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Tuning up Burncards: a content manifesto (of sorts)

My old blog, The Urban Blog, has a lot of Reno content on it. I like writing about urban policy and transportation issues. With The Urban Blog, I was majority Seattle-based for the majority of the time I wrote the blog. I have always had a tendency to bounce back and forth between the two cities, so I’ve just accepted that, and at one point I decided I wanted to live in Reno, so I moved to Reno. Something very interesting happened: the nature of my writing changed. I started Burncards with the intention of talking about more than urban design. The Urban Blog pushed around the edges a little bit, mostly reporting on music and cultural issues, and Burncards made it a point to pick up those topics.

Burncards needs more action. I need to do some urban writing about Reno. I’ve decided to make a new section on Burncards called The Urban Blog, where I will do the style of reporting that I was doing on The Urban Blog. Subject matter will not always be about Reno: you should see what’s going on in Seattle right now, and any other interesting thing that should appear.

This actually helps clarify the role of what the Gadflypaper section is all about. Gadflypaper is all about getting out in public with an opinion related to a policy matter facing the people of Reno. We may occasionally be kind of weird about that.

The rest of what Burncards tries to do should be fairly obvious, and we’ll try to keep the lights on. Turns out all of us stay really busy, which we use as an excuse for not doing Burncards. So, silly us. If you’d like to join in the party with your own unique voice on a subject, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


The Salvagery Community Art Project

The Salvagery Community Art Project in action in the Hobson Gallery!

The Salvagery Community Art Project in action in the Hobson Gallery!

The latest show by The Salvagery at the Hobson Gallery is an interactive experience that the entire community is invited to and can participate in. The Salvagery Community Art Project will go through the whole month of July and it should be a very engaging month of art.
I went to the Hobson Gallery a little after 7 and found the front area mostly empty. There is a sculpture show that is going on there and is very much worth looking at. The main action is going on in the back room of the Hobson; in there, were several dozen people sitting at tables, painting on little pieces of wood. Immediately after you enter, there is a table with pieces of wood of various sizes, some with lines and some without and next to that is another table with paint, plates for palates, brushes, and water to clean your brushes. The wood to paint on comes from two large paintings that have been cut into hundreds of small pieces for this show. You can do anything you want on your piece, but if there is a letter on one side of it, you can’t do anything on that. After all the pieces will are painted, they will be reassembled and then finally displayed on July 27. There is a small group of people who know what the paintings are, and no one is talking.

Pieces of the Art Puzzle, painted by you!

Pieces of the Art Puzzle, painted by you!

After some hemming and hawing, I ended up getting some paint and a piece of the puzzle. I ended up painting three pieces, talking and chatting with my fellow artists and seeing many familiar faces. Jerry Snyder acted as MC for the show, reminding all those attending what to do and how to do it. Then, Christy Lynn got up and sang some of her songs as we painted and chatted. It was a great addition to the atmosphere and feeling of the show. After Christy finished, James Wilsey came up to sing and play for us. The live music is a great addition to the show and would be another reason to come out for it.

If you missed the first Wednesday of July, you have two more chances to come out and contribute to the painting on July 13th and 20th. The show runs from 7 pm to 10 pm and there will be refreshments and live music. On the 27th, the completed and two reassembled paintings will be unveiled to the world. Come out to the Hobson Gallery on 315 Spokane (Spo-can) Street and create some art during this month of “art”, you won’t be sorry that you did.


GourMelt: The Best Food Truck in Reno

Jessie handing out a great sandwich at GourMelt.

Jessie handing out a great sandwich at GourMelt.

There are just times when you want comfort food. We all have it and it brings us back to days past and things past. One of my comfort foods is grilled cheese sandwiches and I really, really, really, really like them. Last Friday morning, I got an email from Kyle about GourMelt and he basically said we should go have one. I’m always up for an adventure, so I told him that we’d do that the next day. As the course of my Friday went on, I felt the need for some comfort food and as I was able to go, I went to GourMelt.  It was a great choice and helped my day

GourMelt was over at Strega at the corner of Ridge and Arlington (Belmont Road for those over 75), and was stationed there both Friday and Saturday. I jumped out of my car and ambled over to the truck. The truck that GourMelt uses is in excellent shape and is very well put together yellow truck with their great 1950s style logos and graphics wrapped around the front and back side. I got there around 2:00 or so on Friday and surveyed the menu. I asked the lady who was handling the orders, Jessie, what she would recommend. She suggested the Ultimelt and I took her up on the order, with a side of Parmesan garlic fries. I paid in cash (food trucks generally don’t take plastic, but GourMelt does!) and chatted a bit with Jessie, who works there with Haley who was cooking that day. GourMelt is a very new place and just got its start on May 1st, over at the Earth Day celebration at Idlewild. They try to use local vendors as much as they can: their bread comes from the awesome House of Bread and they get eggs from Reno Eggs and they get their produce from the Great Basin Food Co-op. I stood aside from the order window to let others get their lunches, and got my order as I scoped out the to go menu, took a couple pictures and went home with it.

The UtliMelt sandwich.

The UtliMelt sandwich. Have a great day!

At home, I had a great lunch outside with a nice glass of soda water and a wonderful grilled cheese sandwich. It was a bit cold as it took me about ten minutes to get home, but it was still perfect and tasty. The cheese was perfectly melted enough to be liquid, but not runny and the bread was toasted and firm, not soggy. The fries were just as great- not too garlicy, and not too parmesany, but subtle and tasty and you could probably still kiss someone after having one. The sandwich and fries hit the spot perfectly and I was ready for another one.

The Wiseguy and the Orchard Melt

The Wiseguy and the Orchard Melt

The next day I went with Kyle for a jaunt around around downtown and a sandwich from GourMelt. This time, I had the Orchard Melt, which is a grilled cheese with green apples and instead of the garlic fries, I went with sweet potato fries.  Kyle had the Wiseguy, which is Fontana cheese with salami and artichoke hearts with a salad on the side. We both really liked the sandwiches and it was a good time.

GourMelt in action!

GourMelt in action!

The next time the GourMelt truck comes your way, don’t hesitate to come and get some great food.  The prices are very reasonable for the high quality and wonderful food that they have.  I liked it so much that I went with a co-worker to GourMelt on Tuesday when they were out in front of the Co-Op.  I had the  Bumble Brie which is sliced green apples, ham, honey, and melted brie on cinnamon apple bread with a side of tomato soup.  And she had the Mother Clucker: cheddar cheese, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, red onion and dijon mustard, melted on rye bread with tomato soup.

The Mother Clucker and The Bumble Brie

The Mother Clucker and The Bumble Brie

If you don’t like salad or fries, the soup is a great choice- it’s really, super fresh and good tomato soup. You can taste that the tomatoes in the soup were only a few hours before tomatoes waiting for the chance to be made into excellent, beautiful soup.  Again, GourMelt hit the spot and made our days.  Like it says on their card: “We will fill your belly and melt your heart.”  They sure have with me.

 


News For Right Now: OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD

The official demise of Osama Bin Laden.

Needing no introduction, the terrorist mastermind is off this mortal coil.

12 hours ago, according to multiple  sources, a 40-man, Navy Seal team working on the ground in the northwest area of  Pakistan, north of Islamabad sought and killed Osama Bin Laden.   A large, heavily-protected palace-like compound was the target of this attack, possibly owned by an al Qaeda/Bin Laden courier.   Four helicopters, Chinook and Blackhawk, brought in the attack, one was lost crashing inside the compound, with no Americans were killed.

The Abbottabad (Pakistan) compound targeted was said to be extremely out of place, large, expensive, three-stories, privacy walls, heavily guarded, trash burned rather than taken to the street, no phone/Internet services, etc.   Apparently, the compound was extremely close to a Pakistani Military installation of some kind.  The compound had been under watch since August 2010.  Aerial and satellite photos taken over time showing the building of the compound, built in 2005, helped the success of this attack.

After 40 minutes of gunfire, three American bullets are said to have shot and killed Bin Laden, after a female servant was used as a human shield, killed, and cast aside.  One bullet was said to be “right between the eyes.”  Two other men, aides/couriers of Bin Laden, one of which was likely the compound’s owner, were also killed.

Bin Laden’s relative’s DNA was used to confirm his DNA-positive results compared with the body of Bin Laden.  The US is in possession of his body.  It is said Bin Laden’s body will likely be buried and treated in accordance with Muslim tradition and respects.  His body was “buried at sea,”  as to not make a “shrine” to his effect for any sympathizers or al Qaeda supporters.

Edits and further updates provided as necessary.

(information gathered from multiples news sources and US official releases)

(image courtesy Filip Spagnoli’s fine WordPress blog)


Inside Grandmother’s Attic- The Salvagery’s Latest Show

Eric and Kelly at the front door of Grandmother's Attic, the latest art show from The Salvagery.

Eric and Kelly at the front door of Grandmother's Attic, the latest art show from The Salvagery.

I went to The Salvagery’s latest show “Grandmother’s Attic” on its opening night on Thursday, April 28, and was completely blown away. The Hobson Gallery, which I’ve been to for other shows several times was totally remade and felt like it was another place. It started from the way you entered the show.

Visitors to the show were led to a door in one of the side rooms, where there was the food and drinks during other shows. This was a sort of entry way and it had a greeter along with several pieces of art and a door that led into the rest of the gallery and the show. All visitors were greeted by someone from The Salvagery, who would explain the show and talk about the group. You could leave a donation and then enter the show.

When I entered the main gallery, it felt like I walked into a dream, or maybe someone’s idea of a dream, or a hallucination of some kind.   Wrapped around the whole of the main gallery was a large installation of things and stuff that you might just find in your Grandmother’s attic: books, tables, chairs, wheelchairs, all painted white and stuck together. The lights in the main room were off entirely and the only sources of light for the pieces were movies and several lamps, near the back of the main room. The movies all seemed to be family or home movies from the 1960s or 1970s but were indistinct, fuzzy and flickering as they played against the installation around the wall of the gallery. Everyone in the gallery simply walked around the space quietly, looking and watching. I also was able to say hello to the very cool Aric Shaprio, one of the people who put on the show.  He was even amazed by it and was slowly taking in the whole of the show and how it is. After soaking in the atmosphere and art I went to the back of Hobson to see what was going on there. In the back area, was glass blowing by the wonderful, amazing Nicole Seaton, who is a true master of making art with glass. It’s always fascinating to watch glass blowing and see beautiful things created from sand and fire.

Inside Grandmother's Attic.

Inside Grandmother's Attic. Not a good picture, but taken on my iPhone. The only way to really experience Grandmother's Attic is to go to it!

All the pieces of art were interesting and tied into the idea of having gone into your Grandmother’s Attic. The entire installation and the pieces of art worked together very well and was something to behold. My one criticism would be is that the wall piece smelled like fresh paint. No worries about that- a bit of time will take care of that. My lousy iPhone picture doesn’t do the show justice at all. The only way to really experience Grandmother’s Attic is to go to it!

I didn’t spend enough time at the show, but I want to go again. The show has some limited openings and will be up for three weeks and I’m going to be sure to catch it again. If you want to see one the most interesting and inspiring art shows to hit Reno in a long, long time, go see Grandmother’s Attic.


Review- Europa Song by My Flag Is On Fire

Europa Song Cover Art.
Album art by Ahren Hertel for My Flag is on Fire’s album Europa Song

My Flag is On Fire is band that I’ve heard of off and on for the last few years. For the last week I’ve been listening to Europa Song which is their second full-length which has been a wonderful pleasure. As I was talking to Ty Williams, the front man of MFIOF, he described the sound on the album as baroque rock music. For me that conjures up the likes of John Cale’s Paris 1919 , The Beatles’s Let It Be, or Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. While this could be applied to Europa Song, I think that it could be better described as exquisite folk-rock music. It’s the kind of stuff to put on for daydreaming or for a good long bicycle ride somewhere beautiful. I listen to a lot of music of all genres, and for the last week Europa Song has been getting heavy rotation in my CD player, iPod, and on my computer. There are many reasons why I like Europa Song and I’ll just list a few of them.

I like the songs. In this time of the new predominance of singles and where many albums don’t have a cohesion, Europa Song works completely as a unit as well as single songs. The album begins with the sound of birds singing and the music slowly comes forward into the mix and eventually with the bird song as Rec’d Forever starts and ends in very much the same way. The lyrics for all the songs are interesting, but I mostly focus in on the wonderful harmonies and interplay between the guitar, accordion and voices. My favorite song is the final track, Europa Song, which ends in a very understated way that makes you want to restart the album. I also like White Bicycle which has a guest appearance from Ruben Garcia from The Mudsharks, playing trumpet. All the musicians playing on the album are very impressive, especially Ty and Shelly Goodin, who sings and plays accordion for the band. The drummer Mike Mechanic and Mike Mayhall, the bass player create a great background for these wonderful songs.

The recording is clean, clear and bright. The backing tracks to the album were recorded in a warehouse basement somewhere in downtown Reno, which added a natural echo to all the tracks. The vocals were recorded separately in a cabin overlooking Lake Tahoe and are crisp and clear. I like the way the album was recorded and it only adds to the music since it doesn’t distract from the music and only adds to the clarity and the quiet intensity of the music.

I also like the packaging of the CD. I would really recommend getting the actual CD with the wonderful cover painting by Ahren Hertel of a man and a woman sitting on ice with snowy mountains behind them. The insert with the album information also has some great photos of Ty and Shelly all dressed up and floating in a pool. The physical album adds a lot to the experience of the music that can’t be underestimated. If you want to get a physical copy of Europa Song you can go to Discology in the Truckee River Gallery, next to the Century Riverside Theater in downtown Reno. You can download the album from the band’s Bandcamp website http://myflagisonfire.bandcamp.com/ where you can also hear all the tracks of this great album. And, you can check you the band’s Myspace page here: www.myspace.com/myflagisonfire.

Europa Song by My Flag Is On Fire is an impressive album by a talented group of musicians. It is exquisite and beautiful music that has only grown on me and will warrant many repeat listens. Give it a whirl on your CD player, iPod, or musical conveyance, and you’ll hear it and love it and play it again.


Borders Is Bust

Borders has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Not really surprising, since if you follow these kinds of trends, Borders has been in trouble for years. If you just walk into a Borders, there’s fewer books now, barely any CDs, a few DVDs and a lot of “lifestyle” objects. Borders going bankrupt is just a sign of the problems with traditional book selling. It’s something that’s been happening since the mid 1990s when the first big book chains started to open up across the country. Before that, every town had at least one independent new bookstore. Reno had several: Sundance Books, The Little Professor, and a couple I can’t remember, even Carson had one. Of course you had Waldenbooks in the malls (I remember fondly the one in Park Lane Mall where I spent many happy hours,  it is now an empty lot gathering snow), and they had things you couldn’t get other places.  It all seemed to work.   In 1996, Barnes and Noble opened up in Reno, followed by Borders, and finally the “old” new bookstores started to close. Then, the used bookstores closed- and then we find ourselves where we are. For places without a real college, where books are everywhere, the only places to get books are the national chain stores and the internet. Soon, there’s going to be one less place to get books.


Reno’s Phil Peretz: Connecting Reno

In Phil’s Media Media Inc. article, he has a good personal mantra:

“I give away ads to businesses in the community in the hopes that this will bring them business or push traffic to their websites. (Give away, as in, I don’t get paid for this…I do it because I love my community)”

Phil is an enterprising guy in and about Reno, that has equally personal and unique ways of bringing his community together.    Besides “Media Media Inc,” he also runs “Reno Datebook,”  a calendar of events that covers just about everything Reno has going on.

We appreciate his support,  and we are honored to have him as a “web neighbor,” and as a fellow Renoite!  Go give his sites a visit!


QRA: What in the Reno is “QRA?”

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About two weeks ago, a truck driver came to my work to pick up freight, as happens on a semi-regular basis here.  Upon walking in my dock door, he had this angry, “Don’t mess with me,” attitude, but overcompensated to the power of ten.  He did his job, and he didn’t say a word, but it was the look in the eyes, and the way he trounced about my warehouse.  It must have been a territorial thing, or a “I’m a dog in a new house,” tail-stiff-as-a-board, haunches shaking and teeth ready to go.  I had never seen this guy before, and since I’m in my warehouse, I have little to fear from this guy, as his nature was defensive more so than anything.  At work, I’m typically a focused, direct, organized and no-bullshit kind of guy, and on top of it, I’m normally very easy to get along with.  Ask anyone who has worked with me.  Overall, I wasn’t afraid of this guy, there was no need to be.  I’ve seen dangerous people, they don’t “look like,” anything, they just give off this electricity.  This poor truck driver just came off as… upset.

I treated this guy as I do most people who act like this, especially in a professional environment, I simply ignored the attitude, talked with him, pried a bit of information out of him, and eventually it lightened him up.  Evidently, he and I both worked at UPS at the hub in Sparks at similar times, and that really made a difference to him.  Off he went, me none the wiser.

Today happens.  I get a visit from the same guy to pick up some freight, except this time, he is practically elated to see me.  He rushes over, maneuvers the dock plate, grabs the freight with my pallet jack, bullshits with me like we’re old pals, fills out paperwork and is just a gem of a truck driver.  He really wanted to linger around and shoot the crap, talk shop, all that, which I really didn’t mind, but in my head I’m thinking… “…what in manic Reno hell?”   It was quite funny, but at least the guy was a bit more relaxed, if not just as overcompensating.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen in this town.  Really, similar instances happen far too often.

We have a concept here at Burncards we like to call “QRA.”  It stands for “Quintessential Reno Attitude.”   You can thank Ken Manz for this concept, adapted from “TCB,” or “Typical Cracker Behavior,” the stereotypically-sad instance wherein white people repeat specific activities, notions or…behavior.   Like TCB, the QRA end of things is aimed at a group of people (Renoites, mostly) that seem to represent a stereotypical attitude toward just about anything.   Some notable examples are, in my experience:

1)  Spitting on new things, art, windows and the mirrors of bathrooms.

2)  If male, spitting in an overly tough manner when passing by another male on the street, doubly-effective if putting a bounce in your step while doing this.

3)  Yelling “faggot,” at pedestrians, while in moving cars, through the open windows.

4)  Avoiding and talking about the Citifare bus system as “The Shame Train.”

5)  Witnessing something totally unacceptable in public and not doing a thing about it (call cops, tell them to stop, inform security) and then complaining to everyone else who won’t do a thing about it, either.

6)  Finding just about any excuse NOT to do something about anything:  It’s too hot outside/it’s too cold outside, it’s too new/it’s too old, it’s too corporate/it’s too small, it’s downtown/it’s not downtown, it’s boring, I hate the people who go there, it’s not local/there’s no selection, blah blah blah.

7)  Using the roads, highways and byways as a place to enforce your personal philosophy about speed, who-owns-what-lane, freeway merging, and who should or shouldn’t be in front of you.

8)  When making a free right turn, honking obnoxiously at people in the crosswalk when pedestrians have the right of way with the little lit-up walking dude.

9)  Going above and beyond, way, way, way beyond, for not purpose or goal, but a over-the-top way of getting noticed/attention, making your point, or stating your general existence.  See this video.

10)  Being tough.  Looking tough.  Talking tough.  Spitting tough.  Doing so in groups, at dog parks, at bars, in public, wherever other tough people might be.

What this gentleman expressed in my place of business both two weeks ago and today are prime examples of “QRA.”  I’ve noticed similar attitudes in towns of the same size and general demographics as Reno, but not quite as strong as here.   Let’s face it:  We’re a bunch of edgy folks, very territorial, with something to prove, unwilling to suggest alternatives to anything that sucks, and yet the first to bitch when there’s a problem.  When we do this in public for all to see, we’re committing QRA.

In a way, the QRA is a study of Reno, and there’s probably a multitude of reasons why Reno does things like this.

In recent discussions, a lot of people have genuinely found Reno becoming a less safe place to be.  Violent crime has gone up overall, I’ve heard of rapings, muggings, and robberies increasing.  This is serious stuff, folks!  QRA be damned, at one point we used to be a pleasantly safe city, perhaps with a lot of misanthrope attitude and unmerry passers-by, but when people start really having problems in their own town, it’s time to put that shit aside, especially when there’s no real reason or root cause for it.  Our fake toughness, ignorance, whining and being scared ain’t going to cut it if we don’t become a community.

QRA as a label is intentionally funny.  It really doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s just an embarrassing part of why Reno tends to be a drag-ass city when things are trying to get someplace, culture to be established or status to be gained.   Much like the guy who stopped by my warehouse on the first visit, realized I didn’t play dice and then turned it around the next time we saw each other, maybe we can think about this when we’re being straight up assholes, whiners and defeatist/obstructionists out there.   This from is someone who both loves and loathes this town, has been here long enough to know better, and gets sucked into QRA with the best of them now and again.

Until then, allow us to post future instances of QRA: we encourage you to share your own instances of QRA either via e-mail, video, pictures or comments here at Burncards.com.   Hell, extra points if you recount yourself doing it!

Perhaps while we’re addressing the issue of QRA we can have some fun with it as well.  Which, incidentally, is a little QRA in itself.


From The Desk of K.W. – Goodbye 2010 – “Screw The Aughts.”

2010 kind of served as a nice bookend for the “aughts,” decade before it, kind of a scab, reminding us we came from some pretty heavy shit, and we’re still going through heavy shit. Bobby Ferrell, Geraldine Doyle (Rosie the Riveter inspiration), Teena Marie, Leslie Nielsen, Glenn Shadix (Beetlejuice), Peter Graves, Corey Haim, J.D. Salinger (Catcher in the Rye author), Zelda Rubinstein (Poltergeist), and Teddy Pendergrass all bit the dust… so it wasn’t an epic “M.J.” year, but still, it sucks when talent leaves this mortal coil.

We saw natural disasters (Haiti earthquake) and human disasters (BP Gulf oil spill), saw some great film like “True Grit,” and the debatable “Inception,” among crap like “Saw 3D.” We saw the stock markets gain a little footing, but are still entrenched in unprecedented unemployment.

Closer to home, Reno saw the close of the Siena Hotel and Casino, Nevada has a new Governor, Brian Sandoval, Sparks finished the first phases of projects such as the Legends (much more to go), and UNR won the most awe-inspiring football game (ever?) against Boise State. We’re still drowning in epic unemployment numbers, are dealing with more road projects than usual (which will be to our benefit sooner than later) and thus we’re doing a lot of thumb-twiddling.

On a personal note, I got a job, got laid off, recorded an album, laid to rest the partial predecessor to this site, www.godhatesreno.com, I am working closely with Ken Manz to make this-here Burncards.com do something interesting, and I am personally looking forward to 2011.

“Zero years,” (1980, 1990, 2000, 2010) are always transition times. Numbers don’t mean a damn thing in the grand scheme of things, but then again, they do. Decades matter. The youngest of the decade numbers of any decade are more a finish of the former nine years rather than be the usher unto the decade to come. If we really wanted the decade to finish out, it’s this year, not 2009.

Now this is just my point of view. Not necessarily Burncards.com, or anyone else:

I didn’t much like 2010 any more than I liked most of the 2001-2010 era. It was pretty much filled with disaster, be it politically, economically, world-related, right down to everyone’s personal family and individual standpoint. Music went from interesting to weirdly non-innovative, experimental left the building to make way for revisiting the past, television went from a mild form of entertainment to churning out better stories and interesting plots than Hollywood movies, political polarization has become practically a spectator sport with chosen teams, and basically everything is as complicated as it could be, upside-down and unexpectedly predictable (if there ever was such a thing).

There have been plenty of cool bands, projects, movies, artists and situations peppered throughout a largely failed decade, as to be expected. Or, to be pessimistic, maybe our standards are so low mediocrity is lookin’ pretty damn good right about now. Nah, I don’t think it’s that bad. I do, however, think we’re kind of reaching critical mass, here. The subculture has become culture, the underdog has become the big dog, and it isn’t a simple matter of to-sell-out-or-not-to-sell-out, we’re all fucking broke, and everyone is selling out. We simply can’t afford to eat and make anything anymore because we have the luxury to do so. We fight amongst ourselves for we feel helpless to find, see and live what we want. It’s the first time when I realize I’ve been defeated more by nay-saying, negativity and destructive forces–besides myself!

Hopefully 2011 (and beyond) will show the beginning. It’ll show the beginning of ten years of self-oppression starting to dwindle. sensibilities beginning to sober up and see the light of day, and people coming together to work rather than being the self-centered, important wannabe superstars we’ve been encouraged to be. I’ve often said, “In the age of the ‘meme,’ ironic it’s all about ‘me, me.'”

I want to wake up and see a day of possibility, not a list of unending fix-its. I’d much rather relax once in a while than constantly worry about tomorrow. I want to be the one that helps when asked, smiles when looked upon, and filled with ideas and implementation when asked how my day is going. I’d like to thrive rather than survive. I’ve proven I can survive, I want to learn how to live again.

I hope everyone in the world will join me, starting now.

(Photo courtesy Zazzle)