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Shuffling The Deck

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:58:55 PST


It is that time of year again...A period to reflect and process the year that has been completed and look forward to create vision to propel us towards a fulfilling 2012. I offer these questions as a vehicle to revisit 2011 and create a road map for your travels in 2012.

Completing This Year -2011

What was my biggest triumph?

What was the smartest decision I made?

What one word best sums up the year?

What was the greatest lesson I learned?

What was the most loving service I performed?

What is my biggest piece of unfinished business?

What am I most happy about completing?

Who were the 3 people that had the greatest impact on me this year?

What was the biggest risk I took?

What was my biggest surprise?

What important relationship improved the most?

What compliment would I have liked to receive?

What do I need to say or do to be complete about the year?


What would I like my biggest triumph to be in the coming year?

What advice would I like to give myself?

What are my financial aims to the year to come?

What am I most committed to completing?

What major indulgence am I willing to experience?

What would I most like to transform within myself?

What am I looking forward to learning?

What risks will I be willing to take?

What is an undeveloped talent I am willing to explore?

What brings me the most joy?

How will I experience that in the coming year?

Who or what am I committed to loving and serving?

What word will I have as my theme in the upcoming year?


The Flinch...

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 12:20:59 PST

When Fear and Courage meet in the boxing ring for a fight, sadly Fear tends to dominate.

Smith does a nice job explaining why and how to turn the tides with "the flinch"

Download the free ebook here:


Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:01:56 PDT

In a world of instant everything our attention span and patience levels are continuing to dissipate. We are constantly racing from one thing to another so much so that mult-tasking has become a norm as there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. It is clear that speeds stock has risen and time is one of our most precious resources. Life now more than ever seems like race…but where is the finish line? If we get there will we be happy with who & where we are? I was reminded of this when training and running my 1st marathon. In a literal race it is natural to want to finish as fast as possible. I recall runners constantly asking me: What’s your time goal? I was clear that my goal was to finish and slow and steady would be the way. I had to reorient myself to not worry about my time, people passing me or allow any negative competitive energy enter into my thoughts, more important was how I felt. Essentially it was about running my own race. This rings true not only in my running but also how I approach life. The “race” of life is personal. Run your own race, not one that is imposed on you by deceptive external elements. Many people I spoke to who had run marathons told me stories of how painful the experience was. Personally, I really enjoyed my experience and was able to get into a flow state. It didn’t hurt that the course was predominately along the beautiful coast of Maui.Marathon running like most things in life is a mental game. Whether you think you can or you think you cant you are right. In the highly recommended book Born to Run, the author talks about the 1 consistent element of the vast majority of world class runners…they smile while running. You should have seen me race day I had a grin from ear to ear... Run your own race AND enjoy the process, if not what’s the point?[...]

Buenos Aires Bound

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:28:33 PDT

John Lennon once said "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans".

Long story short the tides have turned and are sending me in another direction....

I am moving to Buenos Aires in July.

Around 3 years ago my cousin Chris, brother and I took a trip to BA and loved it. Chris loved it so much he returned to the US settled his affairs, promptly returned and has been living there ever since. It will be nice to spend more time with him and enjoy the "GOOD AIR"....


Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:27:53 PDT

On the same day a few weeks ago my 30 year old cousin Kelly passed away and her brother & wife welcomed into the world a new baby boy, Nathaniel. It also happened to be my grandmothers birthday.

This weekend we will celebrate both of the life of Kelly & formally bless & welcome Nathaniel into the world.

This is a wonderful poem that I am dedicating to Kelly:

Do not stand at my grave a weep

For I am not there

I do not sleep

I am a thousand winds that blow

I am the diamonds glint on snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain

I am the gentle autumn’s rain

In the soft bush of the morning light

I am the swift bird in flight

Don’t stand at my grave and cry

I am not there

I did not die

-unknown Native American author


My charity of choice

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:16:28 PDT


If you want to support me as I run my 1st marathon in September and the education of children around the world please click on the link below to read more about E-learning for Kids and make a tax deductible donation.

Thanks for your support!


Tue, 07 Jun 2011 06:23:38 PDT

I have had running a marathon on my bucket list for awhile now...I figured before my body deteriorates anymore I should DO IT!!!

Now this is no easy feat so I decided to be strategic about making sure I accomplish this challenging goal.

1. I picked a picturesque location (Maui) and promised myself a vacation there afterwards
2. I booked the flight and registered 6 months in advance to make sure I wouldn't back out
3. I am running for a cause. I am making this achievement about more than me, its about helping others. When I am on mile 24 with 2 more to go and I consider quitting I will remember that I would be letting down the people I am raising money to support
4. I am broadcasting my goal here and telling everyone in my extended network, which will enhance my accountability
5. I am tracking my training both from a distance perspective and writing about the experience.

With all these strategies in place I am confident I will cross the finish line on September 17.


Sun, 22 May 2011 08:17:48 PDT

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Oaxacan Wonderland

Thu, 19 May 2011 08:08:48 PDT

(image) I recently made my 1st trip to the Oaxaca City. As I was leaving I knew a return visit was imminent.

The city overflows with culture.... a flood of art, food & drink, architecture, music, dance and so much more swept me up on an intoxicating ride... like a child at an amusement park I want to do it again.

There are treats sprinkled all over the city and its surroundings....Here are some of my favs from my visit

Trip to Matalan, The heartland of Mezcal and visiting the haciendas and tasting various mezcals the tranditional way with a chaser of orange slices sprinkle with spicey worm salt.

Participating in a Temezcal which is similiar to the native american sweet lodge:

Stay in two wonderful places; The camino real which once upon a time was a convent and a b&b called las bugambilias: a wonderful oaxacan vibe and excellent service.

The Food!!!! Words cannot describe this culinary treats that are available. It is "the land of 7 (image) moles" which is a sauce that includes 32 spices including chocolate, chapulines aka grasshoppers which are a popular treat, clayudas, a thin, crispy tortilla, spread with "special pork fat", black bean paste and sprinkled with cilantro, onions and crumbled Mexican cheese, then topped with various meats and so much more!!! From the food mercados to fine dining Oaxaca food scene is diverse and delicious.

Of all my travels throughout Mexico to pueblas, Oaxaca City sits proudly at the head of the table. It is a must for any avid traveler.

Return to India

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:55:04 PDT

It has been over 2 years since I left India and when I day dream about my time there I still smile in wonder.This article does a fantastic job of painting an accurate picture of life there as an expat.Living in India is like having an intense but insane affair, writes expat Catherine Taylor, as I waved my high heel in the face of a bewildered taxi driver, I thought suddenly: I am absolutely nuts in India. It's a thought I have often. Someone or something is always going nuts, and quite often it's me.I was trying to get a taxi driver to take me home, a mere 500 metres away, but it was pouring with rain and my shoes were oh-so-high, and it was late. He, of course, was having none of it; no amount of shoe-waving and sad-facing from a wild-haired firangi was changing his mind, when suddenly I remembered the magic trick - pay more than you should. "Arre, bhai sahab, 50 rupees to Altamount Road? Please?" And off we went.I have lived in Mumbai for almost three years. It was my choice to come - I wanted offshore experience in my media career and India was the only country looking to hire - and I wanted a change. I needed something new, exciting, thrilling, terrifying. And India gave that to me in spades. In fact, she turned it all the way up to 11. And then she turned it up a little more. To outsiders, living in India has a particular kind of glamour attached to it, a special sparkle that sees people crowding around me at parties. "You live in India? My God, really? I could never do that. What's it like?" The closest I have come to answering that question is that it's like being in a very intense, extremely dysfunctional relationship. India and I fight, we scream, we argue, we don't speak for days on end, but really, deep down, we love each other. She's a strange beast, this India. She hugs me, so tightly sometimes that I can't breathe, then she turns and punches me hard in the face, leaving me stunned. Then she hugs me again, and suddenly I know everything will be all right.She wonders why I don't just "know" how things are done, why I argue with her about everything, why I judge, why I rail at injustice and then do nothing about it. She wonders how old I am, how much I earn, why I'm not married. (The poor census man looked at me, stunned, then asked in a faltering voice, "But madam, if you're not married then… who is the head of your household?") I wonder how she can stand by when small children are begging on corners, how she can let people foul up the streets so much that they are impossible to walk along, how she can allow such corruption, such injustice, such A LOT OF HONKING.But she has taught me things. She has taught me to be brave, bold, independent, sometimes even fierce and terrifying. She has taught me to walk in another man's chappals, and ask questions a different way when at first the answer is no. She has taught me to accept the things I cannot change. She has taught me that there are always, always, two sides to every argument. And she was kind enough to let me come and stay.She didn't make it easy though (but then, why should she?). The Foreigner Regional Registration Office, banks, mobile phone companies and rental agencies are drowning under piles of carbon paper, photocopies of passports (I always carry a minimum of three) and the soggy tissues of foreigners who fall to pieces in the face of maddening bureaucracy. What costs you 50 rupees one day might be 500 rupees the next, and nobody will tell you why. What you didn't need to bring yesterday, you suddenly need to bring today. Your signature doesn't look like your signature. And no, we can't help you. Come back tomorrow and see.It's not easy being here, although I am spoiled by a maid who cooks for me, and a deliv[...]

From A Proud Nephew

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:05:35 PST

Today my uncle Roger was inducted into the political consultants hall of fame by the American Association of Political Consultants in Washington, DC. I am proud of his accomplishments and to be honest surprised by many of them which is a testament to his humble nature. Roger M. Craver David Broder called him "a bomb thrower"... The Wall Street Journal claimed he was the "assassin" of all things right wing.Many of the household names in progressive politics and movement advocacy were launched and built under his guidance: the first organization, Common Cause, in 1969, and then the National Organization for Women, Greenpeace, Amnesty, NARAL, Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense and dozens of others.Older organizations were relaunched by him: the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood and The Wilderness Society. In the fray of Watergate, he won a place on Nixon,s enemys list for his work exposing the brown bag contributions to CREEP, the Committee to Re-elect the President.Roger, whose Washington watchword is "no permanent friends, no permanent enemies", designed and built the direct mail programs for the DNC, the DSCC and the DCCC. Despite these lucrative contracts, he shocked the consulting community by resigning from these accounts as a matter of principle. He left the DNC in 1986 over a disagreement with the lobbying practices of its leadership. In 1987, he left the DCCC over Jim Wright,s ethics challenges involving a book deal, and in 1992, he walked away from the DSCC over its leadership,s hesitancy to support Anita Hill and stand up against Clarence Thomas, nomination.Roger and his firm, Craver, Mathews, Smith & Company, raised record amounts of money in the late ,70s for key Democratic candidates � Frank Church, George McGovern, Birch Bayh, John Culver. In 1976, he raised record amounts for the presidential campaign of Mo Udall and again in 1980 for Ted Kennedy,s and John Anderson,s presidential races.In 1987, Roger and Republican consultant Doug Bailey founded The Hotline – today the preeminent daily online presence on American politics. The Hotline counts among many alumni Chuck Todd, currently the political director of NBC News.A pioneer who wont quit, Roger founded Public Interest Communications, the first large telemarketing firm for advocacy and progressive politics, in 1975, then The Hotline in 1987. Then, in 1995, he founded New Media Publishing, the first Internet company to build websites and update them daily for clients such as WWF International, the International Red Cross, UNICEF and the Feminist Majority, along with 25 other organizations.Today, Roger is the founder of DonorTrends, a company providing fundraising intelligence, predictive models and market research to the nonprofit and political communities. diMobile is his latest company, building mobile engagement applications for the next generation of activists and hell-raisers.Roger publishes the daily blog, is a summa cum laude graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and holds a summa cum laude JD from GW,s National Law Center. Today, he is working on the organization that will elect our next president, Americans Elect Powered by Grassroots Enterprise AAPC — The American Association of Political Consultants[...]


Sun, 06 Mar 2011 11:08:56 PST

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En Mis Manos..

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:47:14 PST


I held peace, purity and possibility.

There is nothing like holding a newborn baby...

1st Stop In The New World

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:41:03 PST

If you are interested in learning about Mexico City through its people and great stories, look no further. David Liga, an expat living in the DF for more than 20 years does a realistic and vivid job of helping the reader peel back the layers and get a peak into what makes this city such a fascinating place.

Monarch Mariposas

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:26:16 PST

Normally when you see one or two butterflies it is a cool experience. They are such beautiful creatures and a symbol of transformation for many. Imagine being surrounded by thousands of th(image) em! This past weekend I was fortunate to go to a butterfly sanctuary where millions of the monarch butterflies migrate every year. We road horses up into the forest and there they were all nestled in the trees. There were so many that you could hear the sound of their collective wings flapping. Once the sun broke through the trees they started to fly around. It was one of the most naturally beautiful things I have ever seen. Breathtaking....

On the way out of the sanctuary we noticed there were police ushering traffic slowly down the
ro(image) ad. We assumed there was an accident. It turns out that there were so many butterflies flying around that cars had to drive super slow to not kill them. I stuck my head up the cars sunroof and soaked up the surreal experience. Thousands of butterflies flew around me and all I could do was smile and laugh at this unbelievable spectacle.

You really have to see this yourself to fully comprehend how incredible it is, however this video does a good job of giving an idea of the experience title="YouTube video player" class="youtube-player" type="text/html" src="" allowfullscreen="" width="640" frameborder="0" height="390">


Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:25:20 PST

With joy flowing from my fingertips I am pleased to share that Max entered the world last night, January 16th @ 10:04 pm MST. He weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz and measures 20 inches.Welcome to the world dearest Maxwell, Uncle Josh.

On the road...

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:35:24 PST

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad;
and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.

-John O'Donohue

Less is More

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:10:58 PST

(image) Many relationships in my life have changed this year. One in particular was my relationship to stuff. Backpacking through Latin America the year before taught me great lessons about how much we really need to get by.

I learned less is more and simplicity is a pillar of happiness.

However, over the years I had accumulated many things. Part of this was due to the fact when I moved twice in the past I put things in storage and vowed to return and claim my precious keepsakes.

That time came this year in a serendipitous fashion....My things from two different chapters of my life all collided in my cozy loft. The places I have lived in the past had been about 3 times the size so imagine only having space for 1/6 of your stuff. Saying that I was overwhelmed when the movers unloaded all the boxes is a serious understatement. The process of sifting through my things was draining. Everything had emotional triggers. Pictures, Books, Handicrafts, Letters, Clothing, CD's and so on...

I avoided the process for a few days and then slowly began to decide what to keep and what to let go of. As the process progressed it became easier and easier. In fact about half way through I found the emotional weight of things I thought I wanted to keep was gone. I ended up giving away or selling 70% of my belongings.

At the end of the process I felt incredibly light and liberated.

Playas de Mexico

Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:20:54 PST

This year I have been fortunate to visit many of the beaches of Mexico. Here is a little summary of my experiences and suggestions in ranked order.

1. Playa de Carmen & Tulum, Rivera Maya- The most physically beautiful beaches I have been to in Mexico. The white sand beach and azure water make it a great place to relax.


2. Sayulita & Litibu (Cerca de Puerto Vallerta) - This area is low-key, has a bohemian vibe and has decent waves for surfing. My favorite for atmosphere.


3. Beach camping (Between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo)- Nothing beats the waves rocking you to sleep and waking up to the sunrise in solitude. There are various areas to camp on the beach all around the Mexican coast and I highly recommend giving it a try.


4. Acapulco - I visited the area 4 times this year and each experience was very different. Since it is around a 4hr drive from the DF it is always an attractive option. Acapulco has a diverse range of choices from romantic hotels like Las Brisas to huge villas you can rent for party weekends.


#1 Mexican Beach on my list for next year to explore is Puerto Escondido.

The Secret Power of Time

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 21:20:37 PDT

Great use of creative drawing which engages the audience and reinforces an important message.

DF Video DOC!

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:56:42 PDT


World Domination

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:14:34 PDT

One of my favorite bloggers these days is a fellow by the name of Chris. He writes about the art of non-conformity and finding meaning in your life.

Here is a link to his guide on world domination which I encourage you to read:


Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:07:40 PDT

Here is a good article on the neighborhood I call home here in Mexico City:,_eclectico_in_the_city.htm


Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:33:47 PDT

34 Little Ways to Share With the World Posted: 05 Apr 2010 02:43 PM PDT Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. As kids, we’re taught that sharing is good, and yet competition is what is really drilled into us. We compete for profits, positions in a corporation, status symbols, space. We’re tearing each other down instead of building each other up. A culture of sharing has always existed, from the earliest tribal times, and it’s seeing a resurgence on the Internet these days. This is a good thing. I’ve written many times before about helping others, developing an attitude of giving and compassion, and having faith in humanity. As have many others. But now we’re going to look at where the rubber meets the road: how you can start sharing today. Build communities, beautiful public spaces, stop thinking about private property and how you can build fences, and start thinking about ways to use common resources to reduce wastefulness and to start tearing down those fences. Here are some ideas to get you started: Help an entrepreneur with a Kiva donation.Volunteer your services with a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity organization.Donate money, food, or others goods to charity.Bake cookies or brownies and share with a neighbor.Put your favorite recipes on a blog and share with the world.Volunteer your expertise (whatever it is) to the world, and give those services to anyone who needs them.Give step-by-step instructions for doing something valuable you know how to do, online, for all to read.Give your books away to friends or charities.Start a community garden in your neighborhood, or contribute to an existing one.Start a CSA, or become a member of one that exists.Become a member of Freecycle, and participate.Join or form, and participate in a cooperative (food, bikes, books, housing, more).Give people a ride in your car. Carpool.Let strangers use your car when you don’t need it.Hold potlucks every week, rotating among friends/family.Look into co-housing.If you own copyrighted work, uncopyright it.Perform random acts of kindness.When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward instead.Contribute code to Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS).Donate money to a small programmer who has created FOSS, or buy shareware.Clean up a park near you.Sign up, participate, and contribute to bike sharing, car sharing, and other sharing organizations.Help transform streets back into public spaces meant to be shared by everyone. (more)If you’re in southern California, check out Neighborgoods.Borrow and lend things in your neighborhood by using Share Some Sugar.Barter via Craigslist. Or try u-exchange, trashbank, care to trade, trade a favor, or joe barter.Share your tips with others online or through a free ebook.Create great software and give it to the world for free.Smile. Be compassionate in all human transactions.Invest in a friend who wants to start her own business. Don’t ask for the money back for at least a few years.Make things, and give them to people.Read to the blind, help the elderly, assist those with disabilities.Start or contribute to a tool-lending library in your neighborhood. This list is only to get you started. The ways you can share and make this world a better place, today, is limited only by your imagination. Post inspired by Sharable, an amazing amazing site.[...]


Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:35:10 PST

When you think of Mexico what comes to mind??? In most peoples 5 top associations you would probably find tequila. Drinking tequila is sort of a national pastime here. The people are proud of tequila and rightfully so. Tequila drinking in Mexico is much different that what you find in the US of A. People drink it much like a scotch or fine wine. They smell, sip, swirl, savor and appreciate it. Where as in the US stereotypically we take shots of it. I must confess I am no where near a tequila aficionado and to be honest I have found sipping tequila very tough based its high alcohol level. However I have decided to try an acquire the taste and pleasantries that apparently go along with it.

Now when I heard that there was actually town called tequila here in Mexico I was flabbergasted, in a good way...Think about it...There is not a town called vodka or vino or any other major spirit (that I am aware of). This my friends is a special opportunity which I was eager to take advantage of. I heard somewhere that luck is the crossroads of preparation and opportunity. I was prepared and the opportunity presented itself.

So off I went to tequila on a train poetically named the "tequila express". On the way there we were serenaded my mariachi's and offered (of course) tequila to drink. Tequila is a magical town where one can explore the tequila factories and haciendas learning and tasting along the way. The experience is very similar to that of visiting a winery. After this experience I appreciate tequila much more and will continue the process of trying to acquire a fondness for it.