My theme for 2011, "first world problems," emerged after seeing a Louis CK bit on Conan. Not to dismiss the validity of any struggles that you or others may be dealing with, especially if you're unemployed, ill, or somehow not where you think you want to or ought to be. But especially in Northampton, life for most of us, while not luxurious, ain't so bad compared to many other places. The region is a veritable Shangri-La.
|Green River Festival, July 2011|
|The trails behind Smith College make for a beautiful walk.|
|Naturalization ceremony for new immigrants to the U.S. on the Northampton courthouse lawn on July 4th, 2011.|
|The Peace Pagoda in Leverett|
|The Greenhouses at Smith College|
Here is the clip from the now defunct Conan O'Brien show of Louis CK's "Everything's amazing and nobody's happy":
With the passing of George Carlin, I think Louis CK is the most visionary comedian out there. His TV series "Louie" is pushing the boundaries far beyond anyone else out there. Here's a (graphic and confrontational) clip about the origins of the word "fag." Louis always diffuses the tension and the shock with silliness and humor, but the lessons make it through.