Free Panara Bread?

As I was looking up a news story from back home in the states, I stumbled upon this:

Panera to open first local pay-what-you-can cafe in Lakeview

Panera Bread has opened their fourth pay-what-you-can location in Chicago. The three other locations are located in Montana, Michigan, and Oregon.

The concept is that if you can pay full price, you pay it; if you don’t have enough, give what you can; if you don’t have any money to pay at all, you can volunteer to work for an hour after you eat.

Sure, I’ll volunteer an hour of my time for a free meal from Panera, after all, I technically am unemployed.

If only we had Panera Bread in Korea, life would be that much better.

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You are not special

This video blows my mind.

YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL

The commencement speaker is Wellesley High School’s English teacher David McCullough Jr.

There are so many things I would like to say, but I will let you watch for yourself, I don’t want to ruin the surprise.

By the end (around the nine minute mark,) Mr. McCullough becomes a little motivating, although, it still doesn’t make up for the fact that he is telling a bunch of graduating seniors that they are not special. I have no idea why this is funny and why SO many people think it’s appropriate. I’m sorry, but I’m pretty sure I would have been pissed if he was our high school graduation’s commencement speaker.

Here is the text form of the speech and below it are numerous comments encouraging such outrageous behavior from a faculty member. According to CNN, there haven’t been any complaints from the parents of the graduating seniors. Am I crazy, or am I the only one who would complain to the school board about this?

Sure, kick your students into gear before they graduate and let them know that they need to strive to be extraordinary. Tell them in class, in the hallway, in a newsletter, but not during a commencement speech, not during one of the most important days of their lives. Because back when I was graduating high school, I felt pretty special, and who is he to take that away from anyone?

If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again. – Gilmore girls

Book Review: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

A few weeks before I came to Korea, I had the great pleasure of meeting Jodi Picoult at The Free Library of Philadelphia. She was smaller than I expected, but she was full of spunk and enthusiasm.

Ms. Picoult’s book tour was driven by her newest novel Lone Wolf. Up until her newest novel, I have read four of Picoult’s books, and started three others, but never finished them. Therefore, I am not an expert when it comes to the themes of each novel she has written, but this one seemed very different from the ones in which I have already read.

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Laughter really is the best medicine

I just thought I would share this HILARIOUS article. Sometimes, we all need a good laugh, and this blogger gave me one today.

I am just at a loss for words because I’m laughing way too hard.

The best part is:  people will buy them, wear them, and show their true class while doing so.

Life comes without guarantees, except that smiling with brighten your face, laughing will enhance your eyes, and falling in love will change your life.