Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Plane-hopping



Pack your bag and put on your red traveller's hat. Get your ticket, your passport and your adventurous ass on the road. Stand in line for the security check, take off your shoes and listen to the engines of the planes outside roar impatiently. See those big steel birds with a black box, an autopilot, and lots of free drinks on board? They can take you anywhere.

Let's get away. Let's see the world for what it really is. We are no longer tourists, we are explorers. Our eyes are wide open to see, to experience, to understand. We have the freedom now. We are no longer confined in the solitude of our own limitations and ignorance. Let's go to France and Italy and Spain. Let's eat fried bugs in Bangkok and raw fish in Tokyo. Let's salsa in Havana and tango in Buenos Aires. The beaches, and the mountains, and the planes, and the oceans. This is our world now.

We are the plane-hoppers.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Random thought of the week

I crave you more than I have ever craved ... chocolate.

10 things that make me happy on a winter Saturday

1. Watching the snow falling.
2. Getting outside on my porch and trying to catch the snowflakes.
3. Drinking warm red wine with pieces of apple
4. Playing around with my camera
5. Re-reading some poems that I already know by heart
6. Watching a 1975 SNL episode with George Carlin
7. Calling my sister to tell her I love her
8. Skating for an hour
9. Getting a drink with old friends
10. Going to bed knowing what a perfect day that was.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Food for thought or thought for food?

If we accept Maslow's hierarchy of needs, then our physiological needs will always stand first, disabling our attempts to put mind over matter. You can't eat poetry, for example. And if our behavior is indeed biologically programmed - a result of years of evolution - then how do we break out of that pattern?

Often times people get so wrapped up in their daily tasks that they simply forget about the thousand other things that life has to offer them. They operate on autopilot for years: doing things just because everyone else is doing them. They move along a mapped path, as it is much easier to swim with the tide, than go against it.

I've never been much of a spiritual person. I've always prided myself on having my feet firmly on the ground. That has often resulted in me questioning everything before I decide to experience it. Some would call it a realistic approach to life, others might call it skeptical. Still, I believe that the mind is a powerful tool, as long as you know how to tune it. There is a bit of a chance to your life but it's mostly a sequence of events that result from the decisions you make. So, if you decide to drive in a completely different direction, chances are - you'll break the pattern.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Random thought of the week

I just realized that skating is not much more difficult than wearing heels.

Words

Yours are the most beautiful words
That I have ever heard
Scattered sound waves in the open air
I close my eyes and breathe them in

They are sweet and bitter, happy and sad
Rolling off the tip of the pen
Falling off the page before me
Little, shiny pieces of your soul
 
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