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In Remembrance of Emily

“This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear

 

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams.
For if dreams go,
Life is a barren field
Covered with snow.

– Langston Hughes

Shake It Out

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

Our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”

—Oscar Wilde

 

Final Friday the 13th of 2013

108 days free from psych meds. 78 days of continuous sobriety.  I’m not endorsing discontinuation of meds, not by any means, but for me, it took the former to promote the latter. However, I do feel like I was overmedicated.

While we’re talking milestones, check this out: on 12.13.2003, I graduated from one of the finest institutions in the South, The Georgia Institute of Technology with my Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science with Highest Honour.

That’s right! Today’s the 10 year anniversary of my college graduation. What a long, strange, wonderful trip it’s been.  I’ve always wanted to return to higher ed, but the winding road of my life hasn’t quite led me back there yet. I’ve actually started looking at PhD programs in Neuroscience… and, armed with a burgeoning clarity of mind and reinvigorated sense of self, this dream may finally have wings.

Happy Friday the 13th, y’all! DREAM BIG!

Indie Bound

Why shop Indie?

When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy

  • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.

The Environment

  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community

  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents.

IndieBound supports Independent Business Alliances around the country. To find an alliance near you, visit AMIBA orBALLE.

Learn more about IndieBound.

I love therapy to this day: pay somebody just to not run screaming from the room. This is the best! And I can talk about anything I want. I’m not making fun. I love therapy, and I’m grateful I had it, but it didn’t stop me from drinking, guys. Therapy won’t stop you from drinking if you’re the real McCoy, the ‘genetically predisposed alcoholic.’ Bill Wilson uses that term, not Chris Raymer. Bill Wilson says, ‘But what about the real alcoholic?’ Introduce yourself from the podium like that sometime and watch them line up after to take inventory. ‘What do you mean? You think you’re special?’ ‘Probably.’”

—Chris R., from his Oct. 24, 2013 talk at We Are Not A Glum Lot Big Book Study in Dunwoody, GA

Being a Morning Person Pretty Much Rocks. Here’s Why.

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few.

I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on.

Read more: 5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM — from Lifehacker*

*originally published on Forbes.com as 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

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@TheRegularGuys@houseofwachs@SouthsideSteve@TimAndrewsRG I get you think it’s fun to rip on GT but lets be honest pic.twitter.com/ABhKKaVIkr

— Alex vanDyck (@alexvd4) November 26, 2013

 

I (still) absolutely adore Six Feet Under. Here’s a tasty tidbit.

“He could have at least made the effort to slam the door.  Young people have absolutely no commitment today.”
— Olivier Castro-Staal

Priceless. Olivier has some of the most epic lines (story & spoken) on this show.