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Writing down the details of your life is one of the most restorative, meditative, and clarifying habits one can adopt. It helps you hold on to good memories, keep track of your personal wins, reflect on your life, and dream about the future. As a personal development tool, there’s nothing better than a diary. Other than perhaps going to a therapist or having a good solid group of close friends to gab with, it’s the best tool for sharing and examining your feelings and your life.

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HBD, Thich Nhat Hanh

Today, Thursday October 11th marks the birthday of Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist monk, world peacemaker, illustrious writer, and modern day Saint. This amazing soul is 92 years young today, and so to honor his life and teachings, I wanted to assemble a variety of quotes, articles, books, and links so that even more people could learn about this most precious of souls.

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PIONEERS: a new category covering tech, social, and design

The spirit of innovation and fearlessness of those who moved West in the first place shares so much in common with the innovators of today.  Both camps of individuals were welcoming of change and dismissive of past traditions. Both were willing go against the grain and take major risks in the hopes of creating something better for themselves and for the future of their families. 

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DUDES: Photographer Mikael Kennedy Studio Sale

"It's not about equipment, it's not about what type of camera you use, it's only about the vision you have that you are constructing. The first book I self-published I shot with a $30 toy camera, because that's all I could afford. Ignore what everybody else is doing and just go out and take pictures and build your own unique body of work." - Mikael Kennedy

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SHOP: Mountains vs. Plains Holiday Cards

The holidays can be a great time of year -- full of exhilaration, exciting plans, and welcome surprises. And they can also be bummer-y. The Christmas music is everywhere. The airports are crowded. And the people? They're all grumpy. And so for all the fun and feel-good vibes we expect to get from now until the 25th, there can be an added element of seriousness created by all our hysterical efforts to make things feel WONDERFUL! with a capital W. It's enough to squelch all the good humor and Christmas cheer we work to cultivate. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: that even during this most jubilant month of December, there are times when we just need a good belly-laugh. An LOL. Hell -- even a seldom used ROTFL.

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VIBES: The Small Faces

Formed in East London circa '65, The Small Faces were a seminal English mod-rock band that created pioneering sounds for four short but explosive years. For their very first and extremely raucous 1965 single 'Whatchya Gonna Do About It,' band members Steve Marriot, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Jim Winston borrowed heavily from seminal American soul and R&B artists like Otis Redding and Bobby Bland. The group's unique blend of soul-based guitar riffs coupled with call-and-response choruses garnered them immediate attention within the London mod-rock scene.

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VIBES: Hugh Holland and the Seventies SoCal Skate Scene

“The style was incredible,” says Holland. “That’s what brought me to it in the first place. I always say it’s like a ballet on concrete. I came into it being totally fascinated with capturing the point where the action reaches its peak.”He also caught the in-between times, the static of those suburban days, “boys standing around not doing anything, just waiting”.

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GO: New Mexico's Turquoise Trail

I am always searching for more destinations that I would do well to add to my never-ending travel bucket list, and Medium has proven a useful road-trip research tool as well as a fantastic lazy afternoon time-suck. This essay about New Mexico's Turquoise Trail comes to mind, as well as this piece about driving from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on State Highway 35.

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'PS I Love You'

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, as the concept is simple -- a celebration of love in all its permutations. Bro love, boss love, neighborly love, lovey-dovey mutually-exclusive love... really no relationship can be freed from Valentine's Day and it's vast, heart-eyed emoji reach. 

To support my stance, I raise you Victor Pakpour's latest short, 'PS, I Love You.' The result is one of beautiful and sunny melancholy perfectly suited to the swimming pools and liquor store parking lots of Southern California.

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VIBES: Leon Bridges

What first got me tunin' in to Texas heartthrob Leon Bridges and his swoon-worthy ballads wasn't from hearing a catchy song carried along on the wind, and it wasn't from stumbling upon a soundcloud or spotify profile, and it certainly wasn't after seeing Leon live; as he has yet to play to a Minneapolis stage. Rather, my fandom began after finding his instagram. I promptly got a sore thumb from liking nearly every photo shared by this Sam Cook-worshippin', Louisiana-tourin', pleat-front-trouser-wearin' sun-of-a-gun.

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LAND: Sacred Arizona

To anyone who has felt in person the redeeming and baptismal qualities of our beautiful deserts, to those for whom the history and well-being of our native peoples is worth respecting and honoring, and to those for whom the state of Arizona, Tonto National Forest, and the achingly beautiful landscapes of our American Southwest hold special acclaim and innate importance  -- please -- sign your name and stop Apache land grab at the hands of foreign mining company Resolution Copper.

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WEEKENDS: the Photography of Roeg Cohen

I discovered the work of Toronto-born photographer Roeg Cohen through the modern rabbit hole that is instagram. That was last month. Looking further into his portfolio of work over this last long weekend (the final dying breath of summer) I find myself waking up from dreams populated by graceful mares, doe-eyed brown-haired girls, dusty desert el camino's, road-weary wanderers, and rural cattle farms. There is an honesty to his portraiture that strips the subject of any pretense. There is no concept to 'get' - just an honest depiction of grace and elegance.

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DENIM DIARIES: Photographer Farhad Samari

This month I've been inspired by the work of photographer and denim aficionado Farhad Samari.

"Farhad was born in Iran, raised in southern California, and lives in Los Angeles. His love for photography grew out of his interest in all things creative. Farhad's intuitive style is a mixture of fine art and photojournalism.

He draws great inspiration from music, cinema, architecture, nature, painting, travel, history, beautifully designed objects, and timeless style.

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