7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life

Thought Catalog

1. You will meet amazing people.

While traveling with friends or a significant other can be a lot of fun, traveling solo for a certain amount of time can prove to be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do because of the great people you’ll meet.

When we travel with friends or a partner, we tend to stick to that little group of familiar faces and even though you’ll meet new people, the dynamics and interactions won’t be as deep and fulfilling. While you’re on your own on the road, you’re much more eager to meet travel buddies, team up with other travelers and generally reach out more in order to socialize.

2. The overwhelming sense of absolute freedom.

When you travel on your own and you start meeting people and making awesome friends, you’ll probably team up with travel buddies and end…

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Monogamy is unnatural

The Matt Walsh Blog

Monogamous marriages are unnatural. On this, I agree with the emailer below.

Now, behold these enlightening thoughts that I found in my inbox this morning:

Greetings Mr. Walsh,

I am a college professor, author, and researcher. It was obvious to me before you ever stated it that you are a man of little education and limited intelligence. Still, I commend your newfound fame and congratulate you on the enormous amounts of money you must be making.

[Five more sentences of insults and pretentious self-aggrandizement]

…You have become a hot topic in some of my classes and this very much worries me. It wasn’t until your name came up for a fifth time that I decided to investigate you. Your prose are rife with fallacies and Neanderthalic musings, so I could easily disembowel and discredit any part of it. But I’d like to concentrate on what seems to be your most common themes:…

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“In every report we have shown how strong the Filipino people are”

Anderson Cooper 360

Anderson addresses criticism from Korina Sanchez. She’s a radio broadcaster in the Philippines and also the wife of the country’s Interior Minister. She reportedly claimed Anderson said he had seen no presence of the Filipino government on the ground in Tacloban. Anderson talks about the relief response he saw during his time in the hard-hit city and describes the extensive work that still needs to be done. Anderson also pays tribute to the strength of the people he met there.

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18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again

Thought Catalog

1. Writing things by hand. Letters to friends, lists for the store, goals for the week, notes for lovers, thank you cards and memos to coworkers. Digital communication is easy and convenient but ask anybody: there’s a huge difference between texting someone to say that you love them and hope they have a great day and writing it on a note and leaving it next to their bed.

2. Savoring time to do nothing. Taking a cue from pre-industrialized society and cultures that enjoy siestas and long, drawn-out, sit-down teas that serve no other purpose than to spend time enjoying the time you have.

3. Thinking before responding. We’ve become too conditioned to require things immediately. Someone asks a question, and we have to respond that second. Such was not the case before instant messaging and comment threads. A sign of true intelligence and confidence, I think, is someone who…

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Disney orders ‘Girl Meets World’

The Marquee Blog

It’s official, Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence are back.

Today, the Disney Channel ordered “Girl Meets World,” a comedy series for families from the executive producer of “Boy Meets World,” Michael Jacobs. Production for the series is set to start this summer in Los Angeles and will premiere on Disney in 2014.

Photos: ‘Boy Meets World’ where are they now?

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Powerful pictures should make more than headlines

CNS Blog

VATICAN CITY — It was to have hands and be able to touch and heal people that Christ became human, Pope Francis has said.

“God meddles in our miseries, he approaches our wounds and heals them with his hands; it was to have hands he became man.”

“God does not save us only by decree, with a law, he saves us with tenderness, he saves us with caresses, he saves us with his life given for us.”

Pope Francis Oct. 22 homily

This passage seemed appropriate to accompany the pictures of Pope Francis embracing and kissing a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder resulting in numerous, often painful, tumors.

The gesture at yesterday’s general audience has grabbed people’s attention, as well as news headlines.

But, every time we are struck by such poignant and moving movements, we should also consider something else the pope has said.


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She Yelled and Called Me Names

“As I drove away, I began to cry. Not because I had been called so many terrible names, but because God had answered my very recent prayer—which was that He would allow me to see people as He sees them, not as I see them.”

Everyday Grace

she-yelledPulling my car into the drive-thru line at Starbucks, I wondered why it was a dozen people deep. It wasn’t raining, yet it seemed everyone was driving through today. I was transporting three dogs to the groomer, and there was no way I could leave two wild Shih-tzus and one crazy Bichon alone while I went inside for my daily dose.

Millie, the Bichon, sat on my lap licking the window.

As I peeled her away from the glass, I saw the woman.

She sat across the parking lot, leaving just enough room for a thoroughfare, as she too was waiting in the Starbucks line. I smiled, and gestured to her. It went something like this: “Are you next, or am I?” Really, I was fine either way.

She was not.

Thinking I was trying to snag her spot of next up, she gunned her Suburban, rolled down the window…

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My 5 weeks of Colab en Cursillo


A glimpse of our Summer Program for Regnum Christi

Since I unfortunately have not had a decent post about my Cursillo (Missionary Summer Program in Mexico), let me share with you a video I had made about our 5 weeks preparing to be a Colaboradora (Coworker, Missionary, CoMissionary, etc.) and see for yourself how we in Regnum Christi prepare to give a year of our lives for God and the Church.

First post in DC after a LONG TIME!

I am posting this at the 3rd and a half month that I have been here in Washington, D.C. for my Missionary Year with Regnum Christi. More on my Missionary year so far later.

I have been called by the Holy Spirit to post my morning meditation from today, 12-07-12, a day just before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It has become very timely since just in 5 days, it will be the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12-12-12. This same date, my country, The Philippines, the legislators in our Congress will be voting on a bill that has been an issue for a while now. It is the famous Reproductive Hill Bill or more popularly known as the RH Bill. It is supposedly similar to the HHS Mandate of Obama (Obamacare). My dear friends, just as my prayer to Our Father, I ask you to join me and those who are Pro-Life.

Dearest Father, I offer up this day and the week to come for the Philippines. The the RH Bill cannot in anyway pass as a law. I know that you will intervene but don’t let us who believe in you lose hope for this time we have to wait. Father, through the grace of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please guide the minds and hearts of the Filipino people and it’s legislators to understand and find in their hearts that what they are doing is not just.

Why do people have to put aside their conscience and morality all for the benefit of the worldly things and Money. Money over the life of the unborn? Money over resources for the education of the poor? Money coming from the US Government… Money they don’t even have! Money instead of the allowance international investment/businesses in the country with a VAST EXPANSE OF SPACE! Money over the fact that they say we are “over-populated”… and most especially, Money over the fact that as a Catholic Nation and with many other religions present, we will lose our RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!

Father, please intervene in the Congress now and most especially on 12-12-12. I cannot bear to live in a country that will shut out the Freedom I hold near and dear to my heart.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Philippines, and Protectress of the Unborn, PRAY FOR US!

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