“They exists only to serve the state. They were conceived in controlled Palaces of Mating. They died in the Home of the Useless. From cradle to grave, the crowd was one–the great WE. In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He, Equality 7-2521, came close to losing his life because his knowledge was regarded as a treacherous blasphemy . . . he had rediscovered the lost and holy work–I.
I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to the possibilities.” — Ayn Rand
It is obvious why Ayn Rand exalts man’s ego. In doing so, she is (implicitly) upholding the central principles of her philosophy and her heroes: reason, values, volition, individualism. He villains, by contrast, do not think, judge, and will: they are second-harders, who allow themselves to be run by others. Having renounced their minds, they are, in a literal sense, selfless.”
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With love and gratitude and more love.
I heard about this frog
It’s very tiny frog
But its also very special
You can only find it in the jungle
So far away from you/me
But if you find it
And if you touch it
Your world can change forever
If you touch its skin
You can feel your body changing
And your vision also!
Blue becomes red, and red becomes blue
And your mummy, suddenly becomes your daddy
And everything looks like a giant cupcake
And you keep laughing, and laughing, and laughing
Nothing is ever quite the same really
And after you finish laughing
It’s time to turn into a frog yourself
Its very funny to be a frog
You can dive into the water
And cross the rivers, and the oceans
And you can jump all the time, and everywhere
Do you wanna play with me?
We can be a whole group of friends
A whole group of frogs
Jumping into the streets
Jumping into the planets
Swimming in the lakes, and in the bathtubs
We would be hundreds, thousands, millions
The biggest group of friends the world has ever seen
Jumping and laughing… forever
It would be great, right?
Recently, I’ve found my beliefs and faith in people challenged both professionally and personally. It was short-lived thanks to reminders from kindred spirits and enlightened souls. Those people that get it…at least in terms I understand. One such women shared the follow Tao Te Ching with me and so I feel compelled to pass it on to whomever else it may speak to in this moment. With love and gratitude.
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
Enter the year of the dragon.
Happy Lunar New Year!
Photos from The National Post
Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountain Range, sits at 3111 feet above sea level. Somehow I’ve never done this trail before, but it is officially one of my favorites. Great hike with portions covered and open, not too crowded, and the views from the peak are stunning.
To get to the trailhead, drive north on Pacific Coast Highway to Neptune’s Net. There, take a right up Yerba Buena. Drive a few miles up this windy canyon way. You will pass Circle X Ranch on your right. Keep going! There will be a parking lot on your left another mile or two up with a sign that explicitly states “Sandstone Peak Trailhead”. Park and start walking (or running if you the ambitious type).
I strongly suggest doing the six-mile loop. It’s listed as a “strenuous” hike, but I beg to differ. Hike in and take the Mishe Mokwa Trail. This will loop around and connect to the Backbone Trail which will take you straight to the peak. See map:
View from the trail.
3111' - Sandstone Peak
View from the top. Islands off of Oxnard.
Asian tourist hikers! Reminiscent.
Asian tour-.... No, my lovely hiking friends enjoying this gem of a stroll.
To follow up any uplifting, yet tiring Malibu hike…EAT! I suggest: Malibu Kitchen (amaing sandwiches), Bui Sushi, Tra di Noi.
This time around we opted for Taverna Tony‘s delicious Greek cuisine. The Vegetarian Paradise is a great go-to dish (pictured here with a lentil soup):
Happy Hiking (and eating!).
For those who haven’t seen it, a videos entitled “Shit Girls Say” has gone viral. It has spawned dozens of other Shit _____ Say videos in response, eg: Shit Single Girls Say, Shit White Girls Say to Brown Girls, Shit Girls Don’t Say, etc. This one particularly resonates…and makes me smile.
Fun exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography exploring the intersection of art and technology.
Running December 17 – May 28.
Artists include Josef Astor, Pierre Beteille, Joel Grimes, Ted Grudowski, Claudia Kunin, Chris Levine, Bonny Pierce Lhotka, Khuong Nguyen, Mike Pucher, Jean-François Rauzier, Martine Roch, Christopher Schneberger, Brooke Shaden, Stanley Smith, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsmann and Jean-Marie Vives.
A tribute to the humans that have graced me with their presence throughout my life’s journey. Some are near and dear to my heart and others are memories in photos.
Paths serendipitously cross at the moments they are meant to. Makes you smile…