Monday, December 26, 2011

Pending Resolution(s)

Hey readers, what the heck have you been thinking about changing in your life for the New Year!? Let me know.

I've been remembering all of my former resolutions and just how great I was at forgetting about them around January 13th...if I am lucky. So maybe I should make a resolution to just remember what it is that I want to change. I mean dang, if I can't even remember then I am surely not going to do it/change anything. But I usually don't make any grand plan or earth-shattering shifts...more like:
  1. Eat more vegetables and local foods.
  2. Smile more often than not.
  3. Be nice, you jerk.
  4. Quit berating yourself, you jerk (wait a minute....)
  5. Ski with Esty as much as possible.
That seems like a good start. Kinda reminds me of a NATO vibe, minus the jerk stuff. Hey, I bet putting it onto the blogosphere will allow me to come back and remind myself. If you notice that I am not fulfilling these five (5) commandments, please send me a link to this post. 'Cause I know that all you readers are keeping an eye on everybody else, you're so dang selfless!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's a Free Country

Ha ha ha ha! I love this. It's not every day that a man walks up to a campaigning politician and, in front of everybody, calls him a "F-ing A-hole!" But, as the other side of the coin shows, he is a lunatic democrat! As long as you are laughing....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Count them

Friends. Food. Water. Children. Pets. Family. Music music music.

Just a few of the things that I put in the blessings category. Being thankful and being un-thankful are both daily choices, moment by moment. Darned if I don't catch myself slipping into a repetitive spiral of thoughts that don't serve me (anymore, perhaps).

A smile cracks and the greater, more calm part of me remembers that I can't fight this current, I can't stay in the old shell, I can't stay put. A deep breath reveals that the blessings continue. Exhale; so lucky. Inhale; so free.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Think About It.

Work in obedience to your vision, 
not to career success.

That's the idea that has been rattling my delicate cage.

YES! Magazine (super rad non-profit ad-free ultra positive goodness) ran an article on a Mr. Wes Jackson, who has been working on basically lessening the damaging effects of agriculture by revamping perennial plants, like rice, sorghum and sunflowers, and tuning in the process to mimic nature's wise way. Hmmmm...a good idea, indeed. She (Nature) has been at it a while longer than we have. The classroom is all around us.

Jackson's daughter brought up the idea and it seemed to positively alter her Dad's life. The idea resonated with me and also made me remember just how much "career success" is kinda "what it's all about" in my culture(/the world?). The times I've spent clenching my jaw, fondling smelly money, eeking and squeeking, they have mostly been for a shallow vision. Money will come and go, but the vision is what will decide whether it will be adored for its false power or merely a tool to attain something greater than simply attaining it! I guess if you don't have a vision yet, well you had better get one!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let Time Lapse

Here is a pretty nice time lapse video of the night sky.

Time lapse Maroco from Jean-Luc Dauvergne on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


My new favorite rock song: Warren Zevon's "Nighttime in the Switching Yard" from his Excitable Boy album. It's a freakin' great album...the video is from some Aussie TV show? Killer hair and dancing...

Also check out Detox Mansion, Splendid Isolation, and, of course, Lawyers, Guns and Money. This is another case of awesomeness that doesn't fit the cultural mold so it gets overlooked. Like Ween, the best band ever, and Estoria's favorite. That's my girl!

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