Patrick Rhone shares a thought about kindness that struck me.

But, kindness is like that. Sometimes, this thing we do that we think will have a huge impact is a small gesture to those that receive it. Other times, the smallest gesture of kindness can be life-changing. We, the giver, don’t get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. We don’t get to know up front. And that’s good. Just be kind, and do kind things, big and small. Because, any kindness can outlast us.

We can never know how someone will take our actions. So, a good idea is to default to kindness. After all, we never really know what other people are struggling with unless they tell us.

In an email newsletter Shawn Blanc shared a sentence that rings like a universal truth.

Clarity about what matters also gives clarity about what does not.

It's so simple and so profound. If you find what matters then you will also find what does not matter.

Time to stop looking for shortcuts and time to start insisting on a long, viable path instead.

-Seth Godin on his blog about marketing.

But, I think this applies to more than just marketing. I think it applies to pretty much everything. Quit looking for the easy way to do things that will get you there faster (goals, challenges, tasks, whatever) and start doing things in a way that might take longer but, will be more satisfying.

I need to start doing this in my life.

I need to start working on my goals with a viable path in mind instead of looking for quick fixes that only approximate what I want.

On Tuesday March 20, 2018, president Donald Drumpf tweeted:

This occurred after the 6 month deadline he gave congress to fix the "controversial" federal policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

This occurred after the republicans and democrats worked on various compromise legislation that Donald Drumpf torpedoed before a bill could be worked out between the chambers of congress.

This is not the first time that Donald Drumpf has tweeted a DACA deal is so easy to do.

And my personal favorite

A pathway to citizenship for undocumented children who were brought by their parents? Really? That's just not going to be passable in either of the Republican controlled chambers of congress. That is literally the complete opposite of a deal.

But the best part of all of this to me is that our president is so obviously lying about what his priorities are. He's not interested in a deal unless it has everything he wants and nothing the other side wants. That's not a deal.

And back to my first reaction on seeing that tweet today:

Drumpf created this mess by ending the policy itself.

If it's so easy to make a deal; why haven't you already made a deal?

Remember in 2017 when e thought 2018 would save us? We were so naive.

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I really enjoy Robert Macfarlane's Word of the day that he shares. This one and the accompanying photo is a great.

Evergreen Tweet for the Month of February:




As always the Astronomy Picture of the Day website gives us an amazing photo of our universe. This time it is a photo of the Milky Way and the Zodiacal Light in the same sky.

Dueling Bands

When one is drinking tea, the woman explains, there is no woman, no tea, there is only the drinking of tea.

  • Nin Andrews

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Donald Drumpf has decided that starting trade wars with countries is a good thing that will definitely not hurt the United States but, will actually help the United States. Because, apparently, he thinks trade wars are easy to win and trade deficits are the real problems with American society. Not the racism, police brutality, debtor's prisons, private prisons, mass incarceration, mass shootings, etc.

This morning he tweeted out his reasoning behind steel and aluminium tariffs as well as how countries can stop them from being implemented.:


According to Drumpf, NAFTA stole jobs and companies from America and moved them to Mexico and Canada which stole their value from America and made us worse and Canada and Mexico better. His zero sum gamification of everything will destroy America. Then he literally extorts the steel and aluminium tariffs for, a "new & fair NAFTA", better treatment of American farmers by Canada (which is part of NAFTA), and Mexico stopping the drug trade.

When Drumpf announced his tariffs last week, commentators thought it was directed at China for flooding the market with cheap steel and aluminium but, no, the tariffs are directed at our free trade partners in an effort to get a "new & fair NAFTA" signed. I know for a fact that we will not get a "new & fair NAFTA" by threatening your negotiating partners with a trade war if you don't get your way.

This is diplomacy at a 5 year old level: "You can't play with my toys unless you give me your toys." bullshit. This is why the world is looking at the United States like we're crazy fucking idiots. This and the insane amount of guns we have.