40 at 40: Life Nuggets

Holy Shit, I'm 40

I turned 40 yesterday. Yep, I’m almost hesitant to admit it. Almost. There are days where I’d like to think I’m suspended permanently at either 23 or 33. But that's not the way time, this construct we’ve created to capture the constant state of change in the world around us, actually works."What have you learned over these years?" a friend asked in light of the … [Read more...]

The Berlin Street Artist: A Parable of Passion and Practice

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Andy has been a street performer for over fifteen years. He’s originally from Britain, but he’s called Berlin his home for the last four of those years. We watched his show at a festival in Berlin’s Westend neighborhood this past weekend. In his performance, Andy combined juggling, balance and slapstick – all suffused with his dry British humor.His finale: fire … [Read more...]

Curiosity Begins At Home

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. -- Dagobert D. RunesWhy is it that so many people reserve their curiosity for new and enlightening experiences on the road while they take for granted similar opportunities just because they happen at home? … [Read more...]

Living Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Go beyond what makes you comfortable. Open yourself to ideas, events, relationships that make you uncomfortable. Travel places where you know no one. Learn another language. Create art, even though you're not an artist. Argue with people. Fall down. Get up. Read books, all sorts of books. -- Juan Williams of NPR during his commencement speech at Whitman … [Read more...]

Travel: When Less is More

I woke up the other morning with a knot in the pit in my stomach. It took a while for my brain to catch up with my gut to figure out what was wrong.On the surface, everything was ideal. We had just come from weeks of trekking in Patagonia amidst endless mountains and lake vistas, we were on the quaint island of Chiloe (Chile) and the sun was shining (a rarity for … [Read more...]