Sympathies and Then…

I’ve been spending a lot of time crying for people I do not know in countries near and far. Time and time again, we humans show that we are capable of such cruelty. With each person that leaves before their time, we lose just a little bit more of our humanity. I am sick and tired of signing petitions that do little but make us feel good for the moment. And looking at our leadership around the world and in all sectors, it’s clear that empathy is not part of their DNA’s foundation but an afterthought. Why? How much more pain does the world have to go through before we understand that we are at the roots of all of our issues. It’s hard to come up with words, but I found that the Dalai Lama has managed to once again show us an important thought:

People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments. (source from Duetsche Welle and Reddit)

He may be talking about the terrorists’ most recent unimaginable actions in Paris, but it is far from the only place to be hit recently. And terrorists are not only those who use physical violence, but must also include those who use verbal and thought violence. There are far too many people in this world who love to label people for their own ease of existence, without taking into account respect for others. This hurts everyone! Frankly, I for one and sick and tired of hearing these people in the limelight. What will make them shut up, listen and learn for once? Politics is most definitely not the answer, and changing leadership does nothing when we refuse to acknowledge the broken system we all contribute to.

It’s hard to find an organization, cause, or message to support when each only sees themselves as being the primary focus and not the world at large. We need to stop the cycle of tunnel vision. The world is made up of many intricate parts, with much outside of the human influence. It’s about time that we come together to create something that contributes to the growth of life and not the stunting decimation of it.

If you are looking to a leader in the government or industry to give us the answer, then you’re looking at the wrong people. Go to a mirror and take a look at your reflection. Do you only see yourself, or can you see the bigger picture? The world is a very big place and we all have a part to play. Counting on a system to give you the answer is like being able to count the grains of sand on a beach.

But if we focus on the interconnectedness of the world in all of its glory, then we see that any small piece that goes missing starts to unravel the big picture.

My sympathies are with Parisians at home and abroad. But my sympathies are also with those countries who live this existence on a daily basis. My heart hurts so much and the tears just keep coming. But we need to move past sympathy and find solutions that will stop the violence from continuing on all fronts so that people will stop getting hurt. Terror comes in many forms and in many places, but they can be fought with the light, whether it is knowledge, love, or understanding.

We can’t wait for the next election, the next meeting, or the next poll to uncover the answer. By then, it may be too late to stop the destruction of humanity. And I’m not just talking about our species, but also our worth. The issues are many but they all tie together, just like humanity and this world. Why we refuse to see this all for the sake of short term gains is beyond me.

I want the hurt to stop for everyone, but we can only do this together and it won’t be easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is.


Close Your Eyes and Listen…An Amazing Cover

So, it’s been awhile and I hope that you all are doing well.

I just came across an amazing cover of Adele’s “Hello” from a Korean student with an incredible voice. Just close your eyes and listen because this is what true love sounds like. If you love something this much, then it shines through in ways that can be as inspiring as the original.

We spend so much time trying to figure out who created something first, but that isn’t always the most important lesson. What you take from each discovery and what you do with its inspiration is all yours, and when you share it with the world then you have gifted us all with something so precious and unique.

Don’t just keep grabbing everything for yourself. These creations aren’t meant to be owned by one person. Everything created has been inspired from something they’ve encountered somewhere else. The uniqueness is in how we interpret our own creation and send it out into the world to give it a life of its own. They’re meant to inspire what follows to take us a step further into the future. Fighting for a claim of your own misses the whole point of creating.

Listen to this amazing rendition because it will break your heart and build it up anew with its emotion:

- thanks to Reddit for this mind-blowing find. There is just so much talent in this world, isn’t there?!


You Think They Don’t Understand You?

Did you really think that your little babies don’t understand what you’re saying? Maybe you even thought that you could get away with talking about certain things in front of them. Etienne Harris wanted to have a little love and conversation with his babies, and well, just take a look at what happened:


Their reactions to Daddy were just too hilarious. Guess they thought that they were in the clear after the initial love fest. Jeez, Reddit still manages to find some awesome clips of us living with our favorite family members. This one really ranks up there with some of the best! Ha ha.

You might want to rethink your conversations from now on.

Just saying…


Support Is Always There…

Sometimes the world doesn’t notice when you drop out of sight, and it makes you wonder if you really are here. We’re always wondering about our reason of being, especially when that reason goes out of focus. It can happen when the world fights who you are, until you see yourself clearly once more.

For any creative person, The Reason tends to be the way it moves us because the feeling is just as important as the destination. It’s pretty impossible to make something that counts to you unless you feel it way down deep in your bones, because that’s what refills the well. But in the long run, the creation requires support to flourish.

Fly as high as you have the support! (thanks to freestockphotos for this happy moment)


When we receive feedback, it sometimes makes us soar. And those times are when creatives thrive. The feelings we receive feed the well where our dreams are taking root, awaiting their own moment to grow. But there are other times when the words we hear can block us because they conflict with our innermost selves. How you overcome those darker moments will tell you how strong and deep the well goes.

There is little to fear, because those darker moments can also create a different type of emotion that is just as powerful as the light. Both light and dark make up a full day, and support those conflicting needs that live in us all. Those diverging creations you make will attract those like and not, which is what the muse desires. Just remember that support is always there, and sometimes it pops up even if you haven’t nurtured it as you should. Take the feeling that it creates and see where it takes you. It will definitely be somewhere special, because it pushed you just a little higher into the sky so that you see more of the world around you.

This is for you @jessenovels, who sees the world from a depth that makes you feel…more. Thanks for sending me that exhilarating breeze that took me to another height once again. The world just got a little brighter because my vision sees another new color and so much more.

Thanks, my friend!


Expectations = RESPECT(?)

I’ve got to say that I’m a fan of GE commercials. Their ad campaigns always know how to touch us on an emotional level. But this one is a perfect example of the world we live in today.

We’re always arguing about generational gaps, without realizing that they exist primarily because the world continues to change at a much faster pace than we do. It’s not about age more than it is about expectations that are important to us.

Have you had a conversation with someone, and it felt like you were talking about a totally separate topic? Even if you both started on a common theme, it sort of mutated part way through into a science experiment that went out of control…or worse, a political debate. Especially if you’re looking at the topic through different lenses.

So, what will it take to realize that there are many perspectives involved in every topic we discuss, and that they all contain some legitimate points according to each perspective. Until we recognize that the phrase, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, really does accurately describe the world that we live in, we’re going to have a hard time. It shouldn’t be about the actual beauty, but it always seems to be. I guess that our quest for perfection really is an experiment that has gone too far. It’s not about perfection, but about the creation and all it entails. Every creation is fulfilling someone’s expectation, but it won’t always get the respect that it deserves because it’s being viewed through different colored lenses that don’t always see the same thing.

But seriously….you CAN’T pick up the hammer, can you?


Chuckle…GE advertising does it again. Just like they did with this one, which is one of my favorites:

This one really got to me in the best of ways, and inspires me to persevere with my dreams! We really do need to realize if our expectations are tinting our glasses the wrong color. Respect doesn’t just come from others. It has to start with yourself first. Once you have that, the rest usually follows.

…just saying


Saving Your Passion

Today, I read an opinion piece from a fellow writer fighting against corporate strictures (it’s called How Corporate America Killed My Writing by Jim Sollisch). It resounded with me because I also feel the shackles that he fights against. I’m not linking to it because of all of the stupid copyright fights that are going on in court nowadays, killing the ability to share with one another without worrying about ownership. But that’s a discussion for another day.

We’re all writers, though some are more in tune with this passion than others. We all have passions that drive us, whether it be words, rhythms, or brush strokes. We all have a creative side that yearns to be heard, touched, and respected. I’ve even bought myself a quote ring (by the phenomenal Juella Designs) that I wear daily to remind myself to respect my passion because that’s the only way that I’m saving my passion. Passion is nurtured, just as any emotion needs to be. But the passion of creation is one of the most powerful because of what it can become.

Anyone who does their passion professionally runs the risk of facing disagreement with their creation. No one seems to respect the creator much anymore, because all they’re concerned with is the product. It can’t even be called a creation because it lacks the passion that normally drives our creations. Words put together to sell have a different rhythm than words that contain our soul. Perhaps they’re meant to, because the process is so different. But the one risk that we all face is the loss of passion because someone worries about cost without respecting the personal. If it costs you more than you’re willing to part with, then what is its true worth to YOU? And if it doesn’t create more passion, than what is its purpose to YOU? At some point, you have to recognize that YOU count just as much as what you can do. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

We all have to sell out to some level to pay the bills. But we shouldn’t have to suffocate our soul in order to produce on demand. True creation cannot be demanded – it comes naturally because life searches out what it wants to spark. The spark is there for a reason that has absolutely nothing to do with money. If all you see is the money, then you won’t get why so many chose to create just because. Some creators get that you’re saving your passion, because it’s the way to save your soul. Life has soul, and it’s a very important spark of creation.

Perhaps DangerDust represents it best with a quote from Robin Williams:

Spark of Madness by DangerDust and Robin Williams















…just saying



Our Hero

We all love Dave Grohl. The man is just an awesome human being that I’d love to meet just once. We really need more guys like him: fun-loving, passionate, giving, and just an all-around big-hearted guy…like a beloved teddy bear but full of life. That his music touches so many is a bonus for us all.

Our hero…we’ve got all kinds of heroes who do amazing things, but we really don’t appreciate people who are all-around amazing people enough.

It’s not always about the awards and accolades. Sometimes, it’s as simple as reacting to another person’s emotion in a humane and awesome way, making them feel special for a brief moment that will last forever with them.

Our hero, Dave Grohl, for being an amazing person who so many people love and adore. Damn, now they’ve got me crying. Today’s been a weird and teary Monday. Hope that you all have a heart-filled week!

…just because we need more of this in our lives!!!

Thanks Reddit for this great moment.


When Robots Dream

Do you remember your first cyberpunk novel? I started with William Gibson when I found out about the genre, and moved to Philip Dick and onward. Computers fascinate me, probably because I was at the beginning of their explosion into society in the 80s. I can still taste how my first run at programming had turned my fascination to hatred. Debugging code lines trying to find that stupid extra period that killed my 100s of lines of code in the middle of the night, because that’s when lab was available, made me realize that here was another niche that wasn’t mine. It sucked, because I loved computers and especially the Net. There was a world that anyone could belong to and not worry about fitting in. And I wanted to go online and explore.

Sure, I know that I gave up too early on coding and regret that because I realize that coding is still so important in life. That’s why I’m trying again. Because life has a code, just like computers do. But code is only part of the equation. I still love the digital world because its potential is limitless. And that’s what this world needs right now in comparision to what the system offers. The movies of the earlier Net, like Hackers, were cheesy but they confirmed the belief of those who love the digital: the real world was off-balance and unfair, and the virtual world could become the next version based on a more beautiful and more balanced code. We could cut the incessant talk about flimsy shredded bootstraps, because the new world was only a few 1′s and 0′s away.

Moving on a few decades from that aspirational beginning, we’ve matured but not much has changed since then. Code is written and then corrupted by impure intentions…or maybe they were never meant to be pure in the minds of those who built the physical world. The bugs eventually moved into the virtual world, and threaten all of the idealism of the young digital plane because too many are trying to duplicate the physical construct onto the digital one. Just like all those cyberpunk novels warned us about. What do we do?

Enter Mr. Robot, the new show that just started on the USA network. I saw the original trailer and thought that it looked promising. But I, and many others, have been fooled before by the creations of the mainstream. Their skewed visions destroyed promising conversations that so many want to have in the pursuit of temporary pedestals. Would this be another such disappointment?












Here’s a glimpse of its intentions. I don’t know about you, but it’s speaking to me. And so I delved into the first two episodes and all I can say is….WOW! Sam Esmail (read his Reddit AMA) has taken a subject that many digital lovers follow, and created something smart, off-balance, dirty, and impressive. He’s finally given the respect back to everything related to the virtual world. There are no more clumsy attempts to make something cool, just because the status quo only recognizes that label as legitimate. Why should something so out of balance as the digital world have to fit in? Its messages have always been atonal, because it’s made of the chattering voices of all of its participants. Chaos rules in the multitude of shouts, while the code tries to maintain balance: yin and yang in 1′s and 0′s. Like the system tries to remove chaos from a world filled with so many differences.

Is the world bugging you? Do you feel the balance threatening to sweep you into a whirlpool of acceptance? Are you a peg of any normal shape, a cog spinning endlessly trying to maintain the required flow of “progress”? Do you question where this progress is taking us all? Well, if you do, then you just might like Mr. Robot. It’s the acknowledgement that something is not right with the world.

We are taking a walk in the shoes of the main character, Elliot, who stands on the cusp between two worlds, looking for the right path to follow. We have to ask ourselves, like Elliot does, whether we want to make a difference and change this world that so few admire. What would we do if we had the opportunities presented to Elliot? Or do we want to destroy the status quo like Mr. Robot, the alter ego and potential hero/villain (depends on your perspective)?

If you can relate to any of these questions, then this show is for you. Seriously! It’s storytelling with broken reels that create tremors in their delivery – much like life. It’s the perfect display of utter chaos trying to unbalance everything we know and accept as the “truth”. This is what happens when robots dream! It looks like it’s going to be quite a ride and I’m on it with a big smile on my face. So far, so good. Can’t wait to see where we go next! Thanks to Sam Esmail for showing us another path that so few want to tread.

…We’re in.


Philae Is Up!

Did you hear the awesome news???









Yup, Philae is finally up after a really long 7 months (has it really been that long?). ESA must be celebrating right now, and rightly so. When the little lander hit that shady spot and shut down into hibernation, we all held our collective breath in hopes that he’d wake up (he feels like a he to me). All of that data that had been collected had not been returned home yet, so there was a lot riding on this wake up. Go check out Rosetta’s blog to keep up to date with the latest happenings. There will be a lot of new discoveries since this is the first time this type of landing has been accomplished. Yes, science can bring the wonders of the universe alive if you just pay enough attention to the conversation.

Really amazing! Congrats again, ESA!


The Importance of Fitting In Isn’t Really So Important

We’re hearing a lot of news about inequality of all kinds, but the most hurtful in my opinion is when someone questions YOU at first sight. Lack of time has turned us into appearance surfers. We judge on the outer look while rarely delving below the surface, unless we see a benefit to do so. And yet, so many of us don’t seem to think that there is anything wrong with how we live. Seriously?!!!!

Take a look at this and figure out how you’d use this little chart, which shows a small spectrum of people out there in our world:























What do you think your answer would be? It probably depends on your life experiences, as well as what’s most important when you make judgment calls during a first meeting. But the one thing that we can all say is that we’re taught to question anything that is different from the norms we’ve been taught throughout our lives. Did you figure out how you’d mark up the matrix?

We’ll all have different answers because we’re all different. And I think that your answer will say quite a bit about you. If you’re like me, and you never fit in with anything, then you’ll be used to seeing a check mark next to you. You’ve probably filled out “Other” in all of those annoying questionnaires that have turned so many into questions. If you’ve ever had to answer the question, “What are you?”, then you’ve probably gotten creative with your responses. I know that I have!

This isn’t a question about race, gender, or any other category unless you want it to be. It’s not about labels, because they are so unimaginative. I refuse to be reduced to one word or sentence so that someone else can avoid  an iota of inconvenience. Life is all about inconvenience because that is how we grow and learn. You seriously need to look below the surface in order to find the truth of what you’re looking at. Just like you can’t judge a book by its cover, you can’t surf through life without plunging into the deep end.

Why do we continue to work with the lowest common denominator without realizing that the equation for a good life requires all of its components? Life’s complexity shows that every existence counts, though we may not always see its importance until it’s been removed. We’re the sum of not only our own experiences, but also our teachings. It would be impossible to discount any of it, because they form the foundation of who we are. But who we are won’t dictate who we become. That is up to what we’re willing to learn, accept, and build upon. How limited do you want your dreams to be?

So, here’s my answer: All of those who have a mouth and use it. It’s not always going to be a good conversation, but at least it is starting a conversation. If you disagree with someone, then you’ll be able to ask them questions and try to see things from a perspective different from yours.  And hopefully they’ll also be open to see things from your point of view and respect the difference. All of those painful topics like inequality won’t get solved until we start to have honest conversations. Until the ugly is confronted, we’ll never be able to create beauty that we can all appreciate.  Difference is what makes life more interesting…especially when it leads to creative solutions that will replace the norm with something much better for us all. Our fragile little planet requires that we take this much more seriously than we currently do.

Stop censorship