Kayaking Upstream

@levydr

It has almost been a year to the day that Anton Renna, S.J., passed away. Fr. Renna was my Mr. Keating. He was the one who taught me to love Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, Whitman, Walden and Lord knows how much else. He nicknamed me Puck, he convinced me to go to BC, he wrote my recommendation and encouraged my arts and my writing and that even a lanky guy could be a leader. He is, and will ever be, as much my captain as Mr. Williams. Somewhere, I feel both are Yawping across heaven somewhere. Probably together. An agelss, aging priest and the closest thing to a cartoon character we ever saw in real life.

I have longer stories. I’ll save those.

…But if, at the end of your time as an undergrad, you haven’t learned that oftentimes you find great wisdom in shitty people, or just that there might be some value in hearing what someone you don’t like or respect might have to say, what on earth have you learned?

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So thank you Boston. Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for kicking ass. Thank you for proving that nothing will ever stop us from being who we are. Like Papi said, this is our city, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bauman

(Source: bostonherald.com)

To describe the PR business as a waste of money based on a discussion with one clearly cynical internal PR person is to miss the realignment of marketing priorities where earned media and social media actually provide the runway of trust that allows advertising to work effectively.” -Richard Edelman’s smart y’all. 

http://www.edelman.com/p/6-a-m/fundamental-lack-understanding/

Friends, sitcom nerds, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury How I Met Your Mother, not to praise it. 
The longing that men do loves after them;
The good is oft interred with their boning;
So let it be with HIMYM. The noble Bays/Thomas
Hath told you HIMYM was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
And grievously hath HIMYM answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Bays/Thomas and the rest, —
For Bays/Thomas were honorable-wait-for-it-men;
So are they all, all honorable men, —
Come I to speak in HIMYM funeral.
It was my friend, faithful and really screwed up how that whole thing happened at the end but we probably should have seen it coming since this was not a story of love as we age but the love we have as we grow and just to me:
But Bays/Thomas say they were ambitious;
And I have no intention of watching How I Met Your Dad.

hodgman:

Benjamin Rivers snuck this illustration of Tintin on a Tauntaun into the comments section of Judge John Hodgman Verdict No. 152.
Please consider donating to the #MaxFunDrive HERE, meanwhile, or you will ALSO SMELL BAD ON THE INSIDE. 
That is all. 
benjaminrivers:

The Adventures of Tintin and his Taun TaunI drew this for an art show this fall. It seemed to get around a bit (showing up on the Comics Beat, among other places), so I thought I’d post this here.

hodgman:

Benjamin Rivers snuck this illustration of Tintin on a Tauntaun into the comments section of Judge John Hodgman Verdict No. 152.

Please consider donating to the #MaxFunDrive HERE, meanwhile, or you will ALSO SMELL BAD ON THE INSIDE. 

That is all. 

benjaminrivers:

The Adventures of Tintin and his Taun Taun
I drew this for an art show this fall. It seemed to get around a bit (showing up on the Comics Beat, among other places), so I thought I’d post this here.