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It really baffles me how clueless you are!  So you got in a car wreck.  Did you really expect that him, of all people, would reach out and ask if you were okay?  I mean come on!  When are you going to get it through your thick fucking skull that the two of you are not friends?  Really, you never were!  It was all fake; a facade of lies and deceit.  The sooner you realize that and come to terms with it, the better off we will all be.

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I stand in awe of your beauty
From your rolling hills and flatlands
To your painted deserts and mountains
I am left speechless
The allure of a bird’s call
The serenity of a stream’s song
The way the light plays on your canyon walls
The history in your hills
The anger in your storms
All speak to my heart; to my core
And restore my soul

7/13/13
Flagstaff, AZ

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Last weekend I went to see the movie World War Z.  After reading the book, I was skeptical it would be any good seeing as how the premise of the movie surrounded one man and the premise of the book surrounded interviews with various people around the world; never repeating a character.


But once I found out that Damon Lindelof wrote the second half of the script (two things: for those of you that know me, you know I have a slight obsession with Damon since my LOSTie days and the movie was so bad after the original shooting that they had Damon come in, rewrite and the reshot the second half of the film…yet another reason I was skeptical), I knew I had to see it.  Even if just to support his work.

So the first half of the movie follows certain aspects of the book loosely.  You can see the inspiration, but that is where it starts and stops.  Where Damon takes over to make the story his own is quite evident; it’s when the movie gets REALLY good.

Yeah.  There.  I said it.  The movie World War Z is a good movie.  It’s suspenseful, and shocking at times.  The zombies are a bit much with their superhuman abilities (come on, their zombies not super heroes), but the overall story is strong.  I think I may have actually enjoyed watching the movie more than reading the book; a rarity for me.

But then again, the movie is only LOOSELY based on the book, so I’m not sure I should even compare the two.  In all honesty, the movie should have had a different title and said in the credits “Inspired by the Mel Brooks book World War Z.”

If you, like me, have read the book and are hesitant to see the movie, I say go.  But don’t go expecting the book.  Go expecting to see a decent zombie movie.

If you haven’t read the book, then I ask: Why haven’t you gone to see the movie yet?

In closing, it’s a decent summer movie filled with good actors, written by amazing writers, with some “cheese” added in in the form of zombies.

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I have used my fair share of sick days this year. In the last six months, I’ve gotten strep throat three times. Calling in sick and not being able to work from home was incredibly hard for me.
I don’t understand how people can just call in sick because they are too hung over (you did know you had to work the next day!), or because they dropped a soda bottle on their foot the night before. Or better yet, because they just don’t feel like coming in.
What is this world coming to? People do this all the time. And it effects everyone they work with. Because if you’re not doing your work, other people have to.
Use your sick days for SICK DAYS. Not as an excuse to shirk responsibility.

Disclaimer: While this post is ABSOLUTELY about a specific person, it is not about anyone I work with, anyone who works for my company, or a person I am friends with. It is simply a person who has zero work ethic, complete disregard for other people and only cares about themselves.

That concludes my venting for the day.

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You really thought he would buy you a present or give you a birthday card?

I am finding out more and more each day just how delusional people are these days. Or just straight up crazy. Possibly the world is turning into a group of sociopaths who frankly, just don’t give a damn.

It’s disturbing. Especially when you treat someone like shit, expect them to be nice to you to save face, and then treat them like shit because you didn’t get what you want.

Grow up!

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xambassadors:

Hear a clip of “Unconsolable” here, and download the track for free at http://promo.interscope.com/xambassadors/e4m/

Download this song!
You’re welcome.

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Sometimes the thing we want most isn’t what is best for us.
Sometimes doing what is best for us is the hardest thing to do in life.
Sometimes the life we saw for ourselves is only found in our imaginations.

Letting go of false hopes, not hope in general, but false hopes, can open the door to all that life has to offer.  Let go of the fantasy, live in the now, and love with all of your heart.

***This was from a few months ago; January actually.  It got stuck in my drafts for some reason.  But it’s worth sharing.*** -Micha

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twloha:

“The Dress Looks Nice on You”
Sufjan Stevens

“I can see a lot of bright in you, and I think the dress looks nice on you.”

I’ve fallen asleep to this song many times. It’s short, soft, and profound, while only repeating a few lines. When I hear the lyrics above, two thoughts come to mind.

The first is that I feel we too often hide our lack of confidence behind words like “humility” and “modesty” to keep ourselves grounded to the earth. We don’t allow ourselves to believe that we look beautiful, or bright, or worthy of everything that we are. We don’t try—because it’s easier to put ourselves down and wait to hear others tell us what we’re capable of than to actually do or risk anything. We forget that we hold inside of us untold beauty and worth.

On the other side, we also forget just how much of an impact words can have. It reminds me of the power of speaking love and encouragement. Many times, I go about my day not vocalizing the thoughts in my head, thinking praise of someone but never actually telling them so they can hear how much value they have.

What if we believed what is true about ourselves, and weren’t hesitant to say what is true about others?

“I can see a lot of life in you.”

My junior year of college, a good friend and mentor of mine gave me A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. I’ve never had anything change my life quite so much as that book. Suddenly I was aware of the concept of “story.” I was aware of what I was putting into my story and how I could speak love into others’ stories.

Too often, we allow ourselves to believe the little voice that says we were made for mediocrity and our lives don’t need to hold meaning. We think life is about studying hard, getting enough sleep, and not eating more than the recommended serving size of four Thin Mints. We go through life listlessly because nothing we do seems memorable. And in this, we forget what we are made for.

We are made for weddings and running barefoot through sunbeams and grass. We are made for stomping in puddles, watching sunrises, and long talks that last deep into the night. We are meant for adventures and for living stories with purpose.

We are destined for the kind of full life that others can’t help but see within us.

“It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage. I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.” —Annie Dillard

—Jacob

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I found love
Sealed in a bottle
Hidden away in the
Depths of your heart
Afraid to share it
To crack the seal
Scared of exactly
What that could mean
Trauma revealed
Your soft underbelly
And the bottle you
Kept locked up so secure
-Micha Peery 2/23/13

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I am so super excited to be helping to promote this play!  It’s going to be amazing!!!

Previews start March 19th at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.  Purchase your tickets at http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/tickets/2013/The-Nether/

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A big day at CTG:  the creative team for The Nether for the first day of rehearsal in rehearsal room A at the Annex.

All photos by Craig Schwartz.

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Shooting in the Dark: Do violent games create violent people?

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Short-term, maybe, but “the proliferation of violent video games has not coincided with spikes in youth violent crime”

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Sometimes the thing we want most isn’t what is best for us.
Sometimes doing what is best for us is the hardest thing to do in life.
Sometimes the life we saw for ourselves is only found in our imaginations.

Letting go of false hopes, not hope in general, but false hopes, can open the door to all that life has to offer.  Let go of the fantasy, live in the now, and love with all of your heart.

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Yup!  I’m right there with ya sister.

fearsvsdreams:

Fear: Losing new found hope. | Dream: Being good enough for myself.

(via twloha)

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Real or Not Real.Normal or Abnormal: The Other Girl

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How does it feel to know you are the other girl?
His mistake?
His broken promises?
His regret?

That’s all you will ever be….to anyone.

I never thought you were stupid. You knew exactly what you were doing. I thought you were a coward. You ran and hid like the whore you are when reality…

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