Beyond the Rhetoric


I Need You to Hold Me to This

November 16th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

The (Partial) Reading List

Finding the motivation to establish good habits can be quite the challenge. Sometimes, it’s helpful to look at the big picture to realize how your little steps are working toward something much grander. When it comes to going to the gym and staying active, you might get a workout buddy. One strategy the Internet can easily accommodate is public shaming and this is where you come in.

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Sunday Snippet: Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content

November 15th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Jeph Jacques, Questionable Content

“You ought to expect better of people. It encourages you to be a better person yourself.”

Despite all the horrific atrocities that we hear about on the news, I’d like to think that most people are good most of the time. I’d like to think that the people performing these heinous acts are the exception, rather than the rule. I’d like to think that this is true regardless of whether you’re Catholic, Anglican, Jewish, Muslim or atheist. As such, I’d like to think that we can expect better of most people and I want them to expect better of me.

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White Collar, Blue Collar or No Collar

November 13th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Working Hands

I was at the local bottle depot, returning my empty cans and bottles as I had done so many times before, except I visited a location that wasn’t my usual spot. No big deal, I just happened to be in a different neighborhood. As I was sorting through the empties, I noticed that one of the employees at the depot was an old elementary school classmate. I hadn’t seen her in about 20 years.

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A Guide to Honolulu Coffee and Sweets

November 12th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Honolulu Coffee and Sweets - Leonard's Bakery

Aloha again. Last week, we took a look at some of the best places in and around Honolulu where you could find some spam musubi and loco moco on a shoestring budget. Today, we continue our tour of the Hawaiian island of Oahu by getting caffeinated and indulging our respective sweet teeth. Traveling around Waikiki and the surrounding area can be quite the treat and a cool dessert is a great way to beat the heat.

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Lest We Forget

November 11th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Remembrance Day

A moment of silence.

A Baby Glossary of Terms for Clueless Dads

November 9th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

A Baby Glossary of Terms for Clueless Dads

Whenever you find yourself working in a new industry or taking on a new role, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the new lingo and jargon. Everyone around you seems to know what they’re talking about, but you’re completely lost. Such is the case when you become a new mom or dad, except it seems that new moms tackle this extensive lexicon more readily. Fret not, my brothers in spit-up-soaked arms. I’m here to help.

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Sunday Snippet: Hugh Laurie on Timing

November 8th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Sunday Snippet: Hugh Laurie on Timing

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

Oh, I can’t travel to Japan just yet. I’ll do that when I’m retired. Oh, I can’t take a photography class right now. I’ll do that after I’ve had some more practice. Oh, I can’t start my own blog or write my own book. I’ll do that after I’ve come up with a better idea or when I’ve found the WordPress theme I want to use.

Excuses. These are all excuses.

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Where to Find Cheap Eats in Honolulu

November 6th, 2015 by Michael Kwan

Musubi Cafe Iyasume, Waikiki

Many people flock to Hawaii every year for a number of reasons. Some come for the sun and others for the surf. And then there those who come for the Spam… grilled and placed on top of sushi rice before being wrapped up in some nori.

Unlike the more limited selection of restaurants in Maui, the island of Oahu in general and the Waikiki region in particular features a bounty of culinary delights. You don’t need a big budget either, as there are plenty of cheap eats in Honolulu to be enjoyed. I just hope you like white rice.

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