Family Ties

Every family has the loud one, the drunk one, the religious pusher, the political pusher, the worldly traveler, the environmentally conscious, the business man…

Okay, well, I don’t know that my family breaks out exactly like that (we have a number of religious and political pushers). But what I’m trying to say is there are a lot of ‘people’ that seem to exist in everyone’s family, and they’re the ones we talk about when we connect with others outside our genetic clan.

We don’t talk about the ones who are the sane, level-headed, generous, neutralizers in those grand family get-togethers. My family lost that on Thursday last week. It’s a big loss of a great man.

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Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Listen here, interwebs. I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it was on TV. I think my mom did, which probably explains why I didn’t. (The only things I can remember watching with her were Diagnosis Murder and Touched by an Angel. I’m not as embarrassed by that as I should be.)

But now it’s on Netflix. I’ve ranked it right next to Californication and West Wing as the-most-binge-worthy shows ever. The writing is addicting. The wit and intelligence and quirk are out of this world.

musicgloomsI’m deep in a Charlie Parker gloomy.” -Lane

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Should Anyone Be Curious

I haven’t been blogging, but I am spending all my busy time plotting how I can quit my three jobs. You know, so I can get back to blogging.

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The Pope & a Novelist Walk into a Bar

And it’s the world’s friendliest thumbs-up battle.

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Now I know why I like Frank so much. #JBFletcherForLife

 

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Mad Props to Pope Frank

Today I read this article about an interview where Pope Francis shared his 10 tips for happiness.

Trust this list, because this is the face of a man who knows happy:

Below are The Pope’s ten tips translated from Spanish by the Catholic News Service (and copied from the article above).

1. “Live and let live.”
2. “Be giving of yourself to others.”
3. “Proceed calmly” in life.
4. Have “a healthy sense of leisure.”
5. “Sunday is for family.”
6. Be “creative” with young people and find innovative ways to create dignified jobs.
7. Respect and take care of nature.
8. Stop being negative. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy,” he said.
9. “The worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes.”
10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said. “The call for peace must be shouted.”

I think this is a perfect list, one that transcends any religion, any lifestyle. Sure, No.5 can be pretty Christian, but change your Sunday to Saturday or Friday or whatever, and remember the important thing is to designate time for family.

No.4 is definitely my favorite. Not because I’m particularly lazy or adept at free time (remember those few years where I worked full-time and nights and weekends?,) but because I do think that one in particular is imperative to accomplishing all other things on the list. Take some time to enjoy life and you can sure do a lot of good with the sense of contentment, happiness, etc. that go with taking a break for leisure.

Thanks, Frank.

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For the Record

I fucking hate writing personal statements. 

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The Race of Life

Today I realized a big shift in my Facebook feed. What once–and I mean as recently as last year or perhaps even early this year–was all engagement ring selfies and shower snapshots and wedding photos, is now babies. Baby bumps, baby showers, baby swaddling, eating, smiling, pooping, baby is X-months-old!… just baby, baby, baby. Far more babies than life milestones like graduations, engagements, or new homes.

When did I get this old? Or this out of my demographic? I couldn’t be further from having a baby than I could be from getting engaged, graduating, or buying a house. I have to admit to being really shaken by this realization. I’ve always been aware of being a little behind, like perhaps some people have lapped me. But now I’m not sure I’m even running in the same race as most the people I know. Am I on some alternate track? Are there water stations and a finish line for me, too?

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