The pure joy of playing with blocks

Two days ago, I discovered a short clip of a baby building a tower out of blocks. The face of pure joy on that kid was amazing. Just look at her smile!

My daughter is now seven months old. She is starting to crawl and play around with many different toys. It is amazing to see her smile and laugh at seemingly simple and basic things. Whether it is just a toy that rattles or lifting up a toy to reveal another one, she finds joy and delight in literally everyday things.

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Scrolling through Facebook is like waiting for “Uptown Girl” on MTV in the 80s

Yesterday my best friend Jan was celebrating his 30th birthday at a local bar, which had an oldies music video party that same day. They spent the whole night playing songs from the 70s through the 90s. Inbetween conversations with other friends, I caught a glimpse of just how funky and unique the video clips were back in the day.

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How hunting for the truth inspired me to record a short audio series

About two years ago, I was absolutely obsessed with an episodic fictional podcast called Hunt the Truth. Inspired by the award-winning investigative documentary podcast Serial, Hunt the Truth followed Benjamin Giraud, a journalist in the fictional video game world of Halo. When Ben started investigating the sudden disappearance of the video game protagonist, things started to spin out of control. It was like listening to a really good audiobook set in one of your favorite fictional universes. And when it suddenly ended with a cliffhanger, I needed more.

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The line must be drawn here! This far, no further!

If I had to put together a list of the most influential people in my life, one of the men on the top of that list would be Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Although this man was the fictional captain of a 24th century starship in a TV show, his leadership style and thinking have given me a very high standard to look up to and replicate in my own life.

Here are three scenes with Picard that stuck with me.

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Learning to forgive myself before I turn 30

Today I learned, that one of the best things I could do on the eve of a new year is forgive myself for inaction in the previous year. In this short essay, I explore regret and my antidote for inaction in the year that I turn 30 years old.

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