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War and Sacred Blood

This blog is all about “seeing the good in the world” and not focusing on the terrible. We have the nightly news to handle that for us. So, to have a post with the words “War” and “Blood” in the title seems a bit of a contradiction. Hopefully, you’ll hear me out on this one. […]

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Handwritten

Last week I wrote a bit about books and my love for them. It’s true, there’s nothing that quite compares with the feel of a beautifully bound leather novel resting contently in one’s hands. If you’re lucky, the volume is old and the smell of the paper speaks of a bygone era and well earned […]

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The Library Book Game

Even though my library of eBooks has continued to grow, I find there’s nothing quite like the feel of an actual book in-hand. Books have always fascinated me. They contain not only knowledge, but also represent something very human. Even my books on the most esoteric and weird subjects are works of passion. I need […]

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The Songs Belong to Everyone

Music is one of the most precious gifts we all share collectively. It moves us in ways that nothing else can. It opens the eyes, broadens the mind and reaches a part of the soul beyond the senses. Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it […]

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Living Beyond Our Limits

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the way Amy Purdy opened her 2011 TEDxOrangeCoast talk. And, it’s fitting for one with such an amazing story. At age 19, she was taken to the emergency room suffering from flu-like symptoms. She was […]

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Winning the War on Polio

January 13, 2014, India was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization. Five years ago, India accounted for nearly half the new polio cases in the world, but has now gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus. It is an amazing feat that speaks to the dedication of doctors, volunteers and many […]

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Kindness and Consequence

I just wanted to share a quick Christmas Eve reminder of the importance of kindness in our world. Orly Wahba is the founder of Life Vest Inside, a non-profit with the mission to “To EMPOWER and UNITE the world with KINDNESS”.

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Embrace Creative Craft

Last month I posted a rather rambling piece on creativity in which I mentioned Chase Jarvis‘ keynote at this year’s World Domination Summit. He didn’t talk about photography. Instead, he expressed his thankfulness of being able to escape the trap unwittingly laid for us in our education system and society at large. This isn’t a […]

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Jia Jiang’s WDS 2013 talk has been posted

Following in the tradition of TED talks, the first of this year’s WDS talks has now been posted for public viewing. We start with Jia Jiang’s love affair with rejection. This was my favorite talk from this amazing conference, and I’m happy to be able to share it with everyone. Jia Jiang from Chris Guillebeau […]

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Virtual Choir 4 Released!

Back in January, I blogged about Eric Whitacre‘s Virtual Choir 4 Kickstarter. Now, after much anticipation, it has finally been released. And, through the generosity of 1,938 backers donating $122,555 (USD), we have it to enjoy. Here it is. Visually and musically different from the first three, it contains roughly five minutes of singing, followed […]