randomness.spontaneity. & my infatuation with a good story.
Dear Ryan, Conor, Brendan, Charlie, and Mary Catherine,
My wise and thoughtful daughter Rachel urged me to write down some advice for you, the important things that I have learned about life. I am beginning this on 8 April 2012, the eve of my 72nd birthday.
1. Each one of you is a wonderful gift of God both to your family and to all the world. Remember it always, especially when the cold winds of doubt and discouragement fall upon your life.
2. Be not afraid … of anyone or of anything when it comes to living your life most fully. Pursue your hopes and your dreams no matter how difficult or “different” they may seem to others. Far too many people don’t do what they want or should do because of what they imagine others may think or say. Remember, if they don’t bring you chicken soup when you’re sick or stand by you when you’re in trouble, they don’t matter. Avoid those sour-souled pessimists who listen to your dreams then say, “Yeah, but what if …” The heck with “what if…” Do it! The worst thing in life is to look back and say: “I would have; I could have; I should have.” Take risks, make mistakes.
3. Everyone in the world is just an ordinary person. Some people may wear fancy hats or have big titles or (temporarily) have power and want you to think they are above the rest. Don’t believe them. They have the same doubts, fears, and hopes; they eat, drink, sleep, and fart like everyone else. Question authority always but be wise and careful about the way you do it.
4. Make a Life List of all those things you want to do: travel to places; learn a skill; master a language; meet someone special. Make it long and do some things from it every year. Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow” (or next month or next year). That is the surest way to fail to do something. There is no tomorrow, and there is no “right” time to begin something except now.
5. Practice the Irish proverb: Moi an olge agus tiocfaidh sí “Praise the child and she will flourish.”
6. Be kind and go out of your way to help people — especially the weak, the fearful, and children. Everyone is carrying a special sorrow, and they need our compassion.
7. Don’t join the military or any organization that trains you to kill. War is evil. All wars are started by old men who force or fool young men to hate and to kill each other. The old men survive, and, just as they started the war with pen and paper, they end it the same way. So many good and innocent people die. If wars are so good and noble, why aren’t those leaders who start wars right up there fighting?
8. Read books, as many as you can. They are a wonderful source of delight, wisdom, and inspiration. They need no batteries or connections, and they can go anywhere.
9. Be truthful.
10. Travel: always but especially when you are young. Don’t wait until you have “enough” money or until everything is “just right.” That never happens. Get your passport today.
11. Pick your job or profession because you love to do it. Sure, there will be some things hard about it, but a job must be a joy. Beware of taking a job for money alone — it will cripple your soul.
12. Don’t yell. It never works, and it hurts both yourself and others. Every time I have yelled, I have failed.
13. Always keep promises to children. Don’t say “we’ll see” when you mean “no.” Children expect the truth; give it to them with love and kindness.
14. Never tell anyone you love them when you don’t.
15. Live in harmony with Nature: go into the outdoors, woods, mountains, sea, desert. It’s important for your soul.
16. Visit Ireland. It’s where the soul of our family was born — especially the West: Roscommon, Clare, and Kerry.
17. Hug people you love. Tell them how much they mean to you now; don’t wait until it’s too late.
18. Be grateful. There is an Irish saying: “This is a day in our lives, and it will not come again.” Live every day with this in mind."
As was written in his obituary, James K. Flanagan “was proudly liberal and fought unyieldingly for the underdog. He was an accomplished author, poet, and seanchai — Irish storyteller; he reveled in recounting the joy of growing up Catholic in Jersey City and his adventures in the Adirondack Mountains and on the Western coast of Ireland. His greatest love was spending time with his family, most of all his five grandchildren” Ryan (11); Conor (10); Brendan (9); Charles (8); and Mary Catherine (5).” (via theclassroomstarter)
—-this is beautiful… great life lessons.
[Andre 3000] So I typed a text to a girl I used to see Sayin' that I chose this cutie pie with whom I wanna be And I apologize if this message gets you down Then I CC'ed every girl that I'd see-see 'round town And hate to see y'all frown, but I'd rather see her smilin' Wetness all around me, true, but I'm no island Peninsula maybe It makes no sense, I know crazy Give up all this pussy cat that's in my lap No lookin' back Spaceships don't come equipped with rear view mirrors They dip as quick as they can The atmosphere is now ripped I'm so like a pimp (Pip), I'm glad it's night (Gladys Knight) Stole the light from the sun Would not burn me on my bum When I shoot the moon High jump the broom Like a preemie out the womb My partner yellin' "Too soon! Don't do it! Reconsider! Read some liter-ature on the subject You sure? Fuck it You know we got your back like chiroprac-tic If that bitch do you dirty We'll wipe her ass out in some detergent Now hurry hurry Go on to the altar I know you ain't a pimp, but pimp remember what I taught ya Keep your heart, three stacks, keep your heart Hey keep your heart, three stacks, keep your heart Man these girls is smart, three stacks, these girls is smart Play your part... play your part"
This will always be a beautiful verse.
Why is this my life right now
Just this week this exact verse came back to me random as fuck. Talk about timeless
Looking for some deliciously dynamic dishes that won’t keep you in the kitchen for hours on end? How does Sweet and Sticky Cashew Tofu, Black Bean Corn Quesadillas with Smoked Paprika, and Cauliflower and Cashew Cream Soup sound? You can get all the recipes here, from one of our favorite blogs Olives for Dinner.
Yummm… more veggie goodness
lyttlenatalie asked: what is a cookbook that you would recommend to start making and cooking with natural and organic ingredients?
My current favs are Great Chefs Cook Vegan, Candle 79 and everything in this section of my Amazon favs. The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource For Healthy Eating is dope to have because it breaks nutrition down to you so you understand exactly what your body needs and why.
My favorite healthy eating site, Oh She Glows, has a dope cookbook coming out soon too! And I was told about this Afro-Vegan book coming out in April that seems incredible! Veganized African, Caribbean and southern comfort foods. Amazing!
I usually just type “healthy recipes” “organic recipes” (or whatever you’re looking for exactly!) on Amazon and surf through the reviews to find new goodies! Hope that helps <3
Vegan Japanese Round Up
This looks so damn good!
Jill Scott wisdom.
I never reblog these but this is important.
Man, my rapper cousins need to learn this wisdom.
Just be in the ROOM! yes jill yes! My twin!