We are meant to endure difficulty if for no other reason than it gives us a reference point that allows us to navigate towards something better.

–Shane Koyczan

Listen to the rest of his TEDtalk here.

Un Dîner Presque Parfait With Jazzy

Tonight, I made dinner with my favorite francophile friend, Jazzy. Some of you may have read about her in the adventures of my previous life abroad. When France seemed so dismally different from our homeland, we cheered each other on towards grammatical greatness, which seemed as elusive as a sunny day in the Loire Valley. I left that December. She followed suit in April. By some statistically significant stroke of goodness, we not only graduated but then ended up in the same geographical location.

Which is not France…

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