Life and Life’s Lessons by the Bay…

I awoke this morning to a sharp realization in which I compared my time in San Francisco this last year alongside the personal relationships in my life… of family, friends, and acquaintances. I mean, we’re all interconnected to some degree, and at different junctures, the severity and/or intimacy only depending on the particular person or relationship in question. If this weren’t the case, then how would we be related at all?

At any rate– I was struck by the recollection that even though I spent approximately 4 months in San Francisco, known by the locals as “the City”, I was dismayed for not having pursued the City’s identity sooner. Continue reading

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The Spirit of Giving!

By: Jon

December 24, 2016

The spirit of giving is alive and well in most of us; however, only a handful actually carry out the task. The rest of us seem to in some kind of hapless obscurity, possibly thinking that only because we imagined that we might grant some amount of charity to someone at some point, that we are justified in not performing the act, simply through our mental conjuring of it. I know that at some point, I have been guilty of this notion of “at least I thought about doing it”, with that somehow making the totality of my inaction “o.k.” I do know one thing for sure, and that is that one the occasions that we do actually engage in a charitable action we should actually give it a great deal of thought beforehand, so that it is actually charitable to the intended person(s), and not a hindrance. Continue reading

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Those Mystical Folks On Sunday Morning…

By: Jon Sage

December 11, 2016

On a Sunday, which many consider to be the Holy day of the week, we consider the spiritual aspects of our shared human condition. While the religions of the world are numerous and incredibly diverse, spirituality might be more constant than some may think. As an example, in most people’s estimation, there is included in their process of soul searching some inkling of an idea of our spirits having an eternal existence; others would go as far to say that the soul of man– his spiritual essence, is simply immortal, as if we were all gods. However you choose to define your individual religious and/or spiritual experience, one thing is certain, it will be mystical. Continue reading

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It Takes A Village…

By: Jon

December 10, 2016

It is easy to abide with yourself… you’re just there! But, to abide not only with the challenges of your life, along with everyone else and with THEIR challenges… and all of this affecting you? Well, that is where it can get a little tricky navigating the waters and playing well with others.

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A Pragmatic Approach: Creating a Culture of Acceptance

It has long been the dream of dreamers everywhere to have a utopia of sorts, a true heaven on earth. If any in this group were to be asked what this might entail, I am fairly certain that the idea of a culture of acceptance would play well into that picture.

The “Three L’s”

  • Losing the All Important Self
  • Learning to Trust Others
  • Living With the Risk of Failure

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Paying As You Go… A Read That Could Change Your Life!

We feel young until we are forced to feel old.

I suppose that for any number of us the criteria by which we equate with feeling old are much different, and occur at different points in our lives. As for myself, there have been times in the past when I have definitely felt as if I am rounding a corner of sorts, or as it were, turning a page; now is such a time.  Continue reading

Real People & Social Media…

My wife mentioned something the other day in passing that made a whole lot of sense. We were talking/arguing about how in the world are we going to pay all of our bills, and how do all the other perfect people manage to do the things they do. I had said that I heard that so and so had gone to the Casino, and were getting a massage (a couple’s massage nonetheless, and I would be interested to see how that whole thing works out ~ hey, I’m a GUY).

Anyhow, the entire mess can be traced to one thing in particular – Social Media. Continue reading

Those Who Have Gone Before Us

We walk in the steps of those who have gone before us!

Once a year this happens, and once it does, fall is over and winter is here. The time I’m talking about is the day when a combination of wind and rain literally “knocks the leaves off the trees” and there remains a gray and dreary landscape. What may have been mildly colorful foliage the day prior is now replaced by a pall of nothingness… and the cold creeps into your bones in the same manner that it now chills the freshly exposed branches and limbs of now barren trees. Continue reading

…Try to be nice!

From the Archives, November 27, 2014… New Stuff- Never Before Published. 

I’ll be the first to admit, and also the first to be ashamed by the admission, that I was not always a socially conscious guy. Years ago, I was downright offensive, to MOST people. As a result, I spent some time alone, possibly perched on a bar stool… no one really wanted much to do with me if I was loud or boisterous… possibly hateful. But, guess what? At some point, and possibly with a little age, I began to realize that under all the insecurities, beneath all of our problems, setbacks, and the baby blankets which have been carried into adulthood–we’re all ONLY human beings.
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