happy…

Such a lucid notion: “The taste of sweet blueberries and the word Barcelona makes me happy” — just lie in the echo of that for a moment. It captures all that is most tender, effortless, thrilling, and true about life’s apotheosis. It stirs the mystery of the senses and the power of language up into one singular wave of joy. (Click “Read More”)

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September 7, 2013
11:02 pm

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Tamsin Smith

FROM HER TO ETERNITY

Of the countless works of creative wonder dotting the Playa at Burning Man 2013, there is one piece that stood out for me as supreme. Marco Cochrane’s steel and wire sculpture – “Truth is Beauty” – is a soaring triumph. It is grace. It is humility. It is grandeur. It is poetry. And, most amazingly, it is real.

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, — that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’

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August 2, 2013
4:23 pm

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Tamsin Smith

FEELING YOUR FEATHERS

Reciting Ranier Maria Rilke and Robinson Jeffers, Tamsin Smith rallies the crowd at the Aspen Leaders Action Forum to turn ideas into action. Click for the video.

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July 27, 2013
1:25 pm

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Tamsin Smith

GATHERING GADFLIES

There are no bystanders at the Aspen Leaders Action Forum. The small group, text-based seminars are designed specifically to draw personal, real-life responses from the global leaders who attend. This Socratic approach to interactive discussion isn’t simply a format; it goes to the core of the Aspen Institute’s founding vision and ongoing philosophy. The Institute affirms that there is a vital connection between deep inquiry and enlightened, effective leadership. And it goes further, holding it’s community accountable by continuing to tap a hammer against the window of our every day lives, lest we remain deaf and dumb to the “silent protest of statistics.”
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10:45 am

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Tamsin Smith

LKCF LAUNCHES FLIPBOARD’S “BIG IDEAS” SECTION

This week, we helped Flipboard move into the social impact space with two curated magazines on heart health and an exclusive interview with Larry and Shawn King. Download the app and start flipping. Share your ideas on favorite heart healthy recipes and everyday heart stars so we can spread the word. Click here for Larry’s Huff Po blog and a link to the interview.

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July 11, 2013
10:33 pm

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Tamsin Smith

OF YODAS AND YO-YOS

The tagline for TED is “Ideas Worth Sharing.” Platforms like The Huffington Post make it that much easier to do so. Sometimes the content is such that we can simply sit back to absorb the insights. Other times, the only right response is to stand up and do more than listen. Certainly, this is true when the topic is social justice or global crises, but I’ve just learned that it can also be true when the topic is the elevation of a common childhood toy to the realm of high metaphor. (Click “Read More”)

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June 15, 2013
6:23 pm

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Tamsin Smith

PRISMS OF POSSIBILITY

Yet the absence of the imagination had / Itself to be imagined

So declares Wallace Stevens in his poem “The Plain Sense of Things.” What I take from these words is that whether or not we acknowledge this interpenetration of the actual and the perceived, the world is indeed what we make of it. The words remind us that we actively participate in defining reality even when – and perhaps especially when – we place limits upon what is possible.

The very essence of Stevens’ beguiling poetry is its refusal to be tethered. The verse is challenging to those who seek defined meaning and rules of interpretation. The poems seem to float above the laws of gravity. His verses are nothing if not a chorus of clouds refusing to lie still on solid ground. Herein lies their mysterious magnificence. (Click “Read More”)

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May 19, 2013
12:16 am

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Tamsin Smith

Heart to Heart with Larry King

SSS is pleased to announce that Tamsin Smith has been tapped to lead the expansion and relaunch of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation. Read more on the new direction in blogs from Tamsin and Larry.

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