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“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.”

— Jonathan Carroll (via danmaru)

A mother’s love is stocking the house with all different types of sanitary napkins long after her own menopause…

nature’s canvas x 1 on Flickr.
nature’s canvas x 2 on Flickr.
nature’s canvas x 3 on Flickr.
untitled on Flickr.

untitled on Flickr.

cerezo on Flickr.

cerezo on Flickr.

Shot with film today. It’s refreshing—it reminds me of baking. You won’t know how your pictures will turn out until you get the film developed, and you won’t know how your cake will turn out until it’s done baking.

The element of surprise leaves me with both anxiety and anticipation.

and this is to summer on Flickr.
grandmother’s cup on Flickr.
Sunny & the Clouds on Flickr.CTAS’ Sunny & the Clouds performing at Celebrasian 2014

Sunny & the Clouds on Flickr.

CTAS’ Sunny & the Clouds performing at Celebrasian 2014



don’t cross oceans for people who wouldn’t cross a puddle for you.

No, do it. Do cross oceans for people. Love people, all people. No conditions attached, no wondering whether or not they’re worthy. Cross oceans, climb mountains. Life and love aren’t about what you gain, it’s about what you give.

“Seeing someone read a book you love is seeing a book recommend a person.”

— Reddit user coolstoryreddit  (via yesdarlingido)

Restaurant chains in Taiwan have a good reputation. Their service is always standardized and on-point, and they do a wonderful job with customer feedback surveys.

We Will Always Be [Family]