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Lessons to Relive: My Favorite Characters

October 9th, 2012

Everyone has their own tragic story. Bad things, sad things, and depressing things happen to everyone – it’s inescapable. How one handles such travesty and negativity though, is a true testament to their character and faith…
By the age of 18 Stephanie had lost both of her beloved parents. Each was taken from her by an unexpected, yet simple, mistake of life; and though she technically became orphaned, Stephanie lived on with a resolve, love and understanding of life that has become truly enlightening…
It all started with a car accident.
As a young woman Stephanie’s mother was hit by a drunk [...] Continue Reading…

Stand Still and Watch the Leaves Turn

October 1st, 2012

“Around and around the house the leaves fall thick, but never fast, for they come circling down with a dead lightness that is somber and slow.” ~Charles Dickens
The first day of autumn recently passed, and with it went the fast-passed and brilliant lights of summer. A soft blanket has fallen into place that engulfs our world with a sense of calm and tranquility. Faded are the raucous bbqs and hot nights on the town. Now a subtle chill penetrates the air, and settling in with a pumpkin spiced latte and a good read is more appealing…
And once again the [...] Continue Reading…

Quotes of a Lifetime

September 26th, 2012

It’s funny how the clichés in life that we once scoffed at, truly create a strong foundation for do-gooders and go-getters. All those random sayings that teachers, parents, and family elders would throw in our faces, actually were worth listening too and following. Because now, in our older age; we strive to reach such simple ideals and uphold such simple values. If only we understood the importance of those mundane clichés at an earlier age… imagine where we would be and where the world would be now. But alas, teenagers are meant to be teenagers and adults, adults, and [...] Continue Reading…

In The Eyes Of The Beholder

September 12th, 2012

It’s funny– the little disagreements we get in to over petty and unimportant topics… How one person can feel so vehemently about something, even though it’s only a matter of opinion. Not everything in life is fact, or black and white. More often than not we find our world in a grey zone; a place where differing ideals run rampant and the truth is as graspable as the fleeting wind. We’re all different, with different styles, personalities, mannerisms, thought processes, opinions, truths…etc. Almost everything is flexible, bending to the desires of each individual. After all, beauty is in the [...] Continue Reading…

The Shocking Truth

September 6th, 2012

Trauma is an all-encompassing vice that holds both the mind and body in an iron-like grip of confusion, pain, and anxiety. The visceral shock of a traumatic event penetrates every nerve, sending our entire being into a tornado of ungraspable thoughts and feelings. There’s simply too much going on for any hope of instant stabilization, and every moment carries the weight of unprocessed emotions; a whirlwind that can once again send us spiraling into the depths of what we don’t know, don’t want to know, or just can’t understand. It’s the question of why bad things happen that looms [...] Continue Reading…

The Teeter Totter

August 27th, 2012

Today is an oddity. It’s still technically summer here in southern California and the past week has seen temperatures in the 90’s, but today is dreary and ashen. The sun was out for less than an hour before being banished behind a thick layer of muted grey clouds, and my open door ushers in a chill wind rather than a warm breeze. And I’m sitting in silence. The chirps and carols of neighborhood birds have been shut out by an invisible blanket of silence, and the splash of color usually seen among my garden from curious butterflies has all [...] Continue Reading…

Lessons to Relive Part 3– Lessons of Sundays

August 20th, 2012

One of the greatest features of life and time is that both always move forward, forcing us to continue even when times are rough. It’s a phenomenon that allows us to conquer our greatest lows, and leave nasty experiences in the past to rot and eventually disappear. So overall, the continuum of life and time is a good thing that ushers in newer and more delightful moments, and teaches us the lessons needed to mature and evolve. But despite all these grandiose results, a dark shadow lurks on the horizon; one that can consume times of gold and turn [...] Continue Reading…

The Big Picture In Small Print

August 10th, 2012

Trying to encompass the logistics of the world in a single conversation is like trying to eat a whole bag of marshmallows and still spit out “chubby bunny!” It’s overwhelming, rather ridiculous, tends to get messy, and in the end you wined-up a slobbering fool. The world is simply too complex, too big and too chaotic to fit in a singular idea, and those who do, find themselves sputtering and stammering to defend their incomplete thoughts.
Life isEVERTHING we see, hear, touch, and feel. And not just in the physical sense, it includes the metaphysical as well. Think about it… [...] Continue Reading…

Just Do It and Smile

August 3rd, 2012

Obligation is a tacky word. To me it’s full of condescension and negativity and can make any good mood go sour. It’s a buzz kill that brings about annoyance, sadness, anger, resentment and even doubt. Honestly, why would anyone want to do something they really don’t like?
Being bound by a custom, a promise or a law is all fine and dandy, but the resulting negative weight on our emotions is just plain sucky. And as I sit fuming about the obligation I must keep, I can’t help but ponder the truth behind the word and the action. Why all [...] Continue Reading…

Precious Moments

July 27th, 2012

It sucks to admit it, but depression is a constant in life that we all deal with from time to time. Even the happiest of people can fall into a foul mood that upsets their day, week or even month, and crawling out from such a dark, suffocating place is truly a trial and tribulation. Why? Because it takes so much energy to lift your spirits and sort through the jumble of negative emotions that tag along on the depression band-wagon. You’re already tired and your spirits are low, almost as if a giant chain is weighing you down, [...] Continue Reading…