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Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

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- John F. Kennedy.

Life appears to be an ever changing and unpredictable thing.  Finding a truly singular purpose that you can be proud of and strive for is truly a wonderful thing. 


Also as an aside, I love light houses.  This one was painted by Thomas Kinkade.  Check out his work!

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.

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-Chinese Proverb. This is something I wrote a few months ago.It’s short and simple, but I think it sums up things rather well, at least for now… All of my regrets, all my failures, all my successes and wins, everything I've ever said, felt, every relationship and friendship, my feelings, thoughts, actions, desires and dreams, my experiences and perceptions make my life what it is today.Although at times I might begrudge too harshly the negatives and underappreciate the positive, all of these things create the essence of who I am.If I tug at the loose strings of the tapestry of my life, it would unravel into the chaotic turmoil of the unknown. Who I am would be lost.In its place would be a void.Trite and fanciful fantasies of altering my life by rearranging my past only stands to cast shadow on my future...

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.

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- Winston Churchill.


Stories of survival against impossible odds, like this one, are amazing.  I often wonder, if I were in such a situation, how would I handle it and how would I react.  Sometimes there's just no way of knowing if we'll be courageous or cowardly, until the time arrives.  For now, I'll imagine myself on the courageous side, and hope to live true to my dreams, until the end.



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Abandoned places drive the Imagination

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I've always had a slightly morbid fascination with old and abandoned things.   Stories like this one are almost irresistible.   There's something about seeing ships, houses, cars, and the like just sitting there, waiting for their oweners to come back, even though we know they never will.  The possibilities about what happened, why the items were abandoned, and the story behind the story is too much for me to pass up. 

People ask me all the time where my ideas come from for my short stories.  Well letting my imagination wander when it comes to lost and abandoned things is a perfect answer.  The possibilities of where a story can go are endless.  There's something about everyday recognizable items seen in such disarray or disrepair that is simultaneously intriguing and distrubing.  That's where the imagination comes into play.  It's not so much that I enjoy seeing abandoned hospitals or haunting ghost ships, but the realization that at any time, the life we know can…

Cools songs just for the hell of it.

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I thought I'd go a different route today and just post up a few videos that I liked, just for the hell of it.  This first one is a little out there, but for those of you who have ever heard of Daft Punk, I'm sure it's a favorite.


Pretty crazy, that little robot dude is cool and scary at the same time.

This next one is a classic from the 1980s.  If you remember hearing it on the radio you'll remember just how awesome it was to hear this song first the first time.


I love both of these songs even though they are totally different in comparison. 



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Sex Sells

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The Fascination of Inspiring Paintings

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Paintings are an extreme visual representation of emotion.  The first time I saw this painting, I was mesmerized.




L'Ange du Foyerby Max Ernst

This painting is so striking and animated, yet the agony I seen in that creature is so articulated I'm somewhat stunned.  It never fails to capture my attention every time I see it.

The next painting that has always had my attention is this one.



Persistence of Memory

This paiting is by Salvador Dali  I'm constantly perplexed by the meaning of this painting.  Time is always such a strange subject, putting its essence into a painting seems to complicate the idea. 

I hope you like my selections.  Think about concepts and ideas that interest you and see if you can find paintings that represent those ideals.  You might be very surprised at what you find!


Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.

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Buddha


What does it mean to have personal independence?There’s a lot to be said to have a self-sufficient personality that allows you to make decisions, complete tasks, explore new opportunities, and just be able to think for yourself.Being independent is easy for some, it comes naturally.For others it’s a life long struggle to learn how to cope and manage, let alone thrive by themselves.
I watch my daughter grow up and see the evolution of her character and personality.At the same time I see her struggle for independence while still clinging to me for help and support.I think it’s vital to foster her personal growth into a person that is capable and self-reliant.Right now, in those formative years where she will become the woman she’s destine to be, I want to help her experience as much as she can to develop properly.But what about those who didn’t have the right encouragement and direction, are they lost?No.I’ve known some people who unfortunately didn’t have very loving or nurturing …

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Throughout my life, as I'm sure in yours, life has is small and large disappointments.  They can be bitter, stinging defeats, or they can be tools to help you recognize just how precious the good things are in life.  Keep hoping!




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I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.

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Alfred Lord Tennyson



There’s an old saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”Now I know that sometimes busy people can look frazzled, disorganized, and totally unprepared to take on yet another task.However, what you might not realize is, their action keeps them moving.Their success at accomplishing tasks feeds on itself and perpetuates.They thrive on action.Okay, so it may be that the busy person you know might not be the most organized, or efficient worker you know, but what good is an organized, efficient loaf?Really.The action those busy workers take may seem stressful to the outside observer (and to the worker themselves), but don’t underestimate the power of motion.It kind of reminds me of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
I’ve learned enough about myself to know that when I have a lot of things to do and not much time to do it, I get things done.Usually I get those tasks done better than if I had all the time in the world. But what motivates a person to action?What d…

Songs of Emotion

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Last time I did Songs of Inspiration.  This week I want to do a couple of songs that illicite emotion.  I think periods of strong and intense emotion can be inspiring if you direct that energy toward something positive.

The first song is Into the west, by Anne Lennox.  This song was featured in The Lord of The Rings, The Return of the King. (All rights reserved to the orginal artists)




Also, as you may know, Whitney Houston recently passed away.  The song, I will Always Love You, was originally recorded by Dolly Parton, but for my money, Whitney's version is the best.




Hope you find inspiration in these selections!


Also, here's a picture of a Lilly Pond at Balboa Park, San Diego.  I took this about four years ago, but it's still one of my favorites.



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Scenes from Balboa Park, San Diego

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One of the wonderful things about living in San Diego is being able to spend time atBalboa Park.  There are so many things to see and do, you could spend days being entertained and still not see the whole thing.  I've lived in San Diego for over seven years and I still haven't seen all of the amazing things the park has to offer.  As part of my mission in life to explore new areas and gain new experiences, I think I'll redouble my efforts to see every site in Balboa Park.

I have been trying to learn photography.  In that effort I've taken lots of pictures.  The last time I was at the park, I took several.  So here are a few that I think turned out pretty nice.  Enjoy!



 This is the fountain right near the Natural History museum.  It's a favorite spot to visit for most.

 The yellow of this flower just popped out at me and thought it should be captured.


I was surprised I got the entire tree in frame.  It so tall you might not even realize it.  If you look at the brid…

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

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How would we handle it if the future came all at once?  Maybe it would be pretty cool, or not.  Traveling through time would be fun, just as long as you could get back to where you started from.



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Continue to be yourself because in the end that’s what people will remember about you.

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-Author Unknown

What do you do when your voice is not being heard?In an age where so many people can express themselves over the internet it’s easy to feel like your opinion and beliefs can be drowned out by the voices of a billion others.And that’s a fair assessment.With so many people finding the urge and avenue for self expression it’s hard to filter out all the noise.With so many people, just finding any one single person that believes as you do may seem impossible.So what should we do?Do we give up, keep quiet and not bother?Do we go along with the flow and just accept the loudest voice as the strongest belief?Should we just accept it?
No.
You should shout like no one is listening.Your opinions are yours, derived from years of experience, knowledge, dreams, and desires.At the very least, they should mean something to you.Expressing those opinions are an affirmation of those beliefs.There have been plenty of times where I’ve felt completely ignored, rejected, and unwanted.If you thi…

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.

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George Eliot


Just like most guys my age, when I first saw Raiders of the lost ark, I wanted to be Indiana Jones.  Adventures of the mind can lead to adventures of the body.  Go for it!







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Explore the true art and mystery of self discovery.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” -Albert Einstein

What does mystery mean to you? The greatest challenge of life is the unknown. For some people that is a scary, if not horrifying thing. Society in general seems to fear the unknown, taking years, if not decades or centuries to truly change their outlook and demeanor about certain issues. Religion, God, the meaning of life, abortion, sexuality, tolerance, all of these things are still hotly debated and argued about. But why? It’s the mystery of the future that’s the problem.

People fear what they don’t know, can’t predict, or don’t understand. It’s logical in a way to avoid that which could potentially hurt or destroy your accepted way of life. But the mystery of the unknown drives people to excel. It’s the intrepid explorer, the bold adventurer, the brazen challenger that drives society forward. Through them great accomplishments have been made such …

Songs of Inspiration

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Music is one of the most motivating and inspirational ways for me to feel the creativity of life flow.  This first selection is just amazing.  Set to Rob Dugan's Clubbed to Death, the  Kurayamino Mix, ptxgarfield put together an amazing animation of the formation of the Solar System.  I can watch this one over and over...




This next selection is The Zephyr Song, by one of my favorite bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers.  I've always loved this song, plus the video is pretty damn cool. 



Enjoy the selections.  I know I will. (just to note, all rights reserved to the original artists.  Thanks to Google and Youtube for letting me share!)

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We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.

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- Harrison Ford

Douglas Clark
-Head writer, The Inspiration Engine

I think this just goes to show you that even when you think you've totally lost, there's still a chance to start over.  You should make it your mission in life to improve yourself as much as possible.  At worst, you'll only get better...







Hang on a Second!

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Dost thou love life, then do not squander time,
for that's the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin


Have you ever just felt like no matter how busy or pressed for time you are, you need to just take a second out and stop?  The world careens around us, seemingly out of our control or influence, which it is, but your life lies in your control.  You should take that control and use it to your fullest.  Don’t worry, the world will always command your time, demand your attention, and be a force you cannot deny or ignore. So if that’s true, why give it your undivided attention, 24/7?  The simple answer is you don’t have to.  Taking a few moments out and diverting your attention to something that Really, Truly matters is not a crime and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it.
Today is a great example of this.  I was dropping my little one off at school.  She has been having a bit of trouble the last two weeks getting it in gear in the morning despite my prodding.  We were a bit late but I ju…

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.

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Pablo Picaso


Nothing gets the inspirational energy flowing like motion of the mind!



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Friendship needs no words - it is solitude delivered from the anguish of loneliness.

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Dag Hammarskjold

There’s something about a true friend that is more valuable than all the money in the world.A true friend will not only be there when you need them, but also tell you the things you need to hear when you’d rather not hear it at all.True friends know that friendship isn’t all about happiness and smiles, it’s about integrity and respect.If you’ve ever know someone that never bothered to tell you the truth, or shied away from the hard issues, or maybe they were only around when things were going well for you, they might just be ‘fair weather’ friends.We’ve all known the type.They’re the ones that ask for favors, only tell you things you want to hear and don’t seem to contribute much to your wellbeing.
True friends are there through the worst parts of life.My best friend helped me out when I was really in a bad spot.At the time, I was literally homeless, and although he was 3000 miles away, I at least had someone to talk to on the phone.It might not seem like much, but when…

A man must be master of his hours and days, not their servant.

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William Frederick Book

Often times it seems like we're slaving away to pay our bills, work for the boss, do other people's will when what we really should be doing is living our lives for Our purpose.





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Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

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- Oscar Wilde


Have you ever known someone that is always a fun time to be around?  I have and it's great to have them in your life.  But we've all probably known someone whose company to absolutely dread.  That's unfortnate, but hey, there's no  law that says you Have to be around those people, right?!

It's Friday, let's have a great weekend!


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Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit

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- Vince Lombardi

I’ve talked about Potential before, but right now I feel there’s merit in discussing it once again.You see, personally, I feel I’m at a crossroads.There are times in every person’s life where things must or need to change.This change could be caused by external forces or internal desires.For me I think it’s a little of both.Change can be good, especially if you’re ready for it.That’s where Potential comes in to play.
What are you capable of doing?What can you accomplish or achieve?Well if you even for one moment believe you can get close to your goals, let alone reaching them, well that’s Potential.It’s not only what you think you can do, but what you think you can push yourself to do.And the task or goal can be almost anything, whether it’s changing your mindset and perspective, or learning to play an instrument or earning a higher degree.And that leads me back to my situation.I recently finished my Master’s thesis and earned my Master’s Degree.It was a long time comin…