Interlude – Pause for Paleo

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2012 by #JLNc


I call this the Jet Set Paleo Smoothie:

2 eggs

3/4 cup of berries (raspberries, strawberries, black or blueberries is coo)

1 cup of frozen mixed fruit (papaya, pineapple, cherries)

2 cups Coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 scoop of whey protein powder

2 tblsp almond butter

1 tblsp agave nectar/honey

1 ounce aloe vera juice (aids digestion)


Blend that shit, enjoy!


the reminder

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 by #JLNc

Don’t ever let anyone or anything pull your swagger out from under you.

You must always stay true to yourself no matter what that is. Good or bad.

You mustn’t allow others to make you doubt the great things you have to offer this world.

You may be going through changes, but you have to stay real with you.

You cannot hide from your shadow, can you?

People change by the seasons, some people leave. These are facts.

But that is what life is all about. Everything is always changing.

That’s also why it’s so important to cherish every day.

Cherish what you have now, you never know when it will fly away.

Life is all about experience.

That’s all it is.

One experience after the other.

Some small, some bigger.

Good experience and bad experience. Such is life.

But the experience is what makes it all worth living. The blessing that we experience every single day. The bittersweet relationships in which we form, bond to and come to rely on.

But, everything passes and everything changes.

I cherish what I had in the past, but that is where it stays. It is what it is. Life goes on.

All I can do is do the best that I can. Every day.

I cannot worry about the things that I have no control over. I can’t regret.

It is only baggage that get carries around and it takes a tremendous toll. Learn from this already, Andy.

Must I remind you why No Ceilings is so important? Do not forget what this means to you.


Catcher in the Rye

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 by #JLNc

I’m currently reading The Catcher in the Rye for like the fifth time. I love this book because it reminds me of all the teenage angst I had growing up and it will always be a book that I can look back to for guidence and persepective.

I just finished the second chapter and at this point in the novel you already get a glimpse into Holden Caulfield’s life and how depressed he really is. We know thus far in the novel that Holden has just recently been kicked out of Pencey and from his conversation with his professor, Mr Spencer, he has been kicked out of numerous schools. I think that the biggest inference that you pick up on right away is the amount of guilt and loathing that Holden carries around with him. However, with this amount of guilt and depression there is one redeeming quality that Holden possesses: he is extremely introspective and empathizes with almost everyone in the novel no matter how shitty of a person they are. It was always my interpretation that Holden is speaking from an Insane Asylum of some sort, though it is never actually said that he is.

I love this book and would recommend it to anyone of my students from 8th grade on because it picks up on the same kind of doubt and uncertainty that a person of that age group would feel, I most certainly did, and I appreaciate it to this day.


Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2009 by #JLNc

The president in which I voted for when I was thousands of miles away, has undergone intense scrutiny since taking over as the C.I.C. less than a year ago. In that time, many difficult and complex issues have been at the forefront including, health care reform, the economy and the two wars in the middle east just to name a few. What many people do not understand, whether by ignorance or by choice, is that the President of the United States is a very difficult job. People are so critical at every decision that Obama has to make and everyday he is forced to prove himself to not only the people of the United States, but to the rest of the international community. Never has the President and his country been under such scrutiny and it is arguable that this is due to the previous administration. The political blunders, the dishonesty and the overall “With us or against us” mindset of the Bush Administration has most likely put the current Admin. between the proverbial rock and a hard place regarding many of the proposals and changes that it is trying to make. With that being said, I believe that people should give the President more credit because in the end, like all of his predecesors, he only wants what is best for our country. It is unfortunate though rightfully allowed given the values and tenets of our great nation, acceptable, to challenge the President.

What brought upon this idea was the laughable criticism from former VP Cheney. He has been very critical of the decisions, or lack thereof , regarding the Afghanistan war. Coming from an elected official that should have been taken out of office for lying and betraying the trust of  the American population, this critique is fairly amusing. I believe that what the former VP’s allegations of the President “dithering” around a firm idea/strategy is nothing more than taking the time to get it right and therefore being as honest with the American people just as he has been since taking office in January.

I am not saying that I agree with everything that Obama does. I am an American and I cherish the fact that we are free to voice our opinions and disagree with our government. With that being said, I voted for my President and I am proud to say that I still support him and believe in the change that he is striving to make.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2009 by #JLNc

As I look at my country and the things that are transpiring, I cannot help feel on one hand, excited, eager and hopeful of the possible outcome —and then also feel anxious, skeptical and cynical in the same thought.

Obama wants to jumpstart the economy with help from his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. I stress the plan simply because nothing has been spent but money thus far. However, it is still early in the game and there needs to be patience with this manifestation, this goes from politicians to regular citizens, middle-class to upper class, etc.

When I began to support Obama, I knew he would continue to be the underdog in both his campaign and then later in his eventual presidency. I say eventual because this country in all clearheadedness was not about to allow the Republican party to fuck this country up more than it already had done the past, and more specifically, well, 12 years with the Bush Family. However, looking at it through the lense of the Constitution, – the Democratic party possessed all of the majority seats in the House and Senate, making the shift in the political tide a Democratic implementation.

But anyway, I knew like many other Americans did, that this stage of reconstruction would take many years. Obama has only been in office for about a month and some change and there is already criticism…again mainly by sore-losing and bitter Republicans.

But the truth is that people need to read up on what the President is actually doing, rather than watching the news and getting biased information as usual. The only way to hold these people accountable is to be educated.

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2009 by #JLNc

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Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2009 by #JLNc

I have been thinking about a lot of things lately and haven’t found the time or mental capacity to sit down and get these thoughts down on paper. Well here we are:

I am not a religious person by any means. I haven’t been a person who goes to church every week since I was a child and didn’t know any better. Here is why: I grew up Catholic, which means my entire family was Catholic. From an early age I realized the contradictions and hypocrisy that exists within Catholicism. I would see people with whom my father would go drinking with, drinking heavily, cheating on their spouses and honestly just living the kind of lifestyle that you wouldn’t relate with someone who then goes to church with the fam on Sunday. Next, when you have people with high levels of trust violating children in a way that in no shape or form is tolerated by me, it simply just disgusted me with the thought of religion. Furthermore, my country is engaging in a holy war over religion. You can call it something different or whatever you want, but Christians and Jews are fighting Muslims. That shit is for the birds.

Ok, hear me out: If a person wants to be religious that is fine by me. But it is my human right to believe in whatever I want and if I feel like there is more to life than pleasing a god and being hoodwinked by religious rhetoric by religious fanatics, then that is my choice.