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Appreciations and reflections out of Durham, NC

Seven Principles of Paradise

Boss Manatee’s Seven Principles of Paradise:

  1. The First Presiding Principle of Paradise is that everyone’s basic needs are met.
  2. Society is organized in a manner in which each participant is able by volition to maximize his or her physical, intellectual, social, and creative potential.
  3. The individual acts in consideration of the whole, and the whole is organized in consideration of the individual.
  4. Paradise preserves and celebrates the intrinsic difference between people groups and cultures, while providing the conditions for each to thrive.
  5. Society exists symbiotically with its natural environment to ensure the maximum longevity of the human race and the species that cohabit the Earth with it.
  6. The state of this Society is sought and maintained by collective and constant inquiry, adjustment, and refinement.
  7. IT WILL NOT BE PARADISE FOR ANYONE UNTIL IT IS PARADISE FOR EVERYONE.

Boss Mantee is the start-up design and apparel company of Tim Reavis, a native of Durham and resident of Raleigh. I just met him Friday night and feel better for it.

Wow. The creativity and heart around us! I marvel. And am encouraged.

Vegan Chocolate Beet Cake in the making. For Megan’s birthday.

Open Mic Downtown Durham

I can’t make this, but hope others can enjoy:

Got Spoken Word, Got Vocals, Got tunes, Got a Truth to Speak? Bring it to Open Mic for Pleiades Gallery Truth to Power Night.

FRIDAY, July 18th, 6-9pm 
on Five Points Plaza, downtown Durham
109 East Chapel Hill Street

Free. Open to the public. Sign up at the stage starting at 6pm, Friday.

Your Answer

I want to ask you,
and yet, 
don’t want your answer.
Not if it’s what I think it is.
Because if it is,
I want to allow space for change
in you.
Space for perspective,
for understanding,
for insight.
To feel assured you know the weight of my question
and the significance of your answer.

A rough success!

A rough success!

Cannot for the life of me get this Upside Down Dutch Braid figured out to complete a Crown Braid. Attempt number 6…

Cannot for the life of me get this Upside Down Dutch Braid figured out to complete a Crown Braid. Attempt number 6…

My family’s theme song during Hurricane Arthur. Cousin even drove in from Raleigh the night of the storm - with supplies for margaritas.

(Source: Spotify)

My family’s location during Hurricane Arthur, in a cottage on North Topsail Beach.
Screen shot courtesy of my brother-in-law, Darin.

My family’s location during Hurricane Arthur, in a cottage on North Topsail Beach.

Screen shot courtesy of my brother-in-law, Darin.

From a recent visit to Providence, Rhode Island. First Unitarian Church (founded circa 1818) and The Providence Athenaeum (founded in 1753). This library was my absolute favorite! In the front is a fountain with the words, “Come hither every one that thirsteth,” inscribed in stone.

I find myself preferring libraries to churches.

Though people seem drawn to both for similar reasons.

Watering everybody.

Watering everybody.

O my friends, there are resources in us on which we have not drawn.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Divinity School Address”

Our view of Hurricane Arthur, from late morning to dusk.

Beach sunrise, morning before Hurricane Arthur.

Beach sunrise, morning before Hurricane Arthur.

Quality time with Carter, the family bambino.