Monday, October 3, 2011

Starting today Up From the Ashes moves to its new home at

Friday, September 30, 2011


Starting Monday the blog will finally make the move to

My attempts to start a web magazine about building community through personal development at that address has been waylaid by time and scheduling conflicts with the writers.

I will be looking for a few other bloggers to help share the space, so if you write on topics of personal growth, compassion, community or personal finance and would like to join up with drop me an email at

The content at the new site will not vary that greatly from The Ashes at first. The main reason for the change is the switch to WordPress and the need for a change.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Live That Way

The point of yesterday's post was to fight back against this idea I have seen a lot lately: the idea that we are not special, that we are just like everyone else, or as it is usually put, we are not unique snow flakes.

For me this attitude degrades the human condition. We are unique snowflakes, special, different and living lives with there own triumphs and challenges. And just because everyone is special does not in anyway reduce the importance of our own specialness.

However, with being special comes a burden. We have to live up to who we are. We have to be willing to question the rules of the world that seem to conflict with our values and the supposed values of the community we live in.

If we are special we must live that way.