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Being A Korean American Adoptee

Imagining the depth of feelings of everything involved in Danielle's journey broke the levees of my tear ducts like few other experiences have. I think our youngest son was genuinely concerned for my well-being, such was the extent of my sobbing.

To learn more about Danielle Oakes and her account of this part of her life journey, please visit: Read more

 

The Magic of Minimalism

If this look at Fumio Sasaki's shift to minimalism has you curious to learn more, I think you'll enjoy his book, Goodbye, Things:

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In decluttering our lives and saying goodbye to most material possessions that we truly don't need, there is so much to gain in freedom, focus, and a spirit of gratitude. Read more

 

Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain - Bob Kramer, Master Bladesmith

Giving thanks for another favourite from Anthony Bourdain that I always enjoy revisiting. Read more

 

Raw Craft With Anthony Bourdain - Rachel Rosenkrantz, Master Luthier

In memory of Anthony Bourdain, the fellow who showed me bits of the world and its people like no other. Read more

 

The world responds really well to those who take responsibility and give away credit. - Seth Godin

Many thanks to Tom Bilyeu and Seth Godin for this inspiring conversation.

As Seth says, "the world doesn’t respond well to hustlers; (people) don't like being hustled. The world responds really well to people who take responsibility and give away credit."

For more of Seth's thoughts on conscious living, you can visit:

Seth's Blog Read more

 

Everyone's Timing is Different

As Theodore Roosevelt once said: comparison is the thief of joy.

Many thanks to Jay Shetty for this powerful reminder to embrace the journey of self actualization and transcendence. Read more

 

Love Liberates

I am deeply grateful to have Maya Angelou to turn to whenever I need an injection of all that is good in life. Morning and night, even if I don't have much else to meditate on, I remember this from Maya:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Thank you for all that you gave us, Maya. Thank you. Read more

 

Very Easy Make Happy

Many thanks and respect to Kane from BuzzFeed and his lovely mom for sharing this with the world. Very easy make happy indeed. :) Read more

 

Reunion Between Christian the Lion and John Rendall and Anthony 'Ace' Bourke

If you haven't yet come across the following video that captures the reunion between Christian the lion and his adoptive parents, John Rendall and Ace Bourke, I encourage you to have a look here:

 

The Business of Being Born: A Must-See Documentary for Expectant Parents

My wife and I haven't agreed on every little thing over the years, but there is one thing that we have always agreed on: the best experiences of our lives so far have been the home births of our two sons.

I still remember both home births as though they occurred a few hours ago.

Margaret's labor with our firstborn was about six hours long. With the help of three midwives, we sweated and huffed and puffed our way through every hour. And I mean we.

About halfway through the labor, I distinctly remember thinking, I'll never say no to this woman again...whatever she asks for from now on, my answer will be yes. I know this is a bit of a funny thought to have had while she was crushing my hands during each wave of contractions, but the point that shouldn't be missed is this: I felt some serious respect and awe for my wife as I witnessed her giving birth to our firstborn. Read more

 

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