Go With The Flow: Trust It

Growing up, my dad often told me to, “Go with the flow.” As with other things he said to me growing up, this only came to have meaning to me after he was gone (…the people we love have a way of gilding us like that, even after they are gone from our lives…). MyContinue reading “Go With The Flow: Trust It”

Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence

I’ve previously featured their father, Will, as one of my real life inspirations; so it’s no surprise to begin this entry tonight by writing about his two terrifically well-adjusted children, Willow and Jaden, whom I think are awesome. In a word, they are that rare thing among people – individuals – those fine persons capable of thinking and actingContinue reading “Willow and Jaden Smith, Fuck Motivation, and a Healthy Self-Confidence”

Real Life Inspiration: Ed Ricketts

I heard an anecdote recently in relation to John Steinbeck (Prayerhand-6god-emoji) guy pal (And total bad ass) Ed Ricketts (Add another prayerhand-6god-emoji). Ed Ricketts is a man whom I deeply admire. He was, like all the people I admire, a stark individual. “His mind had no horizons,” as Steinbeck wrote of him, or rather, as “Doc”, theContinue reading “Real Life Inspiration: Ed Ricketts”

A Case of Narcissism: in Defense of a Reborn Ego

I had to write this tonight because I am feeling really, really smart. Like, I’m getting good at life. But beyond stating the obvious, something lighthearted has been a long time coming – to myself and my writing. Yeah, that winter of 2014 took a long time to thaw – but, thank the 6 god, spring isContinue reading “A Case of Narcissism: in Defense of a Reborn Ego”

Dear Society

There is a pain to growing up, a hurt inherent to not knowing how to ease the woes that accompany a given life. Woes arising from the truths we dare not face; our identity naturally in opposition to anything that threatens our core underlying beliefs about who we are. These core beliefs are typically unconscious,Continue reading “Dear Society”

Passages: East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Original copyright 1952. Centennial edition (from Steinbeck’s birth in 1902), Penguin Books, copyright 2002 Chapter 1 “You can boast about anything if it’s all you have. Maybe the less you have, the more you are required to boast.” – p. 4 “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about theContinue reading “Passages: East of Eden, John Steinbeck”

Selected Quotations: Pithy Pellets

Update: Mar 14, 2019:  I purchased this at a used book sale back in 2015. Almost four years later, I received an email from a man who attended a camp in 1969, where the writer, Clair Armin, gave out copies of Pithy Pellets. He had long since lost his.  Today I mailed it off toContinue reading “Selected Quotations: Pithy Pellets”

Passages: Gift From The Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In 1955 a forty-nine-year-old Anne Morrow Lindberg (Wife to famed aviator Charles Lindbergh) spent two weeks alone in a New England coastal cottage, where she penned her thoughts on aging, relationships, solitude, being a woman, and caring for the soul. Sixty years and three million copies in forty-three languages later, Gift From The Sea remainsContinue reading “Passages: Gift From The Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh”

Passages: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is the second entry in my Passages series, where I transcribe my favorite passages from a book I have just finished reading. Today I felt like an enjoyable read and thus returned to a story I relate to as both a writer and a human being. Fitzgerald manages to tell a story that isContinue reading “Passages: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald”

Passages: Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Joseph Campbell

Prologue: Introducing Passages I have begun sharing select literary passages on Facebook as of late, where, despite my small list of friends, I have received a substantial amount of positive feedback in the form of likes, shares, and comments. Prompted by this experiment, and spurred by my desire to champion good literature, I will beContinue reading “Passages: Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Joseph Campbell”

Completely Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Robina Courtin

30-year Tibetan Buddhist Nun (and total bad ass) Robina Courtin delivered a talk at Google in 2008 that’s chock-full of immensely refreshing, yet completely uncommon advice on happiness, neurosis, and “being your own therapist”. Powerful, powerful stuff. Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Rebina Courtin’s 2008 Talk at Google: Be Your Own Therapist Overview from Youtube: We spend ourContinue reading “Completely Uncommon Advice on Happiness from Robina Courtin”