I didn’t want to be the one to forget
I thought of everything I’d never regret
A little time with you is all that I get
That’s all we need because it’s all we can take


Celebrating the first day of spring by eating breakfast and enjoying a glass of iced yerba matè outside. I know the trees are bare and the air is still a bit chilly; but it sure trumps 3° temps and 10 inches of ice and snow on the ground 😃

Celebrating the first day of spring by eating breakfast and enjoying a glass of iced yerba matè outside. I know the trees are bare and the air is still a bit chilly; but it sure trumps 3° temps and 10 inches of ice and snow on the ground 😃


Cutting Down on Coffee

Lately, I have been working to phase out processed and less-healthier foods. I would say that my success rate has been about 70%. While I have been working on this, however, I have considered phasing out excess coffee consumption. I absolutely love coffee - I grind it, brew it, buy it, drink it, and drink it faithfully. I love the taste, the many ways it can be made, and the energy it gives me. Unfortunately, this can be too much energy at times. When I drink too much coffee, the caffeine accelerates my already reactive nature, leading to aggressive or hyper-emotional states. On top of its psychophysiological effects, it makes my heart beat faster than a race-horse. One time, during finals week at Temple, I had stayed up for over 36 hours running solely on caffeine. I had coffee on Sunday afternoon, a latte sunday evening, iced coffee Monday morning, hot coffee at lunch, and another iced coffee after work and before class. I felt sick and started to tremble. It was at that point that I realized I could no longer continue to drink 6 cups per day. 

Lately, however, with the start of a new semester and picking up a brand new job with long hours, I began to slip back into the vicious caffeine cycle. Wake up tired, drink coffee, go to bed wired, wake up tired, and so on. I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and I think a lot of it has to do with the excess consumption of coffee. I have decided to limit my coffee intake to one serving per day, and only before 12 PM, and in an effort to reduce my junk food intake, I am going to attempt to lay off the cream/sugar/flavors. 

Wish me luck!


"Just as when the waves lash at the shore, the rocks suffer no damage but are sculpted and eroded into beautiful shapes so our characters can be molded and our rough edges worn smooth by changes. Through weathering changes we can learn how to develop a gentle yet unshakeable composure. Our confidence in ourselves grows, and becomes so much greater that goodness and compassion begin naturally to radiate out from us and bring joy to others."

-Sogyal Rinpoche


If there is one lesson that I have learned in the past few months, it would be to remain kind and humble. It has gotten me further spiritually and socially than any instance of arrogance would.


I wonder if this was written by an incubus fan?

I wonder if this was written by an incubus fan?


I loved the naive sense of entitlement in this painting.

I loved the naive sense of entitlement in this painting.


Lentils sautéed in sesame oil and garlic. Lentils help with heart health, digestion, blood sugar, and are an excellent source of both protein and fiber.

Lentils sautéed in sesame oil and garlic. Lentils help with heart health, digestion, blood sugar, and are an excellent source of both protein and fiber.


  • Title: Average Fruit
  • Artist: Quadron
  • Album: Quadron

A gem I had the pleasure of hearing through Temple’s Hip Hop and Black Culture class. The class is taught by Philadelphia attorney Timothy Welbeck, who happens to also create music of his own. The course started with ancient African music, moving forward to negro spirituals and field calls, to western African traditions such as , to jazz, blues, and all the way to the influx of Jamaicans into New York City. You’ll even get to watch Wild Style (which is a corny, but pitifully entertaining movie). I could go on, but I would end up teaching the class myself. Before I continue to digress, I will tell you: take. this. class. You get to make your own mix tape for credit. You won’t regret it. 



Breathe.

If you feel overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

Breathe, and enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

(Leo Babauta)


Made a new furry friend while crashing at a friend’s house during the power outage. Her name is Sasha ☺️

Made a new furry friend while crashing at a friend’s house during the power outage. Her name is Sasha ☺️


When I’m around you, it’s a lot like like a lullaby sung by a murderer


The way he lets go of the guitar 😆💙