Merry Christmas     Zambales iCare '09                                              The Blob,  Vol. 4, Issue 11, December 2009
Wednesday December 2nd, 2009

 Merry Christmas One and All!

This is a tribute to all you Dr. Carruthers grads. Cheers to all of you and may you all have the most awesome Christmas season full of love and adventure!
I remember there was a gang of us who thought the music in the cowboy Christmas was so cool. I think it's especially wonderful that these vids we watched were created in 1963! We were watching them 20 years after they were made, and the Christmas cracker is still artistic today.
This has been quite a year for me. It's started with one of the best New Year's of my life and it has ended with more maturity, brokeness, happiness and love than I could have hoped.
I finally got in my first trek in the Philippines this past week-end and it was spectacular. How I wish so

dearly that we would take care of the Earth's beauty in a united fashion. Our school held two viewings of the movie 'The Age of Stupid' on Tuesday. I was unfortunately unable to attend, but I've heard enough facts in some of the podcasts I've listened to in the past months to know that danger is lurking. What shall I do?
While ascending Mt. Pulag, I was once again asking myself why I keep going up mountains. At the top, I was reminded again how beautiful the view is and the trail going down was so much gentler and so fun to descend amongst such beautiful scenery. It also struck me in talking with my guide that certain personalities seem to
excel at mountain hiking. Going up a mountain requires more mental gymnastics than it does physical strength. The mountain hikers are the people who will truck through ups and downs without blinking an eye. Slow and steady, step by step, one day at a time. Going up a mountain forces me to live in the present and it is so surreal, especially because I love living in the future and the past. The funny thing is, though, that the main reason I end up hiking mountains overseas is because that's where the beauty lies. I'd love to do a level trail but they are so rare.
As we close out 2009, I go back to one of my life quotes: 'Life is hard.' May we face it in peace and love as we enter 2010. Blessings and love to all of you my friends and comrades on this journey of life.
Saturday December 12th, 2009
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