“Don’t be afraid to be the one who loves the most.”
"I can’t stand moral absolutism. You know, there’s always that guy who wants to point out that Martin Luther King cheated on his wife— as if he obviously couldn’t have been a great person if he did something like that. Or someone will bring out an inspirational quote, and get you to agree, and then inform you that Hitler said it. As if a good thought couldn’t come from Hitler. Moral absolutism keeps us from learning from the past. It’s easy to say: ‘Hitler was a demon. Nazis were all bad seeds.’ That’s simple. It’s much harder to say: ‘Is that humanity? Is that me?’"
Thank you to my dear friend, Lance, for making me look so official!
Though my content and CSS skills (times have definitely changed since the advent of Xanga…) aren’t nearly up to par with the coolness of this domain title, I’m happy to have a new hobby(?)!
Here I go documenting and sharing my life and thoughts… again.
The government shutdown and looming threat of default have pitted House conservatives against the Republican Party’s traditional allies in the business community. Populist Tea Partiers driven by ideology care little for the pleas for sanity from banking lobbyists and the Chamber of Commerce; indeed, they wear their disregard for Big Business as a badge of honor.
Where does that leave the Koch brothers? The billionaire industrialists have funded a sprawling empire of libertarian-conservative activism; they’ve been dubbed the bankrollers of the Tea Party. Liberals frequently accuse them of seeking deregulatory policies to further their company’s financial interests. But what happens when the Tea Party’s ideological warfare threatens to plunge the U.S. economy into chaos?
The answer: The Kochs appear to be distancing themselves from the movement they’ve helped to create.
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"If you make art for the sake of money, it isn’t art. It’s business."
When you remember a past event, you are actually remembering the last time you remembered it, not the event itself.
There is a program that pairs abused, neglected, or abandoned dogs with prison inmates for the rehabilitation of the dogs and the inmates.
Every December 25th, a town in Peru celebrates “Takanakuy.” Men, women, and children settle grudges with fistfights. Then everyone goes drinking together, ready to start the new year with a clean slate.
By Gary Arndt
One common thread I’ve noticed when people interact with me is that they will often refer to me as being “lucky”.
“You are so lucky to be able to travel that much!”
“You are so lucky to have visited Fiji!”
“You are so lucky to have gone to the Rugby World Cup!”
With my latest trip to Antarctica the “lucky” cries have grown even louder.
I understand that no one intends to be disrespectful when they say I’m lucky, but I want to make it clear that luck has nothing to do with it.
Luck implies some sort of random chance. Luck implies circumstances outside of my control.
Everything I’ve done I did because I wanted to do it. I made a conscious effort to travel around the world. I made hard decisions about selling my house and moving away from my friends and family.
I will be the first to admit that I have been very fortunate to have done all the things I’ve done, and I’m grateful every day to live the life that I do, but it isn’t a matter of luck.
The only people who are lucky in travel are game show contestants. Everyone else needs to make a choice.
If you desire to see the world, you need to make it a priority in your life. You can’t just wish that “someday” you will get to travel. As Creedence Clearwater Revival so eloquently stated, “someday never comes“.
Once you make the decision that you are going to take that big trip, the hard part is done. The rest is planning and saving.
Don’t rely on luck.
"Sometimes, when I’m going home to see her, I think: ‘Nobody should be this happy on a Tuesday.’"
"The great thing about New York, is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you."