Up, Up & Away as Donkey Defaces Her In-Flight Magazine

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Look out La La Land! A braying, clomping donkey is descending upon your city:

As much as I hate to admit it, I sometimes miss the addiction of travel, allowing you to “forget” whatever issues were bogging you down in the city you’re leaving behind. As far as strategies for avoidance, travel is a great one. wink emoticon I almost always feel better when that plane takes off. I wonder what proportion of that relief is healthy (movement displacing stuck energy) and what is full on avoidance of just being with yourself, even if that means you have to be with some very uncomfortable emotions? Hmm. — travelling to Los Angeles, California from San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

All that air time means there’s plenty of time to deface more reading material, with Donkey relating every article back to her expired self.  No gently used magazine here:

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Hey, Avocado, Here Comes The Competition!

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Author, life coach, jeweler, love-ah, and now, apparently overnight, Michael Austin Jacobs is a musician. Per Skankatron:

So now for a picture. My beloved making music. In the bathroom/office/recording studio.

I had no idea when we met and I found myself in love that he was a musician. And then this …

Recording his own, brand new style of music. Shamanic hip-hop. What?!? How’d I get so lucky?

I’m excited for y’all to hear it.

Don’t be surprised, Ali. No one knew Fozzie was a musician, probably not even Fozzie, but a cup of Aya makes anything possible.

Somebody’s already groovin’ to that shamnic hip-hop!

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The Inimitable Julia Allison Kisses More Rich Ass

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Oh, Donkey. Bidness advice from a woo-ey Bel Air divorcée living off her wealthy ex-husband? And since “hard work” is out of the question, what do you have to offer the world that’s “unique and compelling”? And no, getting cat peeps to point & laugh doesn’t count.

The inimitable Justine Musk shines forth with her epic wisdom …
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QUORA question: Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work required?

“No.

One of the many qualities that separate self-made billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions.

This is not the right question.

(Which is not to say it’s a bad question. It just won’t get that deep part of your mind working to help you — mulling things over when you think you’re thinking about something else — sending up flares of insight.)

You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet. Will you be just as determined when you wash up on some deserted island, disoriented and bloody and ragged and beaten and staring into the horizon with no sign of rescue?

We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but understand: these are the qualities that keep you in the game after most everybody else has left, or until somebody bigger and stronger picks you up and hurls you back out to sea. Determination and hard work are necessary, yes, but they are the minimum requirements. As in: the bare minimum.

A lot of people work extremely hard and through no fault of their own — bad luck, the wrong environment, unfortunate circumstances — struggle to survive.

How can you *leverage* your time and your work?

Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs. Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential. Choose one thing and become a master of it. Choose a second thing and become a master of that. When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.

The world doesn’t throw a billion dollars at a person because the person wants it or works so hard they feel they deserve it. (The world does not care what you want or deserve.) The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life. There is no roadmap, no blueprint for this; a lot of people will give you a lot of advice, and most of it will be bad, and a lot of it will be good and sound but you’ll have to figure out how it doesn’t apply to you because you’re coming from an unexpected angle. And you’ll be doing it alone, until you develop the charisma and credibility to attract the talent you need to come with you.

Have courage. (You will need it.)

And good luck. (You’ll need that too.)”

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Emotionally Stunted Donkey Mistakes Representation for Reality – Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Dumb Donkey Allison is again deep (DEEP!) in thought about L-O-V-E and wondering why she can’t hold on to a man longer than a few weeks.

Is This Sort of Love Even Possible Anymore?
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“Gilbert Blythe, because he was the romantic ideal and a feminist, in his way—always respecting Anne’s intellect and ambitions, competing with her and admiring her academically—was an encouraging example [of true love].”

Jonathan Crombie, the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the classic coming of age series Anne of Green Gables, passed away at the age of 49 last week. “Gilbert was many people’s first loves,” writes Sarah Larson in The New Yorker.

He was certainly mine.

“Crombie gave Gilbert Blythe caring, intelligence, and dreaminess: qualities that enchant seventh-grade girls.”

And 34-year-old women, I can report.

I grew up on Anne of Green Gables, and the love story of Anne & Gilbert shall forever be in my heart. She, brilliant and fiercely independent. Him, patient and kind and ever-loving in spite of years (years!) of rebuffs.

I don’t know if – in this age of insta-gratification and infinite, infinite, infinite options – a love like this is even POSSIBLE anymore. A love that took a decade to bloom. A love founded on the ultimate patience.

But I believe in this era of more more more faster faster faster, we have lost something sacred: kindred spirits who grow along with us, who stay in our storyline for years, even decades. Perhaps we’re missing the idea of a kindred spirit at all, replacing it with the profane: a conquest to be tossed away after the conquerer finds someone more enticing on Tinder.

When I was a seventh-grade girl, dreaming of Gilbert Blythe, I believed that somewhere along my timeline, I would meet such a man. Perhaps I still will.

In the meantime, in honor of Crombie’s passing, I’m holding the torch for slow-blooming love, love that is as pure as a kindred spirit, true love, imbued with respect and admiration, patient love, pure love, embracing the entirety of one’s humanity, flaws and quirks included.

The kind of love I hope seventh-grade girls are still dreaming of … the love I hope for all of us.

The answer is no, Mulia, a love story like Anne & Gilbert’s is not possible anymore because it never was possible to begin with. “Anne of Green Gables” is a novel written in 1908 that was turned into a miniseries in the 1980s.  Novels are fiction and filmic representation isn’t reality.

Oh, and there’s this, which was noted briefly in comments. Donkey and Nehi are now apparently a team. NP on that phony bookshelf:

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Oh, Julie, The Internet NEVER Forgets

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Our Lady of Introspection was on a manic tear last night, posting about everything from ButtPrintCleanse – a trip down memory lane! – to L-O-V-E. This morning, with the exception of a nutso suck up to Tony Robbins – Donkey would walk across burning coals for this “super person” – all have disappeared. Not so fast, Mulia!

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Oh, and praise be to Tony & hallucinogens!

I’m working on my chapter about Tony Robbins‘ Date with Destiny today – and I just saw that he’s holding his Unleash the Power Within in my hometown of CHICAGO this June!!!!

If you haven’t yet been to a Tony event, oh boy, you’re missing out … Although Date with Destiny in December is the crown jewel (and of all of my 200 experiments in happiness, the one I would recommend as THE NUMBER ONE* experiment to do to increase your happiness would be DWD), it’s worth it to go to UPW, just to witness this super human in person.

And yes, yes, it WILL change your life.

https://www.tonyrobbins.com/events/unleash-the-power-within/

*Number one non-medicine experiment. If you’re brave enough, I would recommend ayahuasca too. In fact, they work beautifully as a one-two punch, although I’ve found that aya can be LESS intense than Tony! HAHA wink emoticon

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