A Field Guide to Getting Lost

I just finished devouring A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit and feel as though I am now seeing life more vividly. Effortlessly brilliant and a testament to Solnit’s intellect, this work of literature ostensibly wanders a landscape of ideas and anecdotes,...

Turning the Page

The only thing I dislike about reading is when a book ends. It’s only then that I realize just how emotionally invested I am with the story, the characters, the words, and I find myself going through the five stages of grief every time. Sometimes I even procrastinate...

World Elephant Day

As humans, we have so much to learn from elephants. Scientists are constantly in awe of the mindful altruism the world’s largest land mammal extends not only to fellow elephants, but also to many other species in distress, including people, proving that animals are...

No Bad Days

It’s 8:15am when we descend upon the leisurely 1 mile trail from the Cristianitos Road exit off the 5 in San Clemente down to Trestles, the last of Southern California beaches to maintain it’s sense of escape. The marine layer has yet to burn off, confusing tourists...

The Earth is the Ocean

The ocean’s surface is a facade. The Pacific’s peaceful ripples seem to flow off the end of the Earth like an infinity pool, changing colors with the horizon or glistening like the Koh-i-Noor diamond under the summer sun. In a way, beaches are a borderland between...

What Does a Smile Really Mean?

The past few days I have been on the hunt for a new dentist (oh, the joys of moving to a new state), and it has suddenly become apparent to me the lengths people go through to obtain that perfect, sparkling white smile. Teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign-...

The Secret to Happiness: Compassion

In an earlier post I talked about biophilia, the idea that people are inherently happier when they are near other living things such as plants or animals, which led me to ponder what else makes people truly happy. In our society, people often adopt the mantra that...

Jai Yen

Jai yen is a well-known expression in Thailand which literally translates to “cool heart” (jai meaning heart or feelings, and yen meaning peaceful). The term means to approach any situation pleasantly and in a non-confrontational manner, keeping moderate emotions as...

Eleutheromania

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage. All good things are wild and free. It is beautiful to love and to be free at the same time....

A Eulogy

I knew this day was coming, and I knew it would fill me with grief. There was so little left in you that I knew it was only a matter of time before it all ended and I would be forced to say goodbye. I used to live for the evenings we would spend together. I loved...

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