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Hello, I’m Alec.

Through the promotion of kindness, empathy, and mindful living, I hope to aid in the mass improvement of mental health. This is my website.

Recent posts:

A Simple yet Effective Formula

The store is hot and crowed; my scarf feels like a python slowly strangling the life out of me; and this basket is so heavy, I feel like my shoulder is being pulled from its joint. Finally, we’re at the register—but on this particular day, of course, they won’t accept my particular form of ID.…

Keep the Noise Down

Sitting in my favorite cafe in Stockholm, I read and drink coffee as people come in and out and swirl around me. Some days, after I’ve finished—if I have truly been tuned in to my experience—when I get up and walk out the door, for a split second, I’m surprised by where I am. It’s…

There Is a Way

The 101 North is something very different in Western Washington than it is in Southern California. Up here, there’s only traffic if you make it, by going above or below the modest posted speed limits. It is, I will say, a pleasant drive. Especially when Bodhi (my ’93 Jeep Cherokee XJ) is rumbling along this…

Quotes I’m trying not to forget:

“This means, in practice, that there’s only one vocation. Whether you teach or live in the cloister or nurse the sick, whether you are in religion or out of it, married or single, no matter who you are or what you are, you are called to the summit of perfection: you are called to a deep interior life perhaps even to mystical prayer, and to pass the fruits of your contemplation on to others. And if you cannot do so by word, then by example.”

— Thomas Merton

“Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than a minority of them—never become even conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?”

— C.S. Lewis

Podcast I’m enjoying:

Book I’m currently reading:

Title: Conversations with God: Book 1

Author: Neale Donald Walsch

Genre: Nonfiction

Published: 1995


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