MG Siegler shared a photo to his tumblr this morning of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse that I really enjoyed.

A detailed cross section of the lighthouse that shows the inside and the outside of the structure from 1869.

While looking at the photo,, it dawned on me that the lighthouse looked familiar. A quick search in Google Photos for lighthouse later:

Sure enough here is my photo of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse from a trip to the outer banks of North Carolina in 2013.

Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.

  • Hermann Hesse

The really hard part is knowing when to let go and when to hold on.

Source: swiss-miss

I normally don't like the motivational slogan pictures that are shared around the internet. I believe that they can do more harm than good. That pessimism might be why I find it hard to motivate myself to beat my procrastination.

However, I really like this one. It is not like a normal motivation poster trying to put a positive spin on something in life that is troubling. No, rather it is a direction, a suggestion that you go out and do what
you
want to do with your life rather than what someone else wants you to do.

The journey is the destination as they say.

Source: this isn't happiness

Short Movie Review


A boy with powerful magic must take a journey to find powerful artifacts to protect himself from powerful enemies. A wonderfully made stop motion movie that combines CGI deftly to tell a great story of family lost and found, personal growth, and conquering fears.

Today I weighed myself to get back on track with my weight loss goals.

I weighed 225.8 lbs so, I'll call it 226.

My goal was to be down to 200 pounds by my birthday, October 4. But, I don't think that's going to be achievable now. Losing 26 pounds in a month is not healthy.

I still want to get down to 200 pounds. I just need to adjust my timetable a little bit.

New goal time frame is the end of the year.

Goal: weigh 200 pounds by January 1st

Often times, a person will think they know you by piecing together tiny facts and arranging those pieces into a puzzle that makes sense to them. If we don't know ourselves very well, we'll mistakenly believe them, and drift toward where they tell us to swim, only to drown in our own confusion.

Here's the truth: it's important to take the necessary steps to find out who you are. Because you hold endless depths below the surface of a few facts and pieces and past decisions. You aren't only the ripples others can see. You are made of oceans.

Victoria Erickson

Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning in my confusion. I don't really
know
what I want from life so I just go with the flow. This has worked well for the last 30 years but, now I'm feeling a strong tug to figure myself out.

Source: Whiskey River

The excellent Humans of New York blog highlights the thoughts of this returning veteran. The idea that he was there to give the people basic human freedoms is a distortion that he expresses himself,

were manipulated by people with a shit load of money into executing somebody else’s worldview.

I think a lot of our own young men were manipulated in the same way in the run up to the war on terrorism.

Source: Humans of New York

I think this GIF sums up how I think. My idle thoughts just kind of flow back and forth.

Source: Tumblr

One of the saddest realities is most people never know when their lives have reached the summit. Only after it is over and we have some kind of perspective do we realize how good we had it a day, a month, five years ago. The walk together in the December snow, the phone call that changed everything, and that lovely evening in the bar by the Aegean. Back then you thought "this is so nice." Only later did you realize it was the rarest bliss.

Jonathan Carroll

Source: Whiskey River

I was giving some lectures in Germany about the death penalty. It was fascinating because one of the scholars stood up after the presentation and said, “Well you know it’s deeply troubling to hear what you’re talking about." He said, “We don’t have the death penalty in Germany. And of course, we can never have the death penalty in Germany." And the room got very quiet, and this woman said, “There’s no way, with our history, we could ever engage in the systematic killing of human beings. It would be unconscionable for us to, in an intentional and deliberate way, set about executing people." And I thought about that. What would it feel like to be living in a world where the nation state of Germany was executing people, especially if they were disproportionately Jewish? I couldn’t bear it. It would be unconscionable.

And yet, in this country, in the states of the Old South, we execute people – where you’re 11 times more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white than if the victim is black, 22 times more likely to get it if the defendant is black and the victim is white – in the very states where there are buried in the ground the bodies of people who were lynched. And yet, there is this disconnect.

Bryan Stevenson (We Need to Talk About Injustice)

I can't believe that there is even a debate about how we execute (intentionally or not) people in this country. The state shouldn't be killing people, period.

Via: Piece