How to be free & happy in this world.

NCR: Start Fucking Everything

NCR: Words of Wisdom > James Baldwin
Sima and I often speak of our mutual intent to be as “awake” as possible. This applies to spiritual pursuits as well as to seeing ourselves and the world in the clearest of lights. These things are not mutually exclusive. I have lived a life of ease, with a horseshoe up my ass and my struggles have rarely been of the survival variety, so getting real takes vigilance and effort. Admittedly, I have failed, continue to fail and will fail in the future. At the end of it all I hope I can say that I lived seeking the truth rather than hightailing it toward the short term coziness of delusion and comfort. To stay tender in the midst of the discomfort of recognizing some of the harsh realities of humanity is an important part of this journey. I can say with certainty though that the beauty is greater the more honestly I can see reality. And so is the pain.  

NCR: Remembrance Day 
A tribute to soldiers past & present.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was a Canadian physician and poet who fought in the First World War. He wrote the now famous poem In Flanders Fields upon reflecting on how poppies seemed to grow quickly on the graves of those who died at Ypres, a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders.
In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields. (1915)
As war continues to ravage the world we live in today there is a beautiful quote we both love and hope for. As naive as it may seem … it is one we personally hope the children & grandchildren we may one day have will be able to experience. ~ Sima & Kristin
"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’" -Eve Merriam