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“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” -George Burns Today is my birthday. I was born close to noon, so I like to think that explains my penchant for sleeping late. And since I tend to be more of a thinker than a talker, they have a way of always […]

Gusto.

I was reminded tonight that whatever I put in to something needs to give the┬ásame in return. Specifically, I was told that I’m deserving of gusto. Gusto. Great enjoyment, energy and enthusiasm. I agree. It’s so easy to wake up each day and put your heart into that which matters to you. So long as […]

Quest Physics

“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call “The Physics of the Quest.” A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from […]

Squirrels.

There’s a commercial for DirecTV that keeps me cracking up long after its 30-second duration. The squirrels just aren’t listening to Dave. In a park setting, a man is unsuccessfully trying to shoo a gang of rodents away. They’re not interested in his pleas and shrieks. In fact, they leap onto his legs, torso — […]

Light.

“In all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.” More TV quotes tonight, the above courtesy of Contact. Beyond its relation to the movie, the first thing this line made me think of is my frequent feeling of sadness and disinterest in the world — thanks to […]

Game-changing truth.

It’s a game-changer. We’ve all heard the phrase before. But sometimes it comes down to not trying to change the game, but your game. Nobody reinvents this game. So goes the line in Moneyball. It might be true if you’re talking about the general perception of something. The majority’s perception. What the commonly held belief […]

November Sky

The shadows began growing longer by the time we were over Kansas. It’s been years since I’ve visited the state, but it still managed to appear equally calm and pleasant from above. No time to visit today, though. I’m making my way further east. A haze was settling over the landscape below, and something about […]

Kill With a Smile

Billy Joel is one of my favorite musicians. The first concert I ever went to was one of his, and he’s responsible for my pre-teen love affair with the state of New York. I used to open up the encyclopedia and sketch the entire state, counties included. When a stray cat we took in ended […]