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Sunday Snippet: Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)

August 31st, 2014

“I learned to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who can you expect to believe in you?” Ever since the first time I heard Chester Bennington screaming about being one step closer to the edge, I was hooked on Linkin Park. Their electric energy is positively contagious and one of the best […]

On YOLO, FOMO, JOMO and Life Choices

August 29th, 2014

Blame it on the texting generation. Blame it on Twitter’s 140 character limit. Popular culture today is heavily populated by all sorts of acronyms. From FML to FTW, these terms are oftentimes utilized in the form of hashtags to encapsulate a person’s current frame of mind. We could brush these off as fleeting moments of […]

Sunday Snippet: Aubrey Plaza

August 24th, 2014

“I’m not very smart to begin with, so I can’t overthink anything. If I’m thinking about something, that’s a big deal for me.” I know I have the habit of being particularly philosophical or pensive in nature. I think a lot. At least, I think I think too much and that’s partly why I selected […]

On the Pursuit of Enlightenment

August 21st, 2014

We all want to feel like our actions have a purpose. I go to the grocery store with a shopping list in tow. If I exit the grocery store with every item ticked off the list, I can feel a certain sense of accomplishment, however small it may be. You might go to university with […]

Sunday Snippet: Robin Williams (1951 – 2014)

August 17th, 2014

“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day… […]

Sunday Snippet: The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)

August 10th, 2014

“The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.” I am completely and utterly guilty of this. Just look at the logo for this blog: it’s Rodin’s Thinker (Le Penseur). Not only do I catch myself thinking too much; I […]

Sunday Snippet: Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell)

August 3rd, 2014

“Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration and 2% attention to detail.” The vast majority of “family” sitcoms on television have depicted mostly typical families. Even with a show like Married with Children, the core family unit is intact, even if its members may be a little dysfunctional. Modern Family has elements of that too, but […]

Sunday Snippet: Jim Carrey

July 27th, 2014

“I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called the body from which to experience creation. Though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model. It was, after all, a loaner and would have to be returned. Then, I learned […]