Living Prosperously

Living Prosperously

“Why are you sad?” “Because you speak to me in words and I look to you with feelings.” ~Leo Tolstoy For the longest time, I looked down with disdain at emotion, tried to ignore the fact of feeling in human beings, erase the constituent component that is needed for humans to be fully human. My […]

Avoiding A Monkey Fucking

Avoiding A Monkey Fucking

I pretended not to hear him, although mentally I wished him a monkey fucking. ~Roberto Bolaño One of the coping mechanisms I learned from my father was extreme avoidance. “Ignore it and it will go away.” “Pretend it did not happen.” “Never talk about it.” Conflict is avoided in the short term but the underlying […]

A Sparsity of Friends

A Sparsity of Friends

I don’t trust people who say they have a lot of friends. It’s a sure sign they don’t really know anyone. ~Carlos Luis Zafón My life is filled with acquaintances, many people I know primarily at a surface level. I see the skin of their lives, sometimes their blood when a wound opens them and […]

Sorry, Not Sorry

Sorry, Not Sorry

The greatest compliment ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. ~Henry David Thoreau Unless I am giving a presentation, I do not bring my laptop to meetings, especially 1:1 meetings. Burying your face in electronics while someone is attempting to have a conversation with you is […]

Life is a Work of Art

Life is a Work of Art

It takes time to live. Like any work of art, life needs to be thought about. ~Albert Camus My life, your life, all human life is a work of art continually in progress, continually evolving, brush strokes on a canvas of humanity laying a continually developing imprint of who we are. Hopefully, our art grows […]

Breaching My Troubled Soul

Breaching My Troubled Soul

Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. ~Carlos Ruz Zafón Most of my closest friends are books. Does that seem sad? Is it good? Does it really matter if I count as […]

Throwing Gifts Into The Heavens

Throwing Gifts Into The Heavens

There is a universal longing for the freedom to express oneself. ~David Olson All people are filled with a deep longing undergirding their psyche, buttressed by the desire for freedom in society wherein self-expression can be voiced without fear of being shamed, without fear by of being arrested by the career criminals in power. For […]

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