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A family that sings together stays together: My younger brother and I preparing for our performance at our grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

The family that sings together stays together: My younger brother and I preparing for our performance at our grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

I largely find inspiration from fellow thinker Henry David Thoreau, wanderer Jack London, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, and adventurer Chris McCandless. In my spare time, I enjoy trying out different kinds of food, having a cocktail or four with friends, hanging out with my dog, Cooper, and tuning in to professional tennis tournaments.

I love music. I’m not Kelly Clarkson, but I enjoy jamming with my brother for fun. We had our first “public” performance during our grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and we plan on keeping things private that way.

I started blogging “seriously” in 2004. I blog about anything and everything, but I always keep my readers in mind by throwing out lessons or realizations that anyone can surely relate to. The common denominator among my posts though, if anything, is that I talk about how valuable being human and, most importantly, being alive is.

So please, grab a chair and sip a coffee or two at the Gratitude Cafe with me. Give, get, live and be grateful. Humanity is beautiful. Life is awesome. Let’s celebrate!

Extra: Why Marion Silver?

"I love you, Harry. You make me feel like a person. Like I'm me... and I'm beautiful."

"I love you, Harry. You make me feel like a person. Like I'm me... and I'm beautiful."

Aside from the fact that I absolutely adore the name “Marion Silver”, she is also, as most of you probably already know, the main character in Selby’s Requiem for a Dream.

In the novel/film, Marion suffers from drug addiction, along with her boyfriend, Harry, and friend, Tyrone. She encounters extreme highs and lows in the story, and even though hers isn’t the happiest one, Marion Silver is still one of my favorite fictional characters of all time.

I am generally a happy person, but I’m strangely drawn to sad, lamentable characters. I guess because I was once like them, and they help me acknowledge who I was in the past, while at the same time reminding myself that I was able to overcome my demons to become the (hopefully) better person that I am today.

That, and, I think Jennifer Connelly is freaking awesome!

Written by Karla Mercado

July 24, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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