Portland Monthly has somehow come to the conclusion that Portland is the beardiest town in these United States. While I can already hear the heavy sigh and collective “duh” from PDX beardies throughout the snow covered Willamette Valley, I am quite excited to see a little recognition (even…
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”—Benjamín Button - Letter to his daughter
“Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.”—Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young - Mary Schmich
So it just hit me, our (Palestinian) cab driver greeded me with “asa lama lakun” because he somehow thought I was Muslim myself. I think I have an idea as to what gave him that impression. Still, if the Muslim community cannot “distinguish me apart” what chances do I have for the rest of the world to do the same?
“You are not your body. You are not your emotions. You have emotions. You have thoughts as you have eggs for breakfast, but you are not the eggs, and you are not your emotions. You are as independent of your thoughts and emotions as you are of the bacon and eggs. You use the bacon and eggs in your physical composition, and you use your thoughts and emotions in your mental composition. Surely you do not identify with a piece of bacon? Then do not identify with your thoughts and emotions. When you set up barriers and doors, then you enclose emotions within you … as if you stored up tons of bacon in your refrigerator and then wondered why there was room for nothing else.”—Jane Roberts, “The Seth Material” (via oceanofmind) (via crashinglybeautiful)