Painting One’s Dreams

“I dream my paintings. Then I paint my dreams.”  ~Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh was blessed in that he could creatively articulate his dreams and artistic visions. Sometimes, I feel like I severely lack in my ability to express the…

Life Enriched By Friends

“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends whom we choose.” ~Tehyi Hsieh  A few days ago, I met up with a friend that I hadn’t seen or spoken to in several years….

Railroad Travel in the United States

When you drive between Portland and Seattle, you’ll most likely take Interstate 5. This interstate parallels the railroad tracks that connect various cities along the West Coast. Traveling by rail isn’t something that many people do very often here in…

The Travel Bug Is Biting Again

You’d think that after lots and lots of recent travel, my travel bug would be satiated and content. Why is it then, after recently returning from my adventure in Spain, that I’m already looking forward to my next trip? Usually,…

Simple Pleasure #10: The Cinema

On a lazy afternoon, with the morning workout completed and cup of coffee already drunk, one of my guilty pleasures is treating myself to an afternoon matinee. Going to the movies is a chance to escape reality for a few…

The Quest for Inspiration

At the end of the day, after all is said and done, I think that people just want to be inspired. We want to feel driven to do better, to be better. For me, part of my desire to go…

Simple Pleasure #9: Yoga

“Fortune sides with him who dares.” ~Virgil It seems as if everyone experiences yoga differently. Some of my friends really enjoy doing it, while others would rather leave it alone. For me, I enjoy yoga for a few reasons: it…

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