This one goes out to Gregory and his faithful feline cuddle partner, Mario.

Love Bombs, as I mentioned in my post last week, are a weekly coming-together of people on the internet to post messages of encouragement and compassion to strangers who are struggling through some hardships in their life. One comment on a blog post: Anyone can do it, and a little love can go a long way. This week’s Love Bombing to Gregory was recommended by Liz, who had this to say:

I would recommend a really amazing guy…Gregory Patrick.  I discovered him on Etsy.  I have a little shop selling handmade purses and I came across his lovely little knit bears and purses one day as I was looking around.  I then found that he had a blog and went over to check it out.  To my amazement and dismay, this great knitting artist, with a heart of gold, has been constantly facing homelessness for the past year.  He seems to find temporary places to stay, but with Etsy being his only income he never seems to find a home he can afford to keep for very long. 
In his blog, I have read about his heartbreak, loneliness and his constant hope for something more permenant and secure.  He always speaks from the heart and I know that he just wants a chance to grow his knitting business, live peacefully with his cat Mario and just keep spreading love with his adorable knit bears.  I think an outpouring from Love Bomb would be a amazing surprise for Gregory and such positive energy would only help him to keep moving forward against the tough times he keeps encountering.
"Don’t you dare tell me that nothing matters. Everything matters. I know there’s an entire world that cares out there, hiding behind a world that doesn’t."

I Wrote This For You (via awakenourworld)



Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling

Now she’s traveling the States and writing about her encounters & experiences.

(via ver2go)

"I am a passionate believer that one of the better ways of learning valuable life lessons is to travel the world. It can be fun, at times unconventional, and travel definitely broadens the mind. There is something about finding a way out of our comfort zones across the vastness of the world that titillates my mind…"

—Leon Logothetis, a man definitely worth some further blog-reading & video-watching & adventure-following.

I first came across his name in this coverage of a random do-gooder passing on acts of kindness to strangers in L.A. 

The quote above is from his blog post on the greatest classroom of all, filled with some of the lessons he’s learned and the experiences he’s had while traveling the world. They’re interesting and inspiring, for sure (particularly his tales of living off of $5 a day and the kindness of strangers), but the thing I appreciate most about his writing is that it’s truly personal. He speaks with I and my, and it makes his stories easy to relate to on a human-to-human level. So many times people share their wisdom in a preaching manner, to you. This isn’t always a bad thing, and can be used as a powerful literary tool. But as a reader, if I am directly addressed by what I’m reading, I can interpret it as a challenge or an attack: I don’t like to be told what I’m feeling; I’d rather read about what you’re feeling and relate to it.

This guy Leon Logothetis is incredible at relating to people. He wrote this series of articles about an Advice Booth he opened up on the street in L.A. — “The Amazing Adventures of the Traveling Advice Booth,” Part One, Part Two, & Part Three — and in them he answers some questions I’ve been struggling to answer in my life: questions about connections and communication between people.