Hello Houston: The Most Adorable Video on the Entire Internet

Kudos to Riley and her parents for demonstrating an amazing combination of personality and pretty! She’s so beautiful!

If your sweet tooth is still not satiated, check out more Riley on Instagram.

I’m not ashamed to say I picked up a few fashion tips from a 3-year old– inspiration comes from the most unsuspecting places. I *am* ashamed to say I wanted her to be from Brooklyn!!! Maybe next time…

Baltimore Bike Life

Baltimore is growing on me. Not in a fungus kind of way, but in a very slow methodical, calculating, stalker kind of way. I like it.

On our very first date Baltimore took me to the Baltimore Bike Party. I know, I know, you’re all whaaaat. Here’s a description from their site:

What? We’re Baltimore Bike Party!  We are a mass monthly ride for participants of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  We stay together, in a slow pace (usually ~10mph), following a different route every month, pre-selected by our volunteers and posted ahead of time.

Why? Because it’s awesome to ride your bike!  It’s even MORE awesome to ride your bike with friends.  Don’t have friends who ride?  Come make some!  We are all about building the cycling community!

I’m not a fan of group dates, but this was a great way for Baltimore and I to get to know one another. I learned so much about him: the contours of Druid Hill Park, his ethnic side in Little Italy, and his adorable little Harbor . He even showed me his wild side at the Pratt Street Ale House.

Also, and he couldn’t know this have known this before, being on my bike brings me bliss. I’ll tell you about my experience biking 7000ft down the Haleakala Crater in Maui in another post.

Here’s a pic from our first date, as captured by the good folks at Midtown BBQ & Brew

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I can’t wait to see where this relationship is going.

Helen Keller via Maria Popova On Happiness

I’ve been spending a great deal of time on Maria Popova’s fantastic and thoroughly well-researched blog Brain Pickings.

What’s Brain Pickings you ask? According to the About section: “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.”

Doesn’t that description just make you smile? Me too. Want to smile s’more? Read her recent post on Hellen Keller’s powerful perspective on optimism.  Here’s an awesome excerpt from Keller via Popova:

“Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.”

This purpose of this blog is to create that very space for your large mind. Let’s transcend together, shall we?