The Future

A cover of Leonard Cohen’s song ”The future”, sung by Chauncey Jacks 🙂


“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
Jack London

“I would rather…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

Janaline's world journey

Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author hints certain plot developments that perhaps will come to be later in the story. It is used to arouse the reader, viewer or listener about how the story will proceed and mentally prepare them for how it will unfold.

Exploring the magnificent city walls of Xian during our China Odyssey was definitely an amazing adventure. Here is a taste of our mist covered morning spent on one of the most famous ancient city walls in China. Xian wall is the longest, the most intact and best-preserved, and the largest in scale of the ancient defense systems in the world. This wall has a circumference of 13.74 kilometers which you can walk, bike or for the soft option take a little “golf cart” trip. 

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What Should We Do With Detroit?

James Stuckey

One of my earliest jobs after graduate school was to join the Koch Administration doing economic development.  It provided a wonderful and exciting opportunity to use the skills I had learned as a student with degKoch Times Squarerees in both psychology and business .  The chance to create employment and business opportunities, especially in distressed areas of the city, appealed to my desire to help others.  It was a challenging time, with the city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford’s famous “drop dead” attitude towards bailing the city out.  I spent twelve years working with Ed Koch while he was Mayor, the last four of which as his appointed President of the New York City Public Development Corporation (

Even after the Koch years, I’ve always felt a strong affinity to work in and with the public sector, serving on: the Municipal Water Finance Authority during the Giuliani…

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“I feel that life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. That’s the two categories. The horrible are like, I don’t know, terminal cases, you know, and blind people, crippled. I don’t know how they get through life. It’s amazing to me. And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you’re miserable, because that’s very lucky, to be miserable.”
― Woody Allen, Annie Hall

“I feel that li…