The beautiful, historic, and unused 16th St. Train Station in Oakland CA. Once the western-most terminus of the first transcontinental railroad, the station has been sitting empty for the past 20 years.

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Laos, 2012. 

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Children playing in an alleyway in Fez, Morocco (2011). Thanks to my friend Yorda Yenenh who was my host, and who spent two years in the Peace Corps there. 

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Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnels - a regular destination for graffiti artists, urban explorers, and homeless people looking for shelter from the cold. 

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5 Reasons Why My New Years Resolution is to Be More Like a Minion


For those of you who haven’t yet seen Despicable Me 1 or 2, minions are the rambunctious little yellow creatures who help Gru (the evil protagonist) accomplish his sometimes-nefarious goals. They also happen to be the highlight of both movies. Here are a few things we can all learn from minions in 2014. 

1. They are 100% transparent to their own emotions

Minions are great at embodying exactly what they’re feeling in any given moment, whether it’s joy, sadness, or anger. They don’t bottle anything up or have any sense of shame about what they’re feeling. That’s something a lot of people (including myself) could learn from.

2. They don’t hold grudges

When conflict happens, the story we tell ourselves about the injustice or hurt that occurred can easily end up carrying more negative momentum than the conflict itself. When minions get into a fight it’s a purely in-the-moment thing. When it’s done, it’s done. Which brings us to number 3…

3. They live in the moment

Minions might spend time working towards future goals (like shrinking the moon, for example), but even in their work they exist completely for the present moment and don’t waste a single second worrying about tomorrow.

4. They are always playing

To a minion, every situation is an opportunity to play and see the silliness in life. The magic of seeing the humor in everything is that it allows you to stay fully engaged with things that are scary or hard without getting buried by them.

5. They delight in the small things

Things like goodnight kisses, the sound of bubbles in a water cooler, and bananas. Enough said.

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