Stephen Pasquini

The Decemberists

December 10, 2017

It was a nice quiet weekend spent with the family. We did what the US government wanted and predicted we would do. We shopped. We bought middle-class items for our middle-class home and our middle-class family: Lacrosse stick, kids ski goggles, ski gloves, a $300 Costco run with the predictable staples – toilet paper, tissues, […]

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Media Pollution

November 29, 2017

I remember a time when I went to bed without a smartphone. It was a quieter time, a less troubled time. Now it follows that I go wherever it goes. If not in my hand, always by my side. Distracted Idle moments turn into information for information’s sake. At the cost of my attention. Justify […]

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Cleaning House Prior to RTW TRIP Old Scans, Thoughts Ideas and Pictures

May 9, 2014

Extras: Stephen’s Health Assessment 2012

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God put me here for a reason and He has a perfect plan for me

April 3, 2014

It’s an egotism of sorts to think that God planned out your life when there are billons of people on this planet, many living in horrific conditions.

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The Moment I Lost My Faith

April 3, 2014

No one—and I mean no person, no matter how gifted in preaching—could convince me that a “kind and loving God” sits watching over us while allowing ininnocents to suffer.

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For What?

March 21, 2014

There was a time in my 20’s when each day seemed filled with endless possibilities. Where each moment built systematically upon the one before it. Orchestrating something which resembled music. A symphony upon which dreams were built. Choreographed by God himself? Now each day seems monotonous / monotonous / monotonous, windless, effortless doldrums. In which I […]

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February 2014

February 22, 2014

As always I write here when it is late and I am trying to find the best way to set my mind at ease. I have been working all day, editing the PA-Life blog, creating a new virtual learning environment in which to teach online students, and then trying hard to make it all come […]

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The Undeserving Rich

January 21, 2014

Thank you Paul Krugman: That conservatives seem fixated on the notion that poverty is basically the result of character problems among the poor. This may once have had a grain of truth to it, but for the past three decades and more the main obstacle facing the poor has been the lack of jobs paying decent […]

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To This Day – What’s It Like To Be Young And Bullied?

January 15, 2014

Instructions for a bad day Ted Radio Hour Overcoming We weren’t the only kids who grew up this way to this day kids are still being called names the classics were hey stupid hey spaz seems like each school has an arsenal of names getting updated every year and if a kid breaks in a school […]

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Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas by Bus

November 10, 2013

Many people pay a tremendous amount of money to get from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Las Terrenas on the beautiful Semana Peninsula either by cab or a tour company.  But the bus is a viable, comfortable and extremely affordable option. At $7 US each way, I think it is really the only option. The […]

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Design and Totally Random Thoughts Late at Night

August 10, 2013

I spent the day designing two website, or I guess I should say re-designing. I love this part of online work. The problem is I tend to get caught up in this, maybe it is just a distraction to the often more painful and complicated task of writing. We spent 10 days with the grandparents […]

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Layla and Amara – Singing and Talking

July 20, 2013

Layla and Amara (2013)

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Tomorrow Never Comes – by Norma Cornett Marek

July 20, 2013

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss […]

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I Used To Be Awesome!

May 23, 2013

We start out in life thinking that we’re awesome. We can dance in public as 5-year-olds and not care what others think of us. By the time we’ere adults, that’s been driven out of us. by peers by parents by the media by embarrassing situations As adults, we doubt ourselves. We judge ourselves badly. We are […]

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Santa Cruz and It’s Homeless – Attack Poverty, Not The Poor

May 12, 2013

In recent months, it has sometimes been suggested that compassion is inviting problems into our community, that if only we were meaner and less generous, the homeless, criminals and drug addicts would go away. This view is problematic for many reasons. For one thing, the evidence does not support it. It simply is not true […]

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Why and How I Spend Time

March 30, 2013

People tell me I am wasting my time. People tell me it is all about money, that time is money and unless we convert time to some tangible, or “monitizable” we are just wasting time. But the world is changing rapidly. We can connect in ways I never dreamed. The push of “publish” can change […]

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Learning to Roll With The Punches

March 30, 2013

Layla had her spring musical! She played a rock, her neighbor was a boxer!

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Rio in March

March 29, 2013

I am sitting here in Rio Del Mar. The sun is at my back.. It’s time to ride home.

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Wednesdays Ramblings

March 28, 2013

Today what got me out of bed was knowing I would have a lunch break. And how much I loved taking an hour under the eucalyptus trees, reading the Santa Cruz Sentinel and then settling in for a quick 20 minute nap. These moments alone are such an important part of my day. For 4 […]

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The Pasquini Family – Back from the Past

March 24, 2013

Today I liberated myself from the eyes of the internet and sadly (but gladly) blocked the Pasquini Family from non registered users. Then 1 day later I unblocked it. I did this because the web has a changed a lot since 2005 when the Pasquini Family Blog first started. Oddly I learned everything I know […]

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Blogging and Other Thoughts, January 2013

January 22, 2013

I can’t believe how things have changed and advanced over the last year. The bar for content creation has been lowered to a degree that anybody can do it. Never has there been a time in the world that it is easier to publish, whether via blog, e-book, photo website or retail seller. How this […]

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The Perfect Quite Moments That Define Life

December 16, 2012

I captured this over the summer when the kids weren’t looking. It is one of the favorite videos I have because I caught it when the kids weren’t looking.

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A Modern Discourse on Life: Discourse I – On the Treatment of Others

December 15, 2012

I. On The Treatment of Others: by: Stephen Pasquini We must make learning our greatest priority in all things. This includes people. We should not judge one another, but seek to make learning our goal. When you feel the need to judge I ask that you stop and learn instead. If someone treats you poorly, […]

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The Improvement of the Mind By Isaac Watts 1821 (Free)

December 14, 2012
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Seneca, Letters and Philosophy – The Pasquini Family

December 14, 2012

I am reading Seneca: Letters From a Stoic. This was written in the year 64. What is amazing is the wisdom that he imparted as he neared death. How pertinent it was then, how pertinent it is today. I have decided to go back and read some of the “self-help” books of ancient times. And […]

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Precious and Small

October 28, 2012

I was going through some old pictures this morning when I found this one of Lucca in 2010. A reminder of how time passes, of how we need to enjoy those moments while they happen. Looking back I am so glad I remember the smell of that day, the texture of the pumpkins. How much […]

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Weathering the Storm – Hurricane Sandy, Santo Domingo, Saying Goodbye!

October 27, 2012

Today – October 26, 2012 – Hurricane Sandy – Dominican Republic It is amazing how quickly things can change from vacation mode to survival mode. I wish I could have taken pictures but out of fear of ruining my iPhone (from the rain) I am going to be left explaining through words alone. I did […]

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Warning – Reflections In This Mirror May Be Distorted!

October 24, 2012
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About 1.5 months ago I had a surfing accident that left a scar on my face. It is about 1 inch long on my cheek. It didn’t heel as I would have liked, it left an indentation on my face that is quite noticeable. I have been doing a lot of work to overcome this.  Facial […]

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Santo Domingo and Las Tarrenas – Thoughts on the Road

October 23, 2012
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Today I woke up before the roosters. I decided to open my windows and let in the fresh air. There is a ton of stuff to do here in La Terrenas but my inclination is to do none of them. This morning I am brewing a cup of coffee and I just downloaded a new […]

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The deception…

October 4, 2012

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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