On Being 29

Hello avid readers,

I turned 29 last month. It feels a little weird saying it out loud but it’s the truth. Here I am in the last year of my 20s trying to take advantage of everything I can at this age. It’s hard to believe it but ten years ago I was living in Jerusalem and having the year of my life. As I look back, I have to stop and wonder if there is anything I would have done differently and the answer is no. I know I made some mistakes along the way they taught me everything I needed to know so that I could became the man I am today.

I’m not perfect by any means but I try to do what’s right. I’m not sure what this year will bring for my life but I’m hopeful that things will continue to improve. I have been writing for a newspaper in print lately….something that some people never thought I would have happen. When people say that you can’t do it: Don’t listen.  (Be sure to check out my latest articles in the credentials section of the page.)

 

My name is Matt and I write.

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L’Shana Tova!!!!!!!!!

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Hello Everyone!

Hey everyone!

I hope that everyone is doing fantastic. I’ve been pretty busy over here in Washington working hard writing for a bunch of places. I even got to visit a farm for an article I wrote for a local newspaper! (Thanks for the hospitality Caruso Farm!) I’ve been getting into vlogging. Here’s an example below:

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In other news I’ve been trying out this drink called Shakeology. It’s a tasty way to get all the nutrients you need to fuel yourself through the day. I’m happy to say that I am fully recovered from the car accident and am slimming down while gaining strength once more.

I have a lot of big plans ahead for the month. First I’m heading down to San Francisco for a wedding and then it’s off to Hawaii for the LOST 2014 Convention and Rosh Hashanah. I’m stoked.

My name is Matt and I write.

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For the Sake of Zion I will Not be Silent

Hey avid readers.

I hope that everyone is staying cool during these hot summer months. Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’re aware of everything that’s been going on lately in the Middle East. I’ve been following the news as I regularly Skype with my friends living in Israel and it amazes me of how uneven the reporting has been.

Yes. It absolutely has sucked for the civilians in Gaza. I feel their pain as they are caught in the crossfire. However, it is Hamas that is to blame for their plight through their network of tunnels that would have led to a major terrorism plot on the Jewish New Year and endless rocket bombardments. Sadly Hamas intentionally sets up their launch sites in the middle of civilian centers making the chance of crossfire all the more likely.

Here is an exclusive video released by FRANCE 24 English that was posted online once the reporters were safely out of Gaza and away from threats to not share such news:

At the same time the people denouncing Israel without understanding that the people there have been under constant threat ignore the massacre of Christians in Syria and Iraq by the Islamic State. I will not show the footage on my blog but take my word for it: I’ve seen some of it and it’s pretty nasty. Will the international community stand silent while the real danger of the Middle East continues to grow into a force that will disrupt the region more than Israel defending itself ever could? Sadly, the answer is likely yes.

I’m signing off by sharing this lovely cover filmed from within an Israeli bomb shelter.

My name is Matt and I write.

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Stressful Clients

Hey avid readers,

Freelancing can be a stressful endeavor from time to time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to deal with people who don’t know their left hand from their right. Out of a professional courtesy I won’t get into specifics but here’s something important to remember: Not everyone is going to like your work. There, I said it. Understand that and keep writing anyway. I just wanted to get that out there. Much of my writing is on other websites these days but I’m glad to have this space to scribble my thoughts.

While I was reading up on how to handle difficult clients; I found a rather funny website that I recommend you check out. It made me laugh after a stressful day.

My name is Matt and I write.

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A Pair of Poems

The Beach

Walk along a peaceful beach

Children happy making sand castles

Pebbles strewn from places all over

Joyous crowds drink from bottles

Palm trees sway gently throughout the day

Water crashes against the shore

Memories are made here every day

Kodak moments happen here

Enjoy the sun shining from above

Apple Tree

Apple tree sways in a field

Children sit beneath giant branches

The stories this tree could tell

Lovers ponder what will happen next

Sons and daughters laugh all night

Sign of comfort through generations

Juicy apples high above

Hold on tight and climb up branches firm

Throw apples into baskets

Savor taste of apples so juicy

Remember the fun at the beach

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Happy Memorial Day

Hello avid readers!

I wanted to wish everyone a happy memorial day. Today I went to a ceremony at the local retirement home for old soldiers that is nearby my house. I had the pleasure of speaking with a 94-year-old gentleman who had served as a Marine in the South Pacific both during WWII and during the post war occupation forces. This kind old man saw things in his life that most of us who haven’t seen war can’t imagine. His service was summed up nicely by his statement that “There were some good others and some days that were more…difficult.”

Today let us pause and reflect on the men and women who fell in the name of freedom and democracy and remember that no matter where we stand on politics; this is one country.

My name is Matt and I write.

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A Simple Message for my Readers

Smile_have_a_nice_day_sign

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Never Surrender

Hello avid readers.

This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. There are so many places to visit and so little time. I know way too many people who don’t even think about exploring everything that our world has to offer. Too often all they focus on is the darkness that some people bring upon others but forget that life is also beautiful. It is what you make of it. Stop feeling sorry about how difficult life can be and pull yourself up and do what you want. Don’t let anything stop you from doing what you want. To be frank; those who say you can’t are nothing more than jealous people who want to drag you down with them. Don’t let that happen my friends!

If I listened to everyone who said I couldn’t….I  wouldn’t be an Eagle Scout.  I wouldn’t be a published writer. I wouldn’t have my Masters Degree.  Stop listening to the naysayers of life and be who you really want to be!

As Dr Seuss once said “Those who matter don’t mind. Those who mind don’t matter.”

Life is an adventure so make one happen.

If you could go anywhere in the world; where would it be and why?

My name is Matt and I write.

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Just Saying Hey

Hello avid readers,

I’ll admit to not writing on here nearly as often as I should. I’ve been pretty busy working on my freelance writing. Rest assured, that I am definitely A-Okay. It was a long winter and I’m very glad that it’s nearly Spring. Here’s a fun question. I’ll try to write something more interesting next time.

If you were an animal, which would be?

 

My name is Matt and I write.

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