Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain. It’s been a month since he took his own life. Another great cultural influencer gone by the way side.

His story was inspiring. His writing was entertaining, his reporting was full of color and depth and scope.

His experiences were as admirable as they were diverse. Hell, he had lunch with Obama at a lunch cafe in Vietnam [good story on that here].

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He was a chef turned writer turned foodie global travelogue guy. Great insights, good humor.

His death is sad, but also instructive. Even, and maybe especially, at the top of your game, you’re vulnerable. We are all vulnerable.

The demons are out there, and we must remain vigilant to our own care, our own well-being. Attend to it daily. Take care of yourself. First. Always. Or you won’t have anything to give.

Bourdain. Rest In Peace.

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My Country ‘Tis of Thee…

The discourse in this land is pretty rough right now. Seems that there’s more extremism, and much less willingness to compromise. And policies we would have previously not thought within the realm of reasonable are implemented to “get tough” and “act as a deterrent.” The decision a few weeks ago to separate children from parents when they come into the country under questionable circumstance is a glaring example of our society’s diminished humanity.

I side with Brene Brown’s approach:

I often think about what the United States means to me, what my impressions are, compared to my fellow Americans, and the rest of the world.

As for me I want to live in a place that offers the basics, not just to those who were born here, but to everyone who is here.

Life, liberty, justice, the pursuit of happiness, safety and security for the persecuted, and the poor, for those trying to make their lives better.

On this day we celebrate Independence Day for the United States, when we declared America a country free from British rule, I’m thinking about those early American attitudes that shaped our country. Fighting the power, striving to live the lives they want to live, striving to have compromise and tolerance and inclusiveness be the guiding themes we live by.

I’m IN.