Tuesday, August 12, 2008

rise #2


Two quick housekeeping items:
  • I was alerted that in issue #1 I forgot to give a shout out to Germany, so that makes recipients in 6 countries

  • Numerous people asked why the newsletter is called ‘rise’, my thought was that it sounds cool and could be used in many contexts, e.g. rise up to your potential, rise up against hatred & oppression or even just a sunrise (a new beginning).
“You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise.” – Maya Angelou

Green tip: Become a vegetarian/‘flexitarian’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexitarian). Changing to a vegetarian diet from one rich in red meat will save as much energy as changing your car from a Chevy Suburban to a Toyota Prius (not to mention the immense health benefits)

Life tip: Touch someone’s life everyday – call/email a loved one just to let them know you were thinking about them, volunteer, spend time with a friend who’s lonely, hug someone – remember that a small effort can have a big impact

Cool website/article: http://goodreads.com/ – connect with friends, share book recommendations

“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints” – Wilfred Peterson

“And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

And for our first reader contribution (which is a minor, though exciting milestone), check out the attached pic that my buddy Andy took when he was in Rome.