Washington, DC

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It was cold and cloudy mostly. I am not much into taking pictures or congregating with tourist anywhere, anytime. But here are a few. I’ve done various parts of the Smithsonian so I opted to just visit where I could find a parking place. Thus, the African Art museum. The theme was woman and the gift shop happened to find me with my favorite purchases. The majority of the items within The National Archives are stored underground in fireproof vaults. The most important American documents are on display: Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights. No pictures allowed. The biggest part of the tour is a very interactive timeline of history covering the basics: immigration, racism, woman’s rights The Library of … Read More

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Context is Key

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I once went on a date with a golf pro, turned private golf lesson giver. He ate a cheeseburger and french fries with a knife and fork. We never went out again despite his enthusiasm. Plus, I’ve never been into ‘pretty boys’. The first time I went to Italy, I saw people eat pizza with a knife and fork; they also put corn on pizza! What.in.the.hell… We are currently living in a time of people wearing gym clothes to travel or grocery shop. We are also living on a planet of over 7 billion people -so it’s sure as hell difficult to classify anyone to anything anymore. No one is one dimensional. And whatever is being projected is never and … Read More

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My Writing History, and Our History Repeating

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If you haven’t surmised by this point, I don’t really do long form writing. Sometimes. When it is necessary. For some reason, I’ve never enjoyed reading short stories either; ironic considering how I will cozy up to an anthology of a book in a second, or a great journalism piece. I noticed this when I was a subscriber to The New Yorker for 10+ years. I would always skip over the short stories. Only if I were in a dire emergency for something to read, would I flip back through. (when cell phones were really just for calling and not for reading blogs subscribed to. still, never leave home without reading material!) Intellectually, I am aware of my predilection for … Read More

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Self Awareness

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Revised: Title Changed & an article added at the end. There is the colloquialism, perception: Everyone you meet is fighting their own battle. No truer truth exist. Clichés exist because they are true. How deep or superficial your battle is, (this is subjective) the end of the year holds its own cloud (negatively) or billows up a parachute you collect the year under (positively) for consideration. Ends are conclusions. Periods seem final. Another year wrapping up is another year getting older, literally. Regardless, it is a linear concept. What is a resolution? Why does it have a collective behavior or belief around it? Bullshit My new behavior is questioning everything. General human behavior and Personal behavior. Why am I thinking … Read More

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Washington, D.C.

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One thing I did on the trip was a lot of thinking. How Do We Know What We Want: Milan Kundera on the Central Ambivalences of Life and Love “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.” (the above highlight is a little excerpt out of the book worth reading) While on this trip, I became hyper-aware of my entire life: some days I wonder what I’m really doing with myself. I’m in the interim between work and not, trying to land more work and write new music, be at the … Read More

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