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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Jason’s blog posted
On January 16th, 2011
At 1:42 PM
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Lizards. The favorite snack of my cat. I’m tempted to upload a video of him eating all but the tiny toxic bit, what I make up must be a lizard large intestine. It’s anything but large – these lizards aren’t dinosaurs, they’re the garden variety. 6, 8 inches max.

The January weather has come back around to the way I love it so in San Diego. Our equivalent to winter is wetness and that seems to have all dried up. Warmth becomes us and the lizards emerge to the concrete surfaces, lifting their heads high, gazing directly into the blinding glow of their sun God.

The lizard scene on my patio would probably look like the buffet variety at The Souplantation to my cat, but he is no where to be found. The lizards are smug if not smiling.

In early December, my feline friend who goes by the single syllable name of Holmes (which I read later is not a wise choice in naming a pet - Grouping two syllables like Rover or Peanut is easier for an animal to distinguish when they are called or spoken to, especially between other commands we...
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Jason’s blog posted on
January 11, 2011 at
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A sign posted on a door for hotel staff had been defaced and now read, "Hot__ Associates Only." This kind of human behavior and fondling of letters inspires me. Upon seeing it, I am moved to fetch me lady and me camera and have her pose as if she's entering the special room. Whatever might go on in a room reserved for hot associates only, I hope there's lots of oil and a communal lathering.

By the time I get to my room to get the camera I've completely forgotten about the task. I could blame it on where my mind had wandered - but this always happens. I walk into a room and forget what I went in there for. Maybe I'm so over the past and so in the moment that freshness finds me around every corner. Or it's a classic case of short term memory loss brought on by too many hours gazing directly into the sun or it's equally impressive reflection in the water. What was I writing about?
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Jason and Toca - January 2001
Jason’s blog posted
On January 7th, 2011
On 7:36 p.m.
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Tonight I host Mr. Toca Rivera for dinner and a rehearsal of new songs. It’s hard to believe he and I have been together for more than 10 years now. Looking back at the last decade I've so much to be thankful for, his friendship included. Rather than making this blog a stroll down memory lane, I’ll stay present and list a decade’s worth of Gratitude (what I can remember of it anyway) in 90 seconds. Go.

I am grateful for:

regularity
a community of dreamers
java joe
the power of possibility and all my teachers
my totally rad parents
raw food
malleable bodies
malleable reality
the physics of surf
the logic of maybe
the mu phenomenon
my best friend and fiancé
the friends who supported me
the friends i support
burning man
cafe gratitude and the huge community it supports
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On December 29, 2010
Jason’s blog posted on
December 29th, 2010
on 5:50 PM
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I’m a fan of positive articulation. To me, this is a step beyond positive thinking. It’s putting your positive thoughts into action – into doing – into words.

Every New Year’s I resolve to do something new/different with my life. Something grand. Something transformative. Sometimes it’s to continue doing something I love, but often it’s a new invention of some kind. Last year, the main theme was activism and in 2010 I certainly got my feet wet, literally by tromping thru the Lake Volta Region in Ghana, learning about the work of Free The Slaves – AND parading thru New Orleans promoting a green future after learning about the oil spill disaster and cover-up in the Gulf.

This year, I resolve to turn New into Now. "New” often refers to a kind or quality about something, AND tends to refer to a someday, either past or future. Now, however, always means NOW. In this tradition, I get to celebrate early and say,
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Tristan Ann Prettyman sais Yes to Jason Thomas Mraz
Jason’s blog posted on
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
2:29 p.m.
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Second to words, I’m a numbers guy. I like significant dates, digits, and planetary transits. I’ve been drawn to the number 1134 since I discovered while dangling upside-down with a calculator that it read, HELL. Seeing 1134 on the clock, odometer, or as the total on a receipt always makes me feel, if sadistically, like I’m in the right place at the right time. The same with 11:11. I always make a wish. Of course, whether or not it works is all just a story I made up, but it shifts my attention back to that of synchronicity and universal harmony and I’m okay with that. I try not to be too superstitious, and find these brain games are much more fun than fear.

I was born on June 23rd. My Best friend Stevie was July 23rd. We both got tattoos of the number 23 on his birthday at the Chelsea Hotel, which happens to be on 23rd Street. 23 has always been a number I play in Vegas.
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Faiz Ali Faiz, Chicuelo, Miguel Poveda
Jason’s blog posted on
December 16th, 2010
on 5:11 p.m.
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This is the most extraordinary recording I own. Whenever I play just the audio for people, the common reaction to the round of applause at the end is one that accompanies awe. “THAT was LIVE?!”

Check This Out. It's 13 minutes short and you may not understand a word... Offer yourself the time. Give yourself permission to be moved by something new. This is your journey after all, and it was you who stumbled upon this music. The universe obviously wants you to hear this.

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Qawwali Flamenco is a meeting between the Pakistani Sufi tradition of Qawwali and Spanish Flamenco. Though the genres may appear quite different, they are actually very similar in that the music invites improvisational story telling, crying and wailing about love lost and found, from subjects spanning from romance to god devotion.
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Jason’s blog posted
on December 13th, 2010
At 9:45 PM
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3542 miles so far and not once have I had to buy water. I know everyone who reads this blog uses a reusable water bottle – and I thank you for hooking up your friends and family this holiday season.

Every time I refueled I would carry my water bottle and hot mug into the gas station and get clean cold water from the soda fountain (usually a little button under the lemonade) and hot water from the coffee machine. (Starbucks also gives free hot and cold filtered water.) Carrying my own tea also made my travels super enjoyable, inexpensive, and healthy.

The trouble with a water bottle is that I end up drinking a lot more water which means I have to pee more often, which sucks when you’re in the middle of nowhere or stuck in traffic.

The worst need-to-pee experience I ever had occurred 10 years ago while driving from San Diego to Los Angeles to deliver some birds to a friend. I was familiar enough with these birds to be entrusted with them AND was given permission to let them fly freely around the car during the drive. They loved the...
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A photo I took of a farm that produces maple syrup…
Published by Heather, SuperForester
on December 12, 2010
in Superforest journal
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Hello SuperForest!

I received this little story in my email inbox recently, and upon reading it, I immediately thought of SuperForest. We have talked about redefining wealth and success before, but this is a simple story that illustrates the common thread of abundance and gratitude that often shows up in our SuperForest universe.

Let’s share this story with our loved ones, especially during this holiday season, as it is important to remind ourselves to be grateful for what we have, and look at wealth in a different way:

One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

Returning from their trip, the father asked his son: “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah” said the son. “So tell me, what did you learn from...
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Jason’s blog posted on
December 9th, 2010
at 10:20 a.m.

Acidophilus should be spelled Assidophilus.

In addition to falling in love with myself and allowing the new album to awaken and unfold organically, this well driven journey has also inspired a quest for America’s Best Veggie Burger and the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate.

Santa Fe is thought to be a vortex; a geographical location so energetic it naturally attracts intuits, nudists, and naturalists and forces the visitor and resident alike to
find healing thru harmony. It is said to be quite impossible to remain in this energy unless “equilibrium is found by the individual.”(btw I'm standing on one leg as I write this.)

Vortexes are generally unseen yet viewed as swirling tornadoes of light. In Santa Fe, the vortex that lured me in was a tornado of beauty – lush green and adobe brown under a landscape of rich sky blue and red chili spice. Not only am I going home with a length of chili to adorn my home, I’m also departing with a satisfied stomach of Pasqual’s Mexican Hot Chocolate and remnants of Veggie Burger smathered across my taste buds,...
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"It's like a sauna in here."
Jason's blog posted on
December 7th, 2010
2:12 a.m.

Things I DON'T want for Christmas:

- Pants that are too small

- Clock Radio

- Giant Earthworm

- Twins

- Herpes

- Portable Sauna, even though it looks really clever.

Whenever I'm in a Sauna, I like to say, "It's like a sauna in here." even when I'm by myself.


I once shared a Sauna with Ingrid Michaelson when we were on tour together in Sweden. The Swedish love Saunas. I don’t recall the Sauna ever getting hot and we ended up just sitting there in the wooden box talking about how boring it was.

Tonight I had a Sauna all to myself during a spontaneous spa visit. I decided to reward my body after sitting behind the wheel for 2000 miles. The privacy of the solo-sauna gave me an opportunity to sing and chant until I got dry mouth and shortness of breath. Apparently you lose a pint of water for every 20 minutes you spend in the heat. My masseur told me that. She was a wealth of knowledge and knew her way around the body. This made it easy for her to kick my ass and call it therapy. It was...
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All walking around in the same state of mind?
Jason’s blog posted on
December 4th, 2010
on 8:14 PM

In Kansas, they love their unborn babies. A lot. From KC to the CO state line, Jesus has "highered" billboards advocating the keeping of one’s baby. I assume there is an argument or epidemic of dumpster babies in Kansas if there is a need for so many billboards.

I kept a keen watch of the billboards hoping to catch the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Apparently the Twine town has the World’s Smallest Advertising because I totally missed it. Dang!

Which came first, plain the noun or plain the adjective? Such queries arrive driving through the plain plains of these United States.

If you think of the word state, as in way of being, how cool would it be if we chose to live in united states? – A land that breathes in and out at precisely the same moments, sharing emotions, moon cycles, and self-appreciation. Were we all walking around in the same state of mind, we’d be a country whose cause is compassion thanks to our condition. Our senses would force us into alignment with everyone else. Maybe this is how huge schools of fish or flocks of birds make tight...
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Jason’s blog
Posted on December 2nd, 2010
6:47 p.m.

Traffic came to a turtle’s pace when I entered into St Louis. I wondered if me adding one more car to the rush hour mix was throwing the city off a little. Why is it called rush hour when it’s generally slow?

I’m also curious as to how much a population varies from day to day – what with people coming and going, driving and flying, birthing and dying, etc. Regardless, if the hospitable citizens of St Louis are hoping to count my head tomorrow, I’ll be gone.

I love being on the road. For the past 7 years I’ve been in the back of the bus (which usually travels by night) unable to enjoy at length the boring landscapes of America. Of course, boring is a perspective – just an interpretation based on how entertained I am behind the wheel. A flat and barren highway doesn’t bother me so long as the music on the radio is equally dull.

I have a loose hatred for the long haul trucker who bullys the road, cramping my lane and overdrawing speed limits. It’s not enough for me to take a license number or flip anyone the bird, but still I “sheesh” when run up...
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Do Thanksgiving every day
Jason’s blog posted
on December 1st, 2010
at 10:38 a.m.

6 hours from Nashville, 33 ½ years since birth. Final destination: California, year 2977. I’m not attached to being a thousand years old but if I get anywhere close, I’ll buy every reader of this blog a chai latte with steamed eggnog. In barista jargon that’s known as a “Cheg” and it only comes out on special occasions.

The weeks spanning from Thanksgiving to New Year’s are typically my most gluttonous. Maybe this is why Jesus gets so popular around this time of year – what with all the people blessing their piles of food, praying for those who don’t have any, or asking forgiveness for having eaten too much.

This season I’m present to how much I’ve been provided-for since birth. For 33 Thanksgivings I’ve yet to run out of stuffing. And it looks as though my baby niece is set up for a similar life of sweet potato wealth. I’m grateful for my hard working Mom and Dad and the families I have on both sides who pour their love into dinners, voicemails, card games and family reunions.
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Jason and Tristan - June 2010 NYC - Save The Music Gala
Jason’s blog posted on
November 22nd, 2010
at 4:34 AM

Doing inversions in yoga, namely down-dog, the charm on my necklace dances with gravity, falling to rest perfectly over my lips. I find it ironic and terribly cute because the amulet reads “Protect Her Voice.” I kiss it lightly without drawing attention to myself, smiling into its smooth, cold surface knowing my breath is fogging it up a little.

I started wearing the Protection Amulet by Leah In Leaucadia just before my girlfriend went in for surgery on her vocal chords, prompting a week of silence for her, as well as months of therapy to restore her voice to the pristine rasp I’ve always known her to have. As someone who relies on vocal chords for both love and livelihood, I was nervous about the whole procedure. Needless to say she handled it the way she handles all else – like a bad-ass. Still, I credit the amulet for keeping me calm.

Leah’s amulets will protect whatever or whomever you wish to protect. My previous necklace said, “Protect Our Voice” referring to both my lady and I, and you, and your friends, and their...
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Jason’s blog posted on
Friday, November 19, 2010
8:54 AM

One time I threw-up Honey-Nut Cheerios while reclined in the dentist’s chair. I assume I was given too much Nitrous oxide after eating apparently too many “parts of a balanced breakfast.” Surprisingly, the cheery Oh’s regurgitated as if I hadn’t ever chewed them up. They came forth from my dizzy carcass onto my t-shirt spelling out “Ooooh” like alphabet soup. Without missing a beat, the hygienist came in and said, “Mmm, Smells like Honey & Nuts.” True story. I bet they saved the footage on the surveillance camera. (I would have if I worked there.)

Another time I puked C3PO Cereal on the side of the road on the way to school. They too were still completely formed in their random figure-8 pattern that I never associated with C3PO. I have no moral to this story. Like Honey-Nut Cheerios, it just came up.

If you were a cereal, what would be your ingredients?

I think mine would be little mini-fish tacos with spicy guacamole bites. Or falafel with sweet pickles, Mmm! Can you please pass the breast milk?
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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EVENT WRAP UP
Greetings to All


For those of you who attended the first Leaders causing Leaders event, THANK YOU. It was amazing, and for those who did not make it, please read the random quotes below that have come in. You will not want to miss the next event. We will be sending out a newsletter very soon with announcements for intensive workshops and the next yearly event dates and location.

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I personally got to understand and experience life in a whole new way and will forever be changed by the people, ideas and way of looking at life... for the rest of my life... thank you. Mary

Just being there and connecting with all of the amazing people is literally LIFE CHANGING for me!!! I feel like I am renewed and an opening has occurred i n my heart and mind to let go of the old and let in the new.... Salina

I doubt anybody could have left without receiving something specifically for them - life affirming and life changing. I was lifted to tears more than once. It's definitely an event where miracles and shifts come to fruition. Thank you for making it happen....
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Jason’s blog posted on
Monday, November 15, 2010
9:56 AM


EVERYDAY I EAT THIS ------>

And I get it here: link

When people ask me about it, I take a deep breath because talking about it leads to a rant on how much I think it’s awesome. When I’m in a hurry I simply say, “I dunno what it is, but it’s supposed to make my penis grow 2 inches in just 4 weeks.”

In all seriousness, this stuff will make you live to be a thousand.

I promise you’ll comment on this blog when you’re 900 (wishing you were dead) asking, “What was in that sh*t?”

Vitamineral Green. Best if stirred with coconut water or sweetened with Stevia if you’re taking it plain like a man.

I especially find it helpful in England. Much of the food I eat lacks the color green. I was told by many a health practitioner I should eat all the colors of the rainbow at every day. This has been the easiest way to understanding a healthy diet.
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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Be the change you wish to see
Jason’s blog posted on
Thursday, November 11, 2010
3:25 p.m.


About a year ago I got the words ”Be Love” tattooed on my arm. The idea that I could be ”Love Itself”as in ‘not wait for it to show up’ was a revolutionary concept I first discovered at Café Gratitude in San Francisco.(Yes, I know it's been the basis of many religions, but I'm a late bloomer. Everyone's awakening looks different.)

This month, Café Gratitude releases it’s highly anticipated book, Kindred Spirit: Fulfilling Love's Promise (link). This take-out version of the café’s popular relationship workshop is all about ‘Being Love’ and what that entails. Whether or not you share your life with a partner, every conversation and interaction in life is within Relationship. The book is brilliant and like the food at Cafe Gratitude, easy to digest.
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Opinion by juicyjossy9 posted over a year ago
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By
Sarah Goble
November 5, 2010


10 STEPS TO AN ECO-CONSCIOUS SHOWER
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10. Avoid using products in plastic containers

I know it’s hard to avoid plastic in our everyday lives but you can search for alternatives. If you’re using body wash that is packaged in plastic try switching to bar soap. Usually soap is packaged in a cardboard box that can biodegrade or be recycled.

9. Switch to plant-based ingredients

Whether it’s your shampoo, bar of soap of even bathroom cleaning products, this will be healthier for you and your family and you’ll be reducing your impact on the planet as well. The many chemicals found in our everyday household products have a major effect on our water and our health, so switching to a plant-based, biodegradable product will really help.

8. DIY!

If you’re crafty, try creating our own soap, shampoo, etc. This way you will know exactly what’s in your product and it usually is more cost effective. There are many great resources online, such as YouTube, and soap making...
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Either way, VOTE on November 2!!
Jason’s blog posted on
Thursday, November 1st, 2010 12:01 AM
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The party that controls the House of Representatives or the Senate determines the policies and direction of America. When you vote for a candidate on November 2, you are also voting for an entire party. Check the positions you agree with and see which party most reflects your values and then vote accordingly. Each of the 10 Issues reflect actual statements, positions and votes held and taken by the vast majority of Congressmen and Senators in each party over the past two years in The United States Congress.

Which America Do You Want?

I. JOBS

Republicans believe that cutting taxes for large and small businesses and further reducing investment taxes on capital gains and dividends will spur job growth

Democrats want to try to create jobs by limiting the outsourcing of jobs to other countries and by creating and investing in new industries such as clean tech/alternative energy like solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, algae fuels.
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I only sense do-gooders everywhere
Jason’s blog posted on
Thursday, October 26th, 2010
7:30 PM
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...Just ignore’em and they’ll go away.

I haven’t brushed mine yet today. It’s now 1am. Oops. Does that imply that I was reeeeally busy or waaaaay too lazy? ...Who cares.

For every action there’s a reaction. And also, for every action there’s an equal and opposite criticism.

This year I found both the time and resources to try things outside of my comfort zone - Like traveling to Louisiana to witness the devastation and learn ways I could help take better care of our environment. Not before that trip did I connect voting with being green. It was a powerful epiphany. Some applauded my choice to travel there. Others criticized it.

Regardless of who says what – I don’t take it personally. I thank those people for responding at all. Criticism proves they listened (to some degree). I can recall a time when the demographic my age were considered slackers. I don’t see a trace of that anymore. I only sense do-gooders everywhere. In fact, it’s hard to keep up with all the progress!...
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I don’t refer to genius as being masculine or feminine
Jason’s blog posted on
Thursday, November 04, 2010
12:03 PM
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You can only polish a turd for so long before it starts to fall apart. So it goes with album making. Thriller was made in just 8 weeks while Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, though rehearsed and performed live before it was ever recorded, was made in just 2 sessions. I am not currently working on Chinese Democracy, but I have been sculpting this turd for almost a year now and it’s doesn’t even remotely resemble a Snickers Bar. My point: It’s still not ready for consumption.

Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to stop calling it a turd. After all, I’m hoping you’ll like it in the end. To be honest, throughout this whole process I never once referred to my work as shit or anything that resembles fecal matter. It just came to me to turn that phrase when I sat down to write this drivel. I think I’m just hungry for chocolate. This veganism and living on falafels while in studio is really making me lofty. I apologize if I poo-poo’ed the magic.
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Dr. Graham Tattersall*
239 pages
2010

A Guide to Answering the Unanswerable, Making Sense of the Nonsensical, and Solving the Unsolvable

How big is your vocabulary?
How heavy is your house?
Do the dead outnumber the living?
What are the best words to use
in a personal ad?

We humans are a curious species, prone to think, ruminate, reflect, cogitate, mull over, and philosophize. We long to explain away the world around us, to answer all those seeming unanswerables. Why are we here? Is there a God? Is there life after death? And, above all, how many houseflies does it take to pull a car?

A confirmed and superior geek, Dr. Graham Tattersall has rescued math from the prison of the classroom and put it to use in novel and unexpected ways to explain some oft-pondered mysteries of the world. Geekspeak is an essential tool that will help you exercise your brain and solve the unsolvable, make you sound intelligent so you can impress your friends, and enable you to better understand the fascinating world in which we live in ways never possible before.
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(Analysis computed on July 28, 2010 at 6:18 a.m. Montreal (Canada) Time)

Your expression number - the 4 - summarizes your first and your last name and accounts for your even-tempered and sober appearance as well as for your profound wish to realize and build things securely. You seek security and you have this undeniable sense of exertion and perseverance. Your number is best symbolized by Saturn and the earth element (this is not the only paradox in your personality!) You are resistant, both physically and mentally. And this particular form of resistance is best symbolized by the keystone. You are orderly and methodical and you can keep focused for ages. The thing you have to watch particularly is your natural disposition to look for daily grin and to be staid...

In short: Avoid conservatism and narrow-mindedness for these are the worst traps you could walk into and you will be fulfilled!

Your first name - Jason Thomas - portrayed by number 9 reveals your great sensitivity and humanism. Thanks to your connectedness to the world combined with your inclination to idealism, you are a selfless person able to move the mountains for others....
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i was dead
i came alive
i was tears
i become laughter

all because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life
from then on
changed to eternal

love said to me

you are not
crazy enough
you don’t
fit this house

i went and
became crazy
crazy enough
to be in chains

love said

you are not
intoxicated enough
you don’t
fit the group

i went and
got drunk
drunk enough
to overflow
with light-headedness

love said

you are still
too clever
filled with
imagination and scepticism

i went and
became gullible
and in fright
pulled away
from it all

love said

you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every
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