a true hero

I saw this ESPN short last year, and recently heard there is a new documentary about 9/11 hero Welles Remy Crowther coming out soon. His actions on that day continue to be an inspiration. The man in the red bandana embodied the type of hope that lights up the darkness.

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the grind

“The difficult nature of making changes means that you will likely be putting in effort that will take you far beyond the point at which it is inspiring or fun. This junction is what I call The Grind, which starts when actions necessary to produce meaningful change become stressful, tiring, and tedious. The Grind is also the point at which your efforts toward change really count. The Grind is what separates those who are able to change from those who are not. Many people who reach this point in the process of change either ease up or give up because change is just too darned hard. But truly motivated people reach The Grind and keep on going.”

Jim Taylor, Ph.D., on the desire to change 

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call to action

We need effective, everyday nonviolent communication now more than ever.

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listen

I have been a seeker and still am

but I stopped asking the books and the stars.

I started listening to the teaching of my soul.

RUMI

 

Photo: Nicole Cohen 

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hope

“Human beings suffer,
They torture one another,
They get hurt and get hard.
No poem or play or song
Can fully right a wrong
Inflicted and endured.

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker’s father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracle
And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing:
The utter, self-revealing
Double-take of feeling.
If there’s fire on the mountain
Or lightning and storm
And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing
The outcry and the birth-cry
Of new life at its term.”

SEAMUS HEANEY

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illumination

“I’m trying to find these rare moments where you feel completely illuminated. Facts never illuminate you. The phone directory of Manhattan doesn’t illuminate you, although it has factually correct entries, millions of them. But these rare moments of illumination that you find when you read a great poem, you instantly know. You instantly feel this spark of illumination. You are almost stepping outside of yourself and you see something sublime.”

WERNER HERZOG

Photo: BeJamin

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summer salad

Kelaguen is a Chamorro dish from Guam similar to ceviche, except when using chicken as the protein, it is always grilled beforehand. This light and healthy chicken salad is perfect for summer meals or gatherings. Commonly eaten with rice or tortillas, I like this Americanized version of chicken kelaguen (sans fresh coconut) with coconut tortilla chipsSiete tortillas, or as-is. Avocado is also perfect with this.

Thank you to the Yanger family for allowing me to share the recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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