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“It Just Has To Stick…”

Our good friend, Sheldon Schwitek, posted this TED talk to Linda and I on Facebook a couple of weeks ago…specifically because he thought it resonates with our blog.  Little did he know I would repost it…muahahahahahahaha!!!!!  In all seriousness, it is being reposted because it is brilliant (Thanks Sheldon…so are you!).

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Ring in the New Year with some LOVE!!

As we enter 2014, Linda and I want to personally thank all of you for your readership, comments, support and love. It means the world to us that people connect with what we share. In this week’s post, we link another warm video from the Soul Pancake team. Sometimes all that is needed is an ‘invitation’ and the love will flow from there…let’s set our intention in 2014 to love one another each and every day!

Happy New Year!!


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A Beautiful Moment



What do you see here? A family portrait? Love? Two beautiful, strong women and their amazing children? That’s what I see too. This portrait adorns the living room of Beth and Carolyn. It represents a family wrapped in love, a family with ups and downs, a family with rich traditions and a family that until this past Friday October 18, 2013…didn’t have complete, legal recognition. That last, ridiculous little tidbit of information, became exiled into history when Beth, Carolyn, their two children Trystin and Taylor, and about 10 of their closest family and friends walked into the Vista County Assessor’s office and got married!! Continue reading


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The Science of Happiness…

Back in July, I found myself sitting at “a table for one at the Gratitude Cafe“.  Remember that?  I’ve been particularly interested in the idea of intentionally sending my gratitude out to people in my life whom I love dearly and/or have the opportunity to meet and form relationships with.  I know this is important to me and I know that it has profoundly affected my life in positive ways. Continue reading


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In Order to Change the Community, We Must Change the Soil

This week we’ve linked in a TED Talk given by Ron Finley.  Ron Finley is an activist in South Central Los Angeles.  He started an organization comprised of volunteers that plant gardens in vacant lots across South Central Los Angeles.  His passion rests in educating kids and community members about food and a healthy way of eating.  His philosophy is beautiful, simple, real and impactful.  Take the time to watch this ten minute talk.  Have a great week everyone!


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Hope and Resilience

Hope springs...

Hope springs…

Seven days removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the incidents.  Acts of violence are unnecessary.  They leave us empty and searching for answers.  As we committed to upon partnering to bring you this blog, Linda and I vowed to be relentlessly positive.

I saw a quote from Mr. Rogers yesterday and it read: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.’” Continue reading

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Beautiful Justice

This week we link in a TED talk given by Beth Mount, titled “Beautiful Justice”.  In it, Beth invites us to see all people through a different lens, listen to people with our whole selves and to think and act creatively.  We all have gifts…we just need to figure out a way to connect with them in each of our places.  Take the 20 minutes to watch this simply brilliant approach to engage in the humanity we are all a part of…


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Don’t Forget Those Closest…

My family…

I get swept away easily in my work, day to day life and my passion for understanding this longing for connection and connecting between people in the community.  What I must be mindful of always, is that the most important connections we have are with those closest to us…our families.  In my case, it is a ‘typical’ family, a beautiful wife Jody, amazing daughter Rhiannon, hilarious son Kade and my unborn baby Eliot (due in February).  For others, family may not look like this ‘typical’ set up, as their exists countless, beautifully diverse variations on what makes a family.  Everyone knows who there family is, however, and it is paramount that we are connected with them, appreciate them and love them for all they are and do for us. Continue reading


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7 Thoughts on Gardening and Life

Exactly three years ago, my partner and I moved to a new community in a
village outside Edinburgh so that we could afford a place with a garden. We
have been growing and nurturing the garden and our community
connections for 36 months now and some common themes have emerged
for me.

Image of roses and a raised herb garden

Chaotic abundance in the herb garden

Thoughts on gardening as a metaphor for community-building:
1. We started with what was there and planted around it. When we moved Continue reading


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