Liberty

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A coworker suggested I read the book “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman. Upon first reading the opening chapters the author came across as a curmudgeon, complaining about new technology. Mr. Postman starts the book off with a history lesson of the United States to show how discourse took place when the primary means of absorbing information was reading. There were debates and speeches that were packed with people looking for entertainm…

Destiny

Image taken by my sister-in-law in Santa Barbara

When I was at the tender age of 18, my best bud invited me on a blind date. The girl he was into invited her friend and with the four of us, the ingredients were ideal for matchmaking. I arrived at the Red Lobster close to the Times Square subway station in Manhattan. As I walked up, I saw the two very beautiful young ladies we were there to meet and my nerves decided to go into hyperdrive. The closer I got to them, the more I perspired. I felt as if I just hopped out of a pool. When I approach…

Being Intentional

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I’m currently in the middle of a book titled “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. My reader app tells me that I am 49% through, so I’m pretty much smack dab in the middle. So far the book has espoused the importance of the written language. The author goes to efforts to talk about American literacy during “The Age of Exposition.” During this time many gifted orators would travel around the young United States and give speeches or hold debates in front of throngs of well-informed pe…

Hardiness

Image taken by @kihomizuno at a Getaway

Have you ever been in the zone? The feeling where you are killing it in whatever you’re doing. Where you have unlocked a barrier in your mind and body and are operating on another level. When I think of being in the zone, I often think of elite athletes who go on to single-handedly take over games. Just this week I saw the highlights from the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics NBA game where Nets player Caris Lavert went on a ridiculous run. With his team down by 21 points, Caris went on to sc…

Iron Sharpens Iron

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There is a show I loved named “Avatar: The Last Airbender” that was a Nickelodeon hit when it first aired. If you only know of Avatar from seeing the M. Night Shyamalan movie, I am sorry you had to go through that. The movie is not a good reflection of the greatness of the show. In Avatar, the main character Aang is the titular character who is a once in a generation being capable of controlling (the show calls it bending) the elements of wind, water, earth and fire. In order to become a fu…

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