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Writing for Janus (2014 Third Quarter Review)

In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, and thereby of gates, doors, doorways, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The quarter started off  with a vacation in the Philippines.  After a few days in Manila,…

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Clear Mind for more Headspace

I wrote a piece a while back that explored meditation and my initial encounter with the practice. I got back into meditation a month ago and put some time aside for a daily session. We covet a stronger mind for a lot of reasons. What makes a mind strong though? I’ve always associated qualities like clarity,…

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What makes you feel alive?

Today, I want to ask what makes you feel alive? The first time someone asked me that question, what crossed my mind was “Why do you even want to know?” I’ve always valued a skeptical mind, but sometimes it worked to my disbenefit. It’s what made me err on the safe side too often. After all, there was no way someone else…

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No more Newsfeed! Dobby is free!

No newsfeed, no newsfeed, no newsfeed, no, no new

We all could use a little more time. One of the biggest reasons people have for why they don’t do what they really want (ie Visit family, travel, start the first page of the book they’ve always meant to write) is that they “don’t have time.” I wanted to see how much extra time I could create. First, I figured out what were some…

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Doubtfire and the Philosopher’s Stone

On my flight back home last month, I re-watched What Dreams May Come. The last time I watched that movie was during its release back in 1998. I never really grasped the emotions of the overarching story but I remembered the wonderful scenes depicted. As a kid, those scenes resonated with me… and even though I always knew that…

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