Past & Present / Physical Appearances.

The Birth of Venus Sandro Botticelli, 1848 - 46. It's strange to revisit some parts of my past, because I try to close and then lock the doors completely shut. I tend to run away a lot. Two days ago, a friend of mine reminded me via phone call to send him some tips to…

Hanging by the Thread of Silence.

The Glass of Beer (Portrait of the Poet Sabartes) Pablo Picasso, 1901 - 2. There are instances when silence slits and slashes better than a sharpened knife. This is not one of those times. The current case is simple: my words are as scrambled as the fleeting clouds; my thoughts are erratically stabilized. I wish…

Achievements: Expectations vs. Reality and Dealing with Initial Fear, Imagination & Potential Disappointment

Automat Edward Hopper, 1927. Note: Oh goodness, this is the wordiest title I've ever written for just about anything (including research papers for my psychology classes), but it's relevant - I swear. I've managed to complete a goal that I labeled as impossible for the past five years. I ran my first half marathon (21.0975 kilometers /…

(Dis)honesty: Intentions & (In)significance.

The Last Supper Leonardo da Vinci, 1495 - 1496. The gist of The Last Supper was that Jesus invited his twelve disciples for dinner on the first day of Passover. He stated that one of the disciples will soon betray him; one by one, all of them denied his claim (including Judas). We all know what…

Dancing with Commitment.

The Star Edgar Degas, 1878. To say that I was chubby as a child would be a kind stretch. One of my favorite pastimes was eating. I liked peering inside the refrigerator door a lot more than watching television. To be fair, I really didn't like watching TV as a kid. Not even the cartoons. That…