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One Day the tortoise met the elephant, who trumpeted, “Out of my way, you weakling–I might step on you!” The tortoise was not afraid and stayed where he was, so the elephant stepped on him but could not crush him. “Do not boast, Mr. Elephant, I am as strong as you are!” said the tortoise, but the elephant just laughed. So the tortoise asked him to come to his hill the next morning, where he would prove he was as strong. The next day, before sunrise, the tortoise made its way down the hill to the river where he met…

You wouldn’t ask your professional babysitter to watch your kids for free. Neither would you ask your professional landscaper to trim your hedges for free. I always wonder why some people underestimate the work of people in the professional creative industry. I have a few friends in the music production and almost of of them have these dreadful stories of being used and abused. Shoddy terms and conditions, client’s expectations of excellent delivery for measly remuneration, and blatant underappreciation for the creative process. Let’s say a band has been asked to do an an hour long live gig at this…

As 2014 comes to a close, I reflect on the many challenges and successes that came my way and I realize that the folks whom I call friends played a significant part in shaping my year. I want to say a resounding thank you to these wonderful individuals, particularly the ones in my inner caucus who lended their ears and shoulders when I needed it the most. Thank you for encouraging and supporting me when I was cloyed with self-doubt and wanted desperately to quit. When my psyche was broken and I wanted to run away from everything and succumb…

As 2014 accelerates to a close and we prepare to herald the New Year with our many resolutions, the specter of failure and disappointment looms for many. We set out resolved and determined to accomplish many goals. I heralded the New Year with a new mantra, “Attack your day with enthusiasm.” By July, enthusiasm got bored and started attacking me instead. By October, I was hard pressed. I wouldn’t have recognized enthusiasm if it sat on my face.

The world as we know has run amok. The images of the impact of hunger, war, diseases, unemployment on the lives of people is disheartening. I know people who are unemployed, lost a loved one in Iraq, or just plain depressed with the kind of news that ripples around us. Evil, it seems is constantly looming in the dark corner—waiting to spring on people. I too, despite my sickening optimism, find myself distraught about the world’s state of affairs. But it is one thing to be distraught; it is another to be instrumental in dissipating the vortex of agony people feel…