you showed me the meaning of life

the three stages of a flower

the birth/seeding,

the growth and bloom of the plant

and then the death and decay back to earth

you did not show me the rain, the draught, the suffering and the disease


because, you said

the flower is the most beautiful part of it all

for the time




powerful conversation

early this month I had the honor/pleasure to sit at the table with a Native elder

doing the same great philanthropy work we all do

he had wise words to share:

“the most powerful and important part in any conversation is when you stop the other person and say, I NEED YOUR HELP…”


while watching  a great epic the other day with my nephews…this occurred


nephew: uncle, why does the hero go into the woods, and why doe she cry? (the hero takes a Teddy Roosevelt trip into the woods to recover his health and soul and punish himself for his physical failures)

me: in any epic story, the hero always finds himself in the wilderness. it is where all men can find back their strength, spirit and will. it cleanses you physically and spiritually. he is crying because he just got beat up. he is punishing himself by secluding himself in the woods while he practices martial arts to become a better fighter before he avenges.


speaking of the wilderness


thank you and congratulations to our gorgeous, wonderful, amazing National Parks Service.

You are 100 years old today!



btakrrl9cmy friend wanted to take me to lunch Monday. It just so happened that it was one of my random days off (I have a shit ton PTO), so I obliged. it was quite a sweet surprise. over lunch, she informed me that she and her husband are expecting! how awesome. I’m so happy for her. she’s always been so eager to settle down and start a family.

and as if that was not enough, just the very next day, another close friend gave the same announcement…under the guise of a birthday gathering for two other friends….he took it as an opportunity to announce that he and his wife were expecting a baby in February. how friggin’ awesome is that.


how growing up poor made me a bad ass

I syndicate this gem


How Growing Up Poor Made Me A Bad-Ass