I have this absurd ambition to become Yelp Duke of every awesome independent book store in the Bay Area (I currently reign over Recycle Book Store in SJ). In general I spend quite a bit of time researching at book stores and libraries. I must have been a library cat in my past life :3 I #BStreetBooks is so wonderfully clean and organized and comfy. #books (at B Street Books)
Contest Seven: “Monsters and Marvels”—$500 Grand Prize
Like darkness and light, Yin and Yang, monsters and marvels are two sides of the same coin. Each entry should include both… http://awe.sm/aKfPm
I don’t know. I’m getting ridiculous in #imovie. Also we just got an unlimited supply of cinnamon toast apparently. Referencing #Alexander, #BreakingBad and #LilyOfTheValley lol This is actually a #familytree I made #HappySunday
I was a huge Star Wars fan growing up, when the Special Edition for A New Hope was released in theaters. I was in the fourth grade. I thought lightsabers were the coolest thing in the world; that Han Solo was the greatest character. Like all fourth graders, I experienced a sudden career change from police officer to movie director. I read all about George Lucas and his love for Kurosawa films — the mythology he read about from Joseph Campbell to apply to his trilogy.
Why was Star Wars so important for our cultural identity? It’s because it’s always been there, you could argue… In the trials and tribulations of growing up human, in all the characters, the archetypes of my life.
Campbell once famously said: “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.” Why did I go North? Some girl? Or maybe —
Some idea of a girl? Some idea of hope that took a form of a bad date. Sure, I went North to find an idea. It’s this idea that we need to travel far to find ourselves. We need to find ourselves in others before it truly happens to us. Or rather, We need to see our reflection in the experiences of others before it’s clear we’re all heroes already. Perhaps our whole lives have been a string of good things we haven’t been aware of.
I never talked to her again. I’m okay with that. #PNW #Fin #Vscocam #15of15 #Seattle
The night before I left for Seattle I remember thinking about what escapism means. I think when people go on vacation, they do just that. but I also think it’s possible to get more in touch with who you are by going very far. I don’t think you have to completely say goodbye to yourself. So I went 1000 miles.
The night before I left I asked her if life could slow down — this was what mania was like — trying to escape by driving as far away as fast away as possible. But I already told you, I’ll take no part in pathologizing my behavior then. I was simply and unapologetically me.
— she inhales the apple pie she was eating as if to antagonize the next thoughts that leave her lips: “Yes you can. You know you can slow down.”
So I’ll slow down. I’ll leave the vacuum for a bit and come back when I can process all this change in my life. I’ll enter another vacuum and it’ll be called Seattle.
I’ll come back and I’ll tell you all about it —
It’s very hard to follow your own voice sometimes. Dogma can get in the way. The ancient Toltecs described our relationship with society through the mitote, all the people and all their different views and opinions and voices, an open market of our human culture. Basically, What you choose to believe is up to you.
Somebody tagged #BeGood throughout Bainbridge Island — on mailboxes, buildings, telephone poles.
I loved this. It’s such a simple and yet difficult thing to hold up when I’m not quite sure what “good” is. I really think despite the crappy things we do to each other, human beings are compassionate creatures at heart. Altruism is hard wired to help us survive — you could almost say compassion is in our DNA.
I just think that I’ve run into too much cynicism on my travels, on the road or off it — in gritty situations like work and school and general life. I think that’s why I have to go sometimes.
Because when you talk to people and figure out what they love in the different settings and languages and ideologies of this world, the petty little things we suffer for our day don’t seem like much.