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Life Travel

The Traveler’s Manifesto

Whether you want to venture abroad for a month or a lifetime, it’s never been easier to pack your bags and go. These are the rules to live by: Rule #1: Don’t Buy Things When you own nothing, you’re free to do anything. Start by selling your stuff. Definitely sell your car. A traveler can […]

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Life Travel

Singing to Little Girls in Albanian Markets

There’s a corner market about 50 meters from the guesthouse where I’m staying in Saranda, Albania. Only it’s not really a market—just a little shop in a family’s house and when you ring the bell they come and let you in. I’m waiting outside for them to come and there’s a mother waiting with her […]

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Life Travel

Mastering the Art of Slow Travel

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of […]

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Life Travel

Thanksgiving in Albania

Thanksgiving is a pretty big holiday in my family. We’re a far-flung group, but most people make their way back to the family vineyard in Missouri to eat, drink, and catch up on things. I’m usually absent. Before it was a hectic work schedule. Now it’s travel. This year I’m celebrating Thanksgiving in Saranda, Albania. […]

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Life Passion

Ildar Gainutdinov on Following Your Passion

We should do what we want, and not make our choices based on what some people, or situations, or circumstances dictate. — Ildar Gainutdinov At 15 years old, Russian dancer Ildar Gainutdinov took first place in the Ukrainian edition of So You Think You Can Dance. Just days ago, the now 18 year old rising […]

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Life Money

Your Smartphone Is Killing You

Not long ago, people lived without smartphones. We met our friends at the local mall or park. We made eye contact when we talked to each other. And we weren’t worried about what everyone else was doing. Now we walk around with computers in our pockets more powerful than the ones NASA had twenty years […]

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Life Passion Writing

What to Do When You Want to Do Everything

Don’t throw any of yourself away. Don’t worry about a grand scheme or unified vision for your work. Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day you’ll look back and it will all make sense. ― Austin Kleon It’s a crippling feeling. You know you could accomplish […]