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I Will Not Wallow: Whales, Baked Goods, and Peru

I Will Not Wallow: Whales, Baked Goods, and Peru

My name is Kat. I think I look a little bit like a librarian. Most people think I look a little bit like a 16 year old. Or, in one particular instance, a middle school student.

Me

I really like overalls and wearing multiple plaid shirts. At once. Also, I think this post suggests my..

Posted by Kat Franchino in Articles, Stories, 2 comments
A Few Words on Existence and the Onward March of Time

A Few Words on Existence and the Onward March of Time

I am tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop: observing, thinking, writing.

I don’t know how many times they’ll let me get away with starting my stories this way. It seems to begin here most days.

It used to be a café and bakery in the early hours before work. Over the weekend..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Stories, 0 comments
Hacking Life In A New City Alone: An Extensive Guide

Hacking Life In A New City Alone: An Extensive Guide

“Do you mind if we sit here?”
Two women ask for the seats next to mine. They’re in town for a business conference, and chose to explore the infamous 6th Street of downtown Austin. I was simply there to watch the open mic night.

My new friends sitting next to me at the bar gush,..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, 23 comments
The Existential Crises of Living in Constant Change

The Existential Crises of Living in Constant Change

The stars shine bright in the night. It’s hot out, the humidity and heat means that my shirt is soaked with sticky sweat.

The search for meaning haunts the active mind. What did today bring? What will come of tomorrow? How did I arrive here from yesterday?

The questions are pointless,..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, 1 comment
What’s the point?

What’s the point?

Life will never be what you want it to be.

That’s the truth. It turns out that we’re each living in our own self-centered worlds, hiding deep dark secrets that we believe make us truly bad people. We each tuck our natures away, attempt to deal with things on our own that we should..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, 0 comments
Fighting Your Inner Kraken: The Battle For Your Soul

Fighting Your Inner Kraken: The Battle For Your Soul

I’ve been fighting a battle. I have only just now reached my ink and paper to relate to you my feelings. My stories. My thoughts.

It seems that the kraken is real. It manifests itself in each of us.

We each have our own kraken, one that feeds on our innermost fears. It desires..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, 6 comments
Are you interesting?

Are you interesting?

You want to know why your life is lame. You worry that you’re not cool enough. You’re concerned that folks out there find you boring.

Well… maybe you are boring. Sorry, but that’s the cold, harsh truth.

You spend most of your time making monotonous, boring decisions,..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, 1 comment

If You Teach A Man To Build A Table

This is it! It’s a brand new year. This is the year you will finally accomplish your resolutions. This is the year you will break out of the loop.

This is the year…

Oh, who are we kidding? That’s what we said last year. We all know we’re going to fail. We’re going to mess..

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, Skills, Work Happily, 2 comments

Failed Resolutions: Brace Yourself For Disappointment in 2013

It’s almost a meme to even try to make a New Year’s resolution anymore.

The problem with our resolutions is that we think of life as static, motivation as something we can conjure at will, and inspiration as a stagnant pool.

Life changes, our goals morph and priorities shift…

Posted by Anne Dorko in Articles, Live Freely, Skills, 2 comments
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