Book Recommendation and a Story, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

Vigor Is Fleeting - A Story And a Book with Purpose It's hard to pick a favorite story (all true) from Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Each character broke my heart and earned my respect for different reasons. Alice's story stays with me daily though, seeping into my subconscious and sleeping hours. …

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Hike: Escape the Stagnant Stench of Suburbia

Hike: Daily Prompt, Sept 19 “Even the most beautiful of the stars are taken for granted night after night.” -Veronika Jensen Sorry for the buzzkill, but here's a healthy dose of reality for ya: The older you get the more probable it is that life will throw some unfortunate happenings your way. It's a numbers game, really. And may the odds be ever …

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Frame: Self Portraits Can Be Deceptive (and so can selfies)

Frame This week's photo challenge is "frame: to use your surroundings to capture a different point of view." As conscious beings, we humans still seem to lack a lot of self-awareness in favor of self-deception. Self-preservation, perhaps. Modern social media enables us to manipulate and mold whatever self we want to see and share with the …

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Get Your Head in the Clouds… Then Reach Above

Reach Daily Prompt - Saturday, August 13, 2016 It's hard to reach the stars when you're standing on shaky ground. You can dream high as long as you start building low. If you fall into deep water, you'll struggle to swim to dry land if you never learned to tread water. Whether it's something complex like learning …

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5 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs

Visionaries are important people. They keep our world progressing forward. They ignite paradigm shifts, changing the way we live and interact with society. They inspire us to do more, to be better, and to work smarter. Today, I wanted to honor the memory of one of the most creative and productive thinkers of our generation. Steve Jobs taught Americans how …

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Frail Are the Sutures Woven Through the Fabric of Humanity

Frail - Daily Prompt, July 18, 2016 [Frail... fail... ail...] Frail's a rickety old hospital bed. Frail's a freckled-faced boy, more interested in books than ball fields. Frail's an awkwardly lanky, shy girl, victim to sneering cheerleaders across the school cafeteria. Frail are all those poor stranded tree limbs, violently ripped apart in the wake of those vengeful summer storms. Frail's hunger, malnourishment, …

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Environmental Activist Takes Flint One Step Closer to Lead-Free Pipelines

In response to the ongoing lead crisis in Flint, Michigan, environmental activist Lois Gibbs recently visited the city to share organizational strategies with community leaders, demanding infrastructure investment for the reconstruction of water pipes. Representing her own organization, the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ), she also went to the Council on Environmental Equality …

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Layers: The Human Onion, Fossilized

Layers: Daily Prompt - Tuesday, July 5, 2016 *Photo courtesy of CFHA Blog.  When I was 22-years-old, I was once told I was liked because I was like an onion. A mysterious onion, with some surprising, bizarre little anecdotal atypical layers. People are less predictable than onions, of course. Peeling through the layers reveals an intricate myriad of …

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“Awe”: The Awful and the Awesome

  Awe Daily Prompt: June 23, 2016 Awe's a pretty positive word... usually. Not always, though. And certainly not today. Not for me. Awe is typically reserved to describe a sensation one feels towards something revered with respect... and wonder... sometimes, fear. Today though, I'd still say I'm in awe. Of people, in particular. But …

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