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In harmony with the machine.

Posted in Mental Vagaries on January 20, 2016 by Mental Vagabond

So this may come as a shock to many, but… I do not know how to drive yet. I know, usually folks learn to drive before they even come of age… and if they haven’t learned by then, they never do (with a few exceptions, I presume.)

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“Make good art.”

Posted in Mental Vagaries with tags , , on January 12, 2016 by Mental Vagabond

When things get tough, this is what you should do:

Make good art.

-Neal Gaiman

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“My spirit is a roaring sea”

Posted in Mental Vagaries with tags , on January 4, 2016 by Mental Vagabond

Holy Toledo. I’ve been away for over a year.

Okay, not exactly. Every now and then, when a topic comes to me and strikes me as worthy of inspiration, I toss a little blurb into the Drafts folder. Problem is, a lot of them lose relevance as time goes by. And that is my other problem. Time, I don’t have it. I know, I know. Nobody has time, so you make time. Sadly, I wasn’t very good at it, but I hope to improve.

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Happy Birthday, Uncle Sam.

Posted in Cultural Snippets, Mental Vagaries with tags on July 4, 2014 by Mental Vagabond

Good morning, Uncle Sam. Today, you turn 238 years old. My, that is a long time. And it has been one hell of a ride, hasn’t it? Continue reading

How much are you really worth?

Posted in Mental Vagaries on June 12, 2014 by Mental Vagabond

The teacher held up a $500 bill and asked the class: “Who wants this bill?”
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One Year of Hiking and Foraging.

Posted in Blog News, Mental Vagaries on May 23, 2014 by Mental Vagabond

It is delightful, although unintended, that this anniversary post comes right after the one entry of mine that broke, nay, shattered, all my personal records for views, likes, comments and rebloggings to date; something I will elaborate on shortly. As it stands, and thanks to WordPress’ handy scheduling tools, when this post comes up it will be exactly one year (with a margin of error of 59 seconds) since Hike and Forage took off with the primordial question Who am I?. And, truly, what a long, strange trip it’s been. Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo: It’s not all about burros and ponchos.

Posted in Cultural Snippets, Mental Vagaries on May 5, 2014 by Mental Vagabond

Ever wondered what Cinco de Mayo is really about? No, it’s not Independence Day. Let a thoroughbred Mexican clear that haze for ya. Continue reading

Good-bye, Twenty-Thirteen.

Posted in Mental Vagaries on December 30, 2013 by Mental Vagabond

Folks, I will admit to feeling less than stellar, as these past weeks of holidays have been both nice and draining on many levels. It is a bittersweet irony that one must suffer in order to celebrate, what with the shopping, the cooking, and often being away from those you most love (which I can only hope it was not your case). We brave it through if only to make the days of those around us worthy of being called celebrations, be it with our presence or with more hefty contributions (those who cook deserve a medal), and as we recover from the so-called holidays we will go into the New Year with (hopefully) renewed dreams and a reinvigorated desire to take the world by storm. At least, that is what I intend.

Everyone shifts to an introspective state of mind to reflect on what the year that departs left, and what the new year (we hope) will bring. Oh, so many dreams often hang from those fresh twelve months ahead of us. How intently we try to pierce the mist and find out… will we make it this time? Will we fail yet again and come crashing down with the pain that it entails? Today I will give you my perspective of past and future. Continue reading

Giving Thanks.

Posted in Mental Vagaries with tags on November 28, 2013 by Mental Vagabond

I give thanks for being alive. Because every day, good or bad, is a chance to learn, to evolve, to reinvent myself. Continue reading

Is romanticism dead?

Posted in Mental Vagaries on November 17, 2013 by Mental Vagabond

Let me start by saying, the internet made me late. I lost connection on Tuesday afternoon and I have not regained it cause my ISP sucks. I had to go elsewhere to get this post out within schedule. If necessary, I will post two posts or three on a given week (one by day, probably) to keep up with my weekly schedule, which I have no intention of abandoning. Only the direst circumstances force me to go on hiatus, and I cling to the belief that never again will I have such hard times as I did back in August in to a lesser degree on September. It truly feels like my life is getting on track, even though the actual destination (if any) is still far away. But at least I don’t feel like I am in a lightless pit anymore. I am, I would say, walking on sunshine.

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