5 Things for Summer

July 1, 2009

1. A quote:   “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken”- James Dent

2. A Photo

3. A Hockney



4. A Fact:  Cacti are real water reservoirs; their inner liquid is not pure, clear water but a thick viscous stuff, but perfectly drinkable, that saved many lives in the desert. It can be obtained easily by scratching an Opuntia or by making a hole into columnar cacti

5. A Treat:




 A Dream Deferred

By Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

A few pictures here…


Why a ballet dancer? I don’t really know. I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button a while back and one of the things that stood out most to me was the life of a ballet dancer.

Their performances are graceful, delicate, soft. Yet it takes an incredible amount of training, pain, and sweat to make their movements with such ease. Their work demands so much from their bodies and their youth. I was always curious about what it took to become a dancer and what it was like to do it as a profession. I contacted the Los Angeles Ballet Company to ask if I could talk with one of their dancers. I was lucky enough for them to refer me to Kelly.

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I stumbled upon this speech and thought it was a great piece on living your life passionately. In the picture above you can see a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s excitement in their early years.

Here is the 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech in its entirety:

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

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April 14, 2009


“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only passion of life”

– Federico Fellini

For first issue of The Experience Gallery we chose the theme Passion because we wanted to meet people passionate in some way in their lives. We talked to chefs, humanitarians, activists, dancers, professors on what they were passionate about in their lives.

What is passion to you?

Is it being able to take a jump off the deep end just on a feeling alone?


Is it feeling so strongly about something you want to remember it forever?


Is it the unspoken longing for someone or something else?



Find out what these 8 individuals are passionate about in their lives:

Kevin Break, Kristy Choo, Neal Fraser, Tom Boellstorf, Issa Sharp, Kelly Sloan, Erin Rank, Tina Park

The Experience Gallery