Semi-Charmed Life


What Color Are Your Lenses?

Futility Closet


Happy Thanksgiving! – 2011 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving everybody :)

I am thankful for my health. We don't often stop to think just how fragile we are as humans. Life and health can be taken away from you in an instant. As a person that tries to train 3-5 days a week, I am so thankful that I am blessed with the health and ability to allow me to pursue that type of lifestyle.

I am thankful for the health of my friends and family. It is never a good time when loved ones become ill. When loved ones suffer, it becomes your suffering as well.

I am thankful that I am alive. Every moment on earth is a chance to create an experience.

I am thankful for jiu jitsu. It has given me a certain type of structure and order to my life. Jiu jitsu is a personal journey that revolves around progress and cultivating yourself to be the best you can be. Jiu jitsu teaches humility. It is hard to have an ego when you constantly have these better and more experienced training partners who just demolish you day after day. But as you grow over the years, you can see the improvement in your game, and at points you start falling into the role of a teacher. It's a great feeling to have somebody ask me what move I just pulled off on them. I love sharing whatever little knowledge I have acquired in these past 3 and half years. It's such a fulfilling experience because the more I train, the more I realize just how LITTLE I know. Jiu jitsu is a lifelong journey and there is ALWAYS something new to learn because there will always be someone out there who is better than you who will have something to show you.

I am thankful for the human experience. I never want to lose my sense of wonder and this awe and appreciation of life.

And that's it.

The common theme I've been seeing is that people are just thankful for health, friends and family. And really, that is ALL WE NEED. Material possessions just are not in the equation.

I am not thankful, however, for the two FAT pimples on my nose. I am also not thankful for having to go in to work tomorrow.

Anyway, hope everyone had a grand old time today!

Cheers :)


Perfect Communication

I can understand many things my wife thinks before she even says a word, and guess at her mood from changes so slight that I imagine no one else could see them. . . . I can sometimes tell her she's anxious or tired before she has even realized it herself. "You look sad," I'll say, and she'll say something like, "Am I? Oh yes, I suppose I am." It's a beautiful kind of knowledge, since it brings us closer to each other, and as the years go by, her face says more and more to me. When I first met her, it was almost a mask, and I saw only its main lines. Now it almost never stops speaking to me, even when she is asleep. . . .

If I am looking at my wife and not saying a word . . . I am sending very gentle motions, faint undulations in the pool, and each one comes back to me as quickly as I send it. The two of us are like the two sides of a bowl, and the water between shimmers with an intricate pattern of crossing waves. Some of the most important moments of my life have been spent looking into her face as she looks back into mine and watching the liquid motions of her eyes as they make their silent points. In comparison to that kind of communication, everything else is crass. -- James Elkins


Bloom Like An Artist

Happy Friday!

Came across this great comic:

Jellyvampire-stripe for 09.05.2011


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A Life Remembered

Marie Curie