“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

“If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.” — Meister Eckhart

“For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha

“Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.”-Kahlil Gibran

“Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.” -Grenville Keiser

May is Masturbation Month!

This was too good not to reblog

Sexually Oriented

Ladies and gentlemen! You have one day to catch up if you haven’t yet been celebrating National Masturbation Month this May!

There are so many things I love about this, it’s not even funny. I love the reasons it exists. I love that U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders supported masturbation and wasn’t afraid to say it out loud. I love that because she was forced to retire, Good Vibrations got behind her and supported it as an important aspect of health.

I love the message:

It is! Free! Safe! Healthy!

I also feel really quite strongly that masturbation is really important for developing a healthy sexuality. I think it’s especially important for young women to have experience masturbating before they are heavily involved in a sexual relationship with a partner. It’s basically accepted that boys masturbate because, well, it’s just hanging there, so it’s kind of obvious. We learn…

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Pins & Needles

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The waiting is killing me.

I had a job interview yesterday and came to realise, it was one of the few times I was really nervous and that it meant alot to me whether or not I was successsful.

Being overqualified for things, you get used to people seeing your education, know you probably won’t be there long but that they’re getting a bargain.

Now I’m playing with people who have at least as much education as me and in the right background and now it’s getting scary. There’s a lot of things I still don’t know.

2 years ago, I left my job as a journalist to discover what it was I really wanted to be in life.

Pay cut aside, it’s the best decision I ever made.

I’m about to go back to my previous income (which is important since my wife is not confident with full time work right now) but in a job that I love, that fulfills me and makes me feel like I’m doing something important with my life by helping others.

Back to waiting…impatiently.

Obituary for Felix

Felix J. Monkersen, aka my Samsung flip phone
December 2007-May 27 2012
Age 4 years, 5 months
In the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Died of age related complications

Felix made many of these in his lifetime, he was good at it.

Felix was made in a warehouse in China probably some time in early 2007. He was diligently assembled and packaged and brought into my life in December of that year, when I really needed a phone for work.

I bought him in a new technology store after admiring him from afar for about a month.

He grew up in my loving care, took many photos, shared gossip and text messages about thousands of exciting adventures and the early dating of my wife. He was instrumental in our initial long distance relationship.

While he didn’t attend school, he did attend many workshops, jobs and volunteer opportunities and was reliable until the last few months when I could see he was not well.

This is a facsimile of Felix

Outside of travelling to Canada from the country of his birth, Felix travelled to New York, Newfoundland, Vancouver and beyond over his short years as my phone.

His main jobs and hobbies included, relaxing in my jacket pockets, being dropped on pavement, hiding beneath furniture, waking me up in the morning and giving me messages from my various bosses and potential job interviews.

He is pre-deceased by Max, our beloved Labrador retriever and leaves behind his loving moms, monkiss and wife, B.

Donations to the new smartphone fund graciously accepted in lieu of flowers.

Felix would’ve wanted it that way.

Felix J Monkerson will be laid to rest at a cellphone recycling box an electronics store, date and time to be announced.

Rest in Peace my faithful friend.