Open Your Heart

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Have you ever seen a toddler run over to a complete stranger and hug them? It’s quite common actually because a child’s heart is open — it feels the beauty or the pain in others and is too young to sensor these feelings, so, without warning, may feel compelled to embrace a…

The Whites of Their Eyes

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Above: Photo © David X Young My father was an artist, as as such, felt that his sheer talent should merit him benefits. He took his art very seriously so he was not afraid of hard work as it related to his craft, but the idea of working a “straight” job was…

Driving while Blindfolded

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The holidays are happily behind us. It is not that I dislike the holidays. I enjoy them a great deal normally, but they are a frustrating delay when one has just moved and is in need of making money quickly. Everything gets put off until after the holidays — “Let’s just talk…

The Extra Lap

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Above: Odysseus strengthening himself against the sirens. [original source] After writing the last post the magnitude of the situation really hit me and it felt like I was in a runaway train, speeding down the tracks, about to crash into another train if the tracks weren’t switched. How could I bring all…

Keeping the Faith

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These past few weeks have been,well there really aren’t words for it — stressful, challenging, tumultuous… none of them really describe it the daily feeling of living on quicksand, of never having a safe, solid place to stand, of constantly rolling with the punches, shifting gears and carrying on. People say I’m…