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Passive Aggressive or A Good Monkey Fucking

Passive Aggressive or A Good Monkey Fucking

I pretend not to hear him, although mentally I wished him a monkey fucking. ~Roberto Bolaño How we react to conflict is frequently a behavior birthed from our family of origin and is heavily influenced by the culture in which we were raised. My father’s advice as I moved into challenging situations was two-fold. The […]

Soul Nurturers

Soul Nurturers

He gave up at cutting hair, and instead trimmed away at his soul, sip by snip. ~Eka Kurniawan To give up one’s passion, to forego love for expediency, to live for yesterday at the expense of the future are all soul diminishing activities, spirit-crushing choices. I am lucky to have been blessed with parents who […]

Is Hate Increasing?

Is Hate Increasing?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr. Hate seems to be on the rise in our world. It seems to be growing exponentially, spewing out of human vessels in a heap of vomit onto fellow vessels. It’s a stench […]

Are You Unfinished?

I believe we’re incomplete, unfinished individuals. ~Carlos Fuentes There is a theory of human development which states we are born Tabula Rasa, blank slates ready to gain knowledge through experience and perception…that is…a person is born empty and nurtured into personality independent of their nature. Anyone with more than one child knows this theory is […]

RIP: Patty Andrews

Without music, life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Nietzsche   Today, 30 Jan 2013, at the age of 94, Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, passed away.  To most people in my and subsequent generations that name would mean absolutely nothing. It would be just another blurb in the obituaries along […]

My Year in Review 2012

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard Too often at the end of a year, I hear people complain about how bad the past 12 months have been and how they are hoping for a better next year. The whining can get tiresome. I understand there are years when […]

The Crashing World

You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness. ~Jonathan Safran Foer Sometimes your world comes crashing down and you were completely unawares it was in free fall hurtling out of control. Sometimes everything you believed in turns out to have been an illusion, a lie you told yourself, a world created in […]

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