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Sunday Snippet: Helen Rowland

July 5th, 2015

The quote above is from American journalist Helen Rowland. She may have been right, but this is not a goodbye. It’s a thank you. Thank you for all the sacrifices and hardships you endured to give your family everything that you could. Thank you for loving us unconditionally, even when my brother and I weren’t […]

Sunday Snippet: Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

June 28th, 2015

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.” Think back to when you […]

The Little Things That Make Me Smile

June 26th, 2015

These last few days have been particularly trying for me and my family. That’s a big part of the reason why I’ve been rethinking the posting frequency on this blog and that’s why yesterday was the first time in a long time that I’ve “missed” a blog post. And as difficult as this week has […]

Sunday Snippet: Shunryu Suzuki on Possibilities

June 14th, 2015

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” Knowledge and experience can both be viewed as double-edged swords. Of course, they afford us a great deal of intrinsic value. It’s good to know that if you pay for a $16 purchase with a $20 bill, you should expect […]

The Modern Day Renaissance Man

June 11th, 2015

“So, what do you do?” We live in a society where we are largely defined and identified by the work that we do. Job titles carry with them a great deal of power and a veritable barrel of assumed traits and characteristics. When someone tells you he is a mathematician at a prestigious university, you […]

Sunday Snippet: Roy Chapman Andrews (1884-1960)

June 7th, 2015

“Always there has been an adventure just around the corner–and the world is still full of corners.” As children, we fill our hearts and minds with the many adventures we’ll get to experience when we get older. We dream about visiting the amazing pyramids at Giza. We envision our future as professional athletes or Hollywood […]

Sunday Snippet: Salma Hayek on Beauty

May 31st, 2015

“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.” Some people might look at the graffiti on […]

Sunday Snippet: Annabel Karmel

May 24th, 2015

“Follow your passion. Figure out what you love, who you really are. And have the courage to do that. Courage is the greatest of all virtues because if you haven’t got courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.” When we were kids, many of us had these big, bold […]