Mi Amor

This morning, I finished The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. A book about Heaven and Hell, the author takes us through a […]

Too Much

“Aaron, you’re too much.” I remember hearing those words, poured like a poison into my ears. They stung me in […]

A New Day

When I was a young boy, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’, because […]

Departure

It’s been a while since I’ve penned a blog. Usually when time goes by without an entry, a lot is […]

Rockstar

Earlier this week, I was listening to one of my favorite artists, TobyMac, who I’ve listened to since I was […]

Wild Heart

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. […]

Amazing Grace

When I first started my entrepreneurial journey, I bought a used copy of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. […]

Rise.

For many years, I’ve stared at an empty screen and watched as my words filled the blank canvas with their […]

Dear Shame

Recently, I’ve been reading through Scary Close, by Donald Miller. The book covers the topic of intimacy, vulnerability, and accountability. The book […]

What is Love?

Over five years ago, I found myself in a place more unique than any of my experiences. One of my […]

Thirty 3

It’s a week until my 33rd lap around the sun. 33 years-0ld. In some ways, I feel like I’m just […]

Dandelions…and a cloud of dust

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want […]

The Original Badass: Jesus

In 1980, the world watched as a legend came to the end of his career. Muhammad Ali, having dominated the […]

Divide and Conquer

There’s never a great way to begin a blog. At least, I’ve never found a compelling way to do so. […]

Hero

When the house fell asleep there was always a light and it fell from the page to the eyes of […]

I have a dream

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I have a dream” speech before the nation, where […]

You’ve got a friend

One of my fondest memories as a child was playing with my little brother, Joshua. At the time, Toy Story had just […]

Renaissance

Toward the end of his life, Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the greatest minds of all time, began to pen […]

Champion

I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Kirk Douglas (1916-2020), who was my favorite childhood Hollywood hero; […]

The City

On a ride home from the office, I chatted with my Lyft driver, who shared stories from his family, upbringing, […]

The world as I see it;

The world as I see it;  Blink. It’s Friday morning. I look at my phone to see 6:27am. An early […]

3-2-1-2020

With another new year around the corner, it’s time to look back and distill down a few lessons I encountered […]

Dandelions

It seems like a lifetime ago I remember listening to the radio (yes, FM radio) and hearing a catchy tune. […]

Beautiful Day

“Good morning, Sister J. It’s a beautiful day today.” “Every day is a beautiful day, Aaron.” With the holiday season […]

Starry Night

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to go grocery shopping with my older sister, Lydia. Strolling through the aisles of Aldi and […]

Dear Pain

Hey Dr. Seuss Hope you’re having a swell day Today feels a bit broken I wondered what you’d say The […]

The Master’s Touch

Several years ago, I was saddened to hear news of the passing (link) of a man who taught me a […]

Chrysalis

One of the most beautiful transformations to occur in nature is the morphing of the caterpillar into a butterfly. The […]

The forgotten sermon

It seems like the world is going crazy these days. Truth has been replaced with alternative facts, children manufacture $350 […]

Hero

“Aaron, always use the right tool for the job.” Wisdom from my Dad, harshly given after I broke one of […]

Reflections from Ohio

It’s been nearly a decade since I packed my life into the trunk of my BMW and set course for […]

Dental Floss and Diamonds

There’s a saying that ‘diamonds are forever’ originally propagated by a James Bond film. My own variation of this phrase […]

Yet

There’s a saying in the bible, which goes: “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Growing up […]

Home

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back […]

With Love, Bali <3

At the start of 2019, I didn’t entirely know where the year would lead me. Freshly terminated from a job […]

Smartphoneageddon

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about technology and its’ impact on human beings. Specifically, I’ve been watching the impact […]

Behind the smile

When I was younger, I wanted to grow up. The present never seemed like it was the right place for […]

A new chapter

When I was in my early 20’s, something inside of me told me to leave Ohio. I didn’t know what […]

I want it. Now!

In 2015, I made 362 orders through Amazon. Mind you, this was my number of orders – not items. It was a […]

Answering the “Why”

Note from Aaron: Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a class at my little brothers high school, in […]

Time

I once saw a short film, which featured the story of a watchmaker and his young son. The story followed […]

Glass Houses

One of my favorite movie scenes is from the 2008 film, August. In the film, we follow the main character […]

Physicality

One lesson I’ve learned in my life is that the art of creating things can be a hair-pulling process. Before […]

With Love, Pain

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received was from my mentor, Nate. He once told me: ”Aaron, […]

Tech + T-shirts

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945) Recently, congresswoman Katie […]

Sunrise

“Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usualy are.” It seems […]

For Steve

Of the six children in the Plaat family, there is one for which I am especially thankful; my big brother, […]

Confessions of an Ex-christian

I have to admit, this blog has been long overdue. For many years, I’ve bottled up these words; afraid to […]

Garuda

A traditional figure in Indonesian culture is the Garuda; a mythical bird, often seen carrying a serpent in its’ talons. […]

Joy

Ancient Egyptians believed you were asked a series of 42 questions (link) upon entering the Hall of Judgement; the location […]

BLACK TAR

As a follow-up to my previous blog, I’d like to share a poem I recently received from a friend of […]

Even odds

“Cor, my boy, if you feel scared to the point where your stomach is playing tricks on you, you’ve just […]

Tools for the job

Nearly twelve years ago, I was sitting in a stark, white room in Columbus, Ohio. Sitting across from me was […]

twenty-nineteen

It’s 2019 and I find myself, once again, in New York City. It’s been ten years since I (briefly) lived […]

Sharks and termination

During the war, Opa was stationed on an island near Papua New Guinea; Jefman Island. Used as an air base […]

Linda’s holiday gift

Early this morning, I walked through the rainy streets of downtown Portland. In the morning hours, the streets begin to […]

Reflections

I recently chatted with somebody about the decade-long journey I’ve had as an entrepreneur. The years have been rich with […]

The Brotherhood

There’s a saying in the scriptures about brothers; behold how good and how blessed it is for brothers to dwell […]

Thirty1

In 2009, I stood in the middle of a cold cemetery in Lockbourne, OH. I was soon to leave for a […]

My first 5k

Up until my late 20’s, working out was an important part of my life. That changed pretty dramatically when I […]

Matches and campfires

One of my favorite stories is a short poem, called “The little match girl” by Hans Christian Anderson. The story […]

Quarter life

With another birthday in my 30’s coming at the end of the month, I’ve been thinking a lot about my […]

10am at Tuttle Pool

Our family grew up with a very competitive spirit. From board games to arguments, we siblings enjoyed proving ourselves to […]

Sunday at the Shelter

I once had the pleasure of working with a counselor in Dallas, TX. She was a sweet woman who made […]

The L out of SLAM

Note: I started the note about Julia and Josh before this piece – then felt I should complete this piece […]

Napoleon the Cat

My adult years looked a lot more like a roller coaster than a smooth yacht ride; prone to extreme ups […]

Learning to Fly

Once upon an average morn An average boy was born for the second time Prone upon the altar there He […]

Table Time

For a king or queen, battles are fought on the battlefield by knights in shining armor; riding gallantly to protect […]

The Hermit Crab Incident

Large families tend to carry a certain sense of camaraderie; everybody looks out for the other, or looks out for […]

The Boop Shot

One of my favorite ways to get to know somebody is to ask them about their greatest fear. It’s the […]

The Beer I Never Had

A lot of things changed after July 29th. I found myself caught somewhere in the middle of being a boy […]

Superman Flies Away

In Iron John: A Book About Men, Robert Bly discusses the wound given to young children by their fathers; a […]

The day I met Superman

Every child should be so fortunate to have a favorite memory with their parents – or the people that raised […]

The Plaatmobile

The older I get, the more I realize how rich memories are. They’re a treasure known only to the one […]

The Plaatmobile

The older I get, the more I realize how rich memories are. They’re a treasure known only to the one […]

Chinese Water Torture

“You can choose your friends but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter […]

The Gerber Miracle

As a child in a family of eight, I was raised with a different perspective than a lot of the […]

Suicide and handbags

This week, the world learned of the suicide death of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I was surprised to […]

Grudges & Love

I recently read an article which described love as the “astrolabe of the seeker”. For the uneducated, an astrolabe is […]

Gratitude and airline delays

 ‘I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back […]

The offering

As a child, I remember hearing stories of about the ‘widow’s mite’ as an example of sacrifice. The story goes […]

Mother’s love

I remember a line from the movie The Bucket List, a tale about two men with terminal cancer, which made […]

Wounds to fly

Robert Bly tells the medieval story of a boy who would become king, in his masterpiece Iron John: A Book […]

Sandy

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that every moment can be full of meaningful intersections that make you […]

Memories

The last ten years have felt akin to living many lives. The decade brought a mixture of places, faces, times, […]

A mother’s love

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It […]

You are exactly where you need to be…

Several years ago, I sat in a comfortable armchair in the living room of one of my best friends in […]

A new day

Exactly one year ago, I sat in the lobby of a hostel in Montevideo, Uruguay. The internet speed was mediocre, […]

More than enough

It’s been nearly a decade since I purchased a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go! I opened the (used) […]

Go North, young man

As a young man, I remember reading from The Empty Hourglass, the book written by my Opa to chronicle his life. While […]

the appointment

When I was a very young child, I remember going to the local recreation center to be vaccinated. Those times […]

Touch your toes

“Aaron, if you can touch your toes, I’ll get you a pony.” A ten year-old me remembers hearing the words […]

yokes and valleys

There’s a saying in the bible about being ‘yoked equally’ with others. Earlier in the afternoon, I was thinking about […]

Life’s dance

What if we could rise up from where we are rooted, meet each other like a long lost harmony Dance […]

30: What I’ve learned

1. Talk with your family Your family is your role model for your other relationships. Your family relationships can be […]

20’s

“Your 20’s are for f*cking up and being able to write it all off as a learning lesson in your […]

Mr. Anderson

I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a beloved family friend, Mr. Anderson. Ed was one of […]

Honor and Roadkill

“Honor thy mother and thy father and you shall live a long life” I grew up hearing this phrase as […]

Words and wrenches

“I never take on a restoration project without a donor vehicle. You never know when you’re going to need an […]

Healing Hands Pt. 2

My last blog was an introduction to the passion I’ve discovered for massage healing. It was really nice to jot […]

Healing Hands

It seems like only days ago that I encountered a woman that would change my life (for the better) at […]

Miigle+

Earlier this year, I took a journey to Tijuana, Mexico, to visit an orphanage operated by the Corazon De Vida […]

Allbirds

It’s been a while since I’ve written a product review/suggestion. This is related to the ceasing of my old binge-purchase […]

Morality and unicorns

Morality. Does it exist? Do unicorns exist? If I asked you what a unicorn looked like, you’d be able to […]

Seeds

When I was a little boy, I remember shopping with my mother for seeds to plant in our family garden. […]

Why I design shirts

explaining the #resistance A few weeks ago, I was chatting with my older sister, Lydia, who asked me to write […]

I am the problem

I am the problem. It doesn’t take much sense to see the outside world and realize there’s something very, very […]

Sister Jane

“It’s a beautiful day, Sister J.” “Every day is a beautiful day, Aaron.” This is a blog I hoped I […]

The hug

When was the last time you hugged your friends? I’m reminded of a question found in Opa’s book; “have you […]

siblings

Happy International Siblings day! Apparently today is the day for siblings. While I think it’s important to think of every body as […]

war

Come in hot, boys. The enemy is all around. During this past weekend, I was witness to a sight I […]

watching clouds

When was the last time you stopped to watch the clouds? My Opa had a way with his words. He […]

Unconditional 2.0

As a millennial, I’ve been blessed to see the world from several angles. It seems like only days ago that […]

hello, ego

In the past few years, I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic of the ego. There are a […]

feelings

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness […]

responsibilities

I recently chatted with a longtime friend of mine. We’re pushing a decade of friendship, and have seen each other […]

Masterpiece[s]

This morning, I was riding the BART to San Francisco and stumbled across a few thoughts I felt were worth […]

Fixing things

Per usual, I find it harder to come up with a beginning line for this blog. Happy Hump day. When […]

Change

Alice: How long is forever? Sometimes, just one second. The truth can be a hard pill to swallow. Whenever I […]

Crazy thing called “love”

Life is a journey through choice, consequence, and the battle between learning from our lessons and painful recovery through failure. […]

Trust, faith, love

There are some weeks that seem to float by without a care. Other weeks feel heavy and exhausting. This past […]

Connection

Joyous, blissful moment, sitting on the porch, you and I two forms, two faces, yet one soul together, you and […]

Boxes

This week, I was having a chat with Steve about the healing process behind emotions and our past memories. “In […]

Joy

Yesterday, I sat at an outdoor restaurant and spent an hour observing the flow of activity happening around me. It […]

Letting go

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night. Let me think. Was I the same when I got up […]

Identity

I recently heard a saying that in order to remove a demon of its power, you must learn the name […]

A few of my favorite things

I’ve spent the last three weeks traveling in the beautiful country of Uruguay. Each week has been spent in a […]

Arrive[d]

This weekend, I found myself laying by a moonlit pool and staring at the stars. In some ways, looking up […]

Vantage Point

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to […]

Riches

A little fun fact: it’s incredibly hard to start the first few words of a blog. Most entries are spawned […]

Reflection

My heart was very heavy to hear of the tragedy that occurred in Oakland. Over 36 have been confirmed dead […]

Day by day

As a writer, the way in which you process your life is a unique way of experiencing the world. You […]

Counting Stars

  During this past weekend, I sat down to collect a few thoughts that had been running through my mind. […]

Giving Thanks

I’ve heard it said that we ought to be thankful every day and have one day, per year, to complain. […]

The Sea Star

Since as far back as I remember, I’ve made a conscious decision to become a regular at as many coffeeshops, restaurants, and […]

plans

Having just turned 29, I’ve been putting some thought into the past decade of my life and evaluating some of […]

Dayenu

I gave several attempts at writing a birthday blog to jot down a few harvested thoughts from the previous year. […]

Breath

“I only have one of you…” This weekend, I was sitting on the patio with Azar, enjoying the beautiful and […]

28th

“In the endless universe there has been nothing new, nothing different. What has appeared exceptional to the minute mind of […]

The day Michael Jackson went to Heaven

Have you ever stopped to think about the idea of Heaven?  I sometimes just think of a place with no more […]

Eye of the storm

Lately, I’ve been pondering the subject of God. There are so many different viewpoints about this topic, I find myself […]

Home is where the heart is

I recently read a book called God’s Debris, by Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert. The book was so compelling, I had to read […]

Intimacy

Every day, I wait at the Lake Merritt BART station for my morning ride to work on San Francisco’s public […]

Hourglass

On Sunday, I like to look back and spend some time in reflection of the previous week/month/year, as well as […]

Debris

During an afternoon chat at the office, I laughed with several co-workers about the perceived value of money we held […]

Compassion

With 5% of my laptop battery left, I’m running against the clock for this blog. Laziness (for a charger) tends […]

Checkpoint

I brought to my attention that my writing has diminished in the past few weeks. While it is one of […]

Reflections

The past few weeks have carried a few milestones in my life, worth noting. 7/5/16 marked the 1-year anniversary of […]

[dis]connect

I’ve found that as I grow older, the constant change I find is in the perspectives I gain from the […]

One year later: SF in review

Since it’s been just over one year since my move to SF, I thought it would be nice to jot […]

It’s for you

 “Its for us, Yegie!” I exclaimed, while looking at a beautiful sunset cradle the clouds of another beautiful Oakland sky. […]

Superman & Lois

The story of Superman spins the tale of a young baby that falls to earth, is adopted by a loving […]

Paid In Full

During an audition for a play, two men were competing for the main role. It was decided the role would […]

Time

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of […]

Standing

As a writer, the world presents itself to me in ways that I translate through the strokes of a keyboard. […]

Servant

In Robert Bly’s book, Iron John, he writes of the transformation a young boy makes as he descends from the heights of […]

Serving

On the steps by Lakeside Chalet, near Lake Merritt, there are words written on the ground: “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” When […]

Shrug

In my college years, I read heavily into the writing of Ayn Rand; the author and creator of objectivism. Objectivism, […]

Surrender

Last Sunday, our group was arriving to brunch to celebrate Michael’s birthday. As we were arriving,  we lost our seats at […]

Inner voice

There’s a story in the Hebrew scriptures, telling the story of Moses. Upon receiving the message from God, Moses began […]

Parades & Playoffs

Last night, I sat in the living room to watch the golden state warriors game. (Dub nation – at least, […]

Dive

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” There’s a saying in the bible that […]

Charity + Love

“Life isn’t fair. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.” I recently read an article that discussed the  process […]

Weekends With Azar

Last year, I moved to San Francisco, after four years in Dallas, TX. What brought me here was a job […]

Conversion

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back […]

Jesus

I remember reading a book in college called Jesus With Dirty Feet. It talked about Jesus in a way that made sense […]

Charity

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding […]

Alma mater

Today, we  celebrate Mother’s Day and recognize the wonderful gift we have in our mother. I’m personally very thankful to have a […]

Unquenchable Thirst

I’ve read many writers describe “thirst for a water that will quench them.” Sometimes it is found in the lustful […]

Massage & Love

During my first trip to Burning Man, I learned how to give a massage, from a massage therapist. Since then, […]

More Than Enough

Have you ever stood in front of a mirror and counted your imperfections? I’m sure you have, as have we […]

Why you haven’t fallen in love…yet

My mother once told a story about the day her father took the family to the local ice cream parlor. As […]

Heart of a Warrior

I used to begin every blog with “Featured image by Deviantart” with a link to the photo used. For a […]

The Power Of Gratitude

  Gratitude is a very simple gift to give yourself and those around you. Two powerful words can change your […]

Remember

From the beginning of time, there has been a voice inside of us that whispers for us to remember…remember. It’s […]

Flying Free

Today, I’d like to tell you a story you already know, about a character you’ve met, in a place you’ve […]

Yet

Modern schooling has trained us to view our individual progress as a vertical score; A-F at any given time. This […]

2015 In Review: Top 10 Changes

With the new year brings a time of resolutions, promises, parties, and reflection on the previous year. Rather than write […]

Lessons from a screaming baby

As a writer, I often find myself uncovering snippets of thought that snowball into fully-written blog posts. With time, these […]

Speaking with intention

While we are not full-swing into the holiday[s] season, one topic comes to mind that has been heavy on my […]

I’m not sorry.

As the new year is approaching and we are working on creating resolutions, I like to reflect on the year […]

Napo

Tonight, I crossed an intersection of understanding; realizing span in which I’ve traveled – the long road ahead towards a […]

Wolf

A wolf and a sheep came across each other in a pasture. The sheep asked the wolf “What do you […]

Free

….and there you were. Eyes right across from mine. the universe eclipses in this moment Time laps. laps. laps. being. […]

Fear

Inside of me is a heart that longs for every ounce of goodness life has to offer, without the confines […]

Compassion

Compassion is one of the biggest gifts my parents bequeathed me as a child. I can’t ever remember receiving a […]

Lessons My Mother Taught me (Pt. 2)

Last year, I posted a blog series in preparation for my Mom’s birthday. This year, I’m doing a follow-up. I’m […]

good

Throughout the years, our family has had quite an interesting journey through this thing called “life”. In some cases, there […]

better

concrete paths of glittering diamonds a sharp leather throne thrown the king raises his scepter tumbling down his thrown away […]

simplicity

One of my favorite terms in the world of design is the word ‘restraint’. I first heard the term in […]

Entrepreneur State of Mind

I recently read a blog (link) that focused on the topic of entrepreneurship. Knowing the author – and being the […]

forty7e

Ironically, these past few months have been the most sparse I’ve been with blog writing. I’m finding that sometimes we […]

Round trip

They’re a saying “life imitates art” and I have to agree with new depth and appreciation as I’ve gotten older. […]

be

This is probably the longest I’ve gone without blogging. Even in the dense forests of Northern Laos, I took time […]

Red glare

On my last trip to Washington, D.C., we visited one of the Smithsonian museums and walked through the display for […]

wheeled

  Over the past few years, I’ve watched countless interviews with famous entrepreneurs that have accumulated a lot of wealth. […]

Bleed

In other news, there seems to have been a drastic change of plans. For my blog, life, location, and state […]

Dear Society

Note From Aaron: This will be the last ‘personal’ blog I write publicly, and will be temporarily shutting down AaronPlaat.com to […]

180

There continue to be a number of items in my life that have had their perspective changed. Some of the […]

twent7

“I don’t know” The above line has saved – and ended – the lives of many people. The points in […]

sunset

Middle-child. That uncle. Prodigal son. Free-spirit. There’s a semi-connected trend I’ve seen among people. Life continues to depend the depth […]

Stumble

Their lives often follow a pattern of defeat, recognition, redemption. They have moments of pain and suffering. But they turn […]

Jerry

9:03am – my phone alerts me to recite 3 things I’m grateful for. It’s a habit I’ve recently started doing […]

by association

One of things I’ll always remember about my father was the note he had written on his desk, that said: […]

frame

I once heard a pastor talk about his trick to having successful sermons. His secret? “Break everything down into the […]

back

Hollow moments of happiness filled with the chasing hands of time; eternally looping in a frantic chase to outpace and […]

superstar

Young Composer: “Herr Mozart, I am thinking of writing a symphony. How should I get started?” Mozart: “A symphony is […]

Sunset

Life reminds me of an hourglass; constantly draining away, one piece of sand at a time. Our life can be […]

Dream

There’s something incredible about our dreams; being able to close our eyes on the day-to-day reality we experience, only to […]

Rise

I could tell you of my adventures… Life continues to provide a plethora of experiences I never thought I’d see […]

Words

“My life is in the hands of any fool who is able to make me lose my temper” One of […]

Don’t Do

I woke up this morning with a voice in my head.  A bodybuilding motivational track was on repeat. “Forget everything […]

Up-down

I recently watched a documentary about Nikola Tesla; world-renowned scientist, visionary and inventor. He seemed to have lived many lifetimes […]

Young innovation

On my website has been the phrase “Committed to success through integrity and innovation” for several years. One might find […]

do your time

There’s a certain trend that desperately needs to be reevaluated, redefined, or simply forgotten. “Doing your time” is the simple […]

Be Careful

1.3 Million – Annual Deaths From Car Accidents 480,000 – Annual Deaths From Cigarettes 300,000 – Annual Deaths From Obesity […]

Overflow

Earlier this year, I realized my mind was a dwelling place for negative energy and thought. There was a part […]

Better

Sometimes you blink and wake up to find the day has gone by without notice. Other times, you blink and […]

this way

Supposedly, it’s better to have ‘loved and lost’ than to have ‘never loved at all.’ It irritates me when people […]

Father Son

Sometimes you don’t know how to start a blog. Other times, you question your starting sentence too much; wondering whether […]

Pretty Ones

Life tends to happen when we engage. I’ve had experiences that never would have happened were I to have hit […]

identity

Coltrane pouring through my speakers. Jazz, baby. Jazz.  Twenty-seven. 27. Flip through pages of GQ and it’s easy to figure […]

Games

Dear ______ (That’s us), I’ve been thinking about Us. That’s “Us” with a capital “U”. The story of us. How […]

Tumbleweed

I was tickled pink to be able to restore an old hard drive I had that contained a backup of […]

Before You Quit

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was flipping through the Robert Kiyosaki book, Before You Quit Your Job in the […]

Reach

I suppose I ought to thank the universe for the timing of this blog entry. Grammarly is already screaming at […]

Awake

I woke up. More than any other quote, I’ve repeated the quote from Alice In Wonderland (I could tell you of my […]

Affirmative

Auto-correct and pre-served cups of k-coffee. Someday our kids won’t even know what it’s like to make a typo or […]

Adult Siblings

One of the things I’m coming to appreciate as an adult is the relationship I have between my siblings. In […]

smoked mirrors

You’ll be hard-pressed to find somebody who loves the internet as much as I do. I mean, I really love the […]

Wolves and Sheep

As somebody who grew up in the church environment, the topic of sheep was not a foreign concept to my […]

Be Here

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of […]

Blink

Wake up in a fuzzy bathrobe with coffee brewing in the kitchen. None of that fancy french press coffee. Black […]

Beautiful

Slathering on anti-aging cream and disgustedly looking at a packet of heart-healthy popped corn kernels. Leftover pizza looks far more […]

December

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where […]

Family

Sitting in the terminal at CMH, I’m pausing to reflect on this past trip to Columbus. By a long shot, […]

20-20

Over the years, I’ve heard many various definitions and lessons concerning the topic of integrity. As I’ve grown older, it’s […]

Heart Is

Ohio. Home? Home. Not home. Ohio. Every time I return to visit my family, life seems to be undergoing a […]

A Compliment for Parents

While I’ve written several blogs referencing the gratitude I have for the parenting I received as a child – sprinkled […]

Grow[n] Up

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” At the age of 27, there’s a part of me […]

Home

They say “home is where the heart is.” It’s taken a few years to understand what this means. But, I’m […]

Salvation

Reflecting on a conversation I had with my younger brother, in attempts to sell him on the idea of moving […]

December

December is here. And what a December it is turning out to be… I’m hoping there’s a bit of inspiration […]

Thanksgiving

“We’ve got it all wrong. We should be thankful every day, and have one day to complain!” My life is […]

Lies we hear

  I recently sat down with a friend of mine and discussed the lies that we hear from others on […]

Mirror

Some recent conversations I’ve had have involved the subject of ‘mirrors’ and the reflection we see when we look in […]

Turning Point

“Aaron, when you wake up, you need to stand as 10,000. That’s how the world is changed.” I’m standing tall. […]

Corner

“Meet the bell, kid.” When I was younger, I heard the phrase “Show me your friends and I’ll show you […]

Home

Life looks so much different in ‘real life’ than it does on television. In Asia, one of the marketing methods […]

Acceptance

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be […]

Reflection

My beloved blue lobster died this weekend. He recently molted and had everything to look forward to in life. He […]

Forgiveness

It’s easy to say “life is good” when you’ve known no hardship. It’s easy to steer a boat when it […]

Diamond Heart

The world’s most expensive diamond is called the ‘Pink Star’ and sold for a whopping $46M. Think about this for […]

the blocks

A man once said it was time to arrive. Step to the plate and pick up my stride. Life isn’t […]

my way

I believe all of us are on a journey in life. How we choose to pay attention to this idea greatly […]

little ceasar

Hey Blood Brother… Blink. Wake up, Plaat. Wake up, Plaat. Wake up. When I was younger, we took endless pottery […]

storm

It’s a bit interesting how I happened to stumble upon the ‘featured image’ for this blog post. I recently watched […]

true colors

Our yesterday’s seem so much more clear and obvious during the today’s that always follow them. The tomorrow’s continue to […]

community

While I was in Ohio, my brother and I drove drove to a shopping center we had been to hundreds […]

rebirth

Something many people don’t know about the lilac flower is that it releases its strongest scent once it has already […]

Story

When you’re a  young child, every dark closet is capable of being a forbidden kingdom. Every dog is secretly a […]

Dreams

“When all of your wishes are granted, all of your dreams will be destroyed.” I read this quote a very […]

Twenty 7

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly: “but it’s no use going back […]

Unconditional

I grew up hearing the term “unconditional love” on many occasions; preached from behind the pulpit, discussed during “table time” […]

Happiness

One of my [least] favorite childhood movies was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A family classic, I loved every moment of the movie […]

Out of the boat

I recently read an article that discussed the way painful experiences have a way of creating depth in our hearts. […]

Roots

I’ve gotten to know a lot of people who have varying levels of connection with their family. Some are close; […]

Light Weight

With the Mr. Olympia competition coming up, I wanted to jot down a few notes I’ve learned from Kai Greene […]

Brother

Hey Blood Brother… It doesn’t seem that long ago that my brother, Mark, and I were driving along Duvall Road […]

Epic

This morning, I sat down to read the book Epic, a book about the journey of life and our internal desire to […]

Inner Focus

In our face-down-glued-to-our-cellphone culture, it’s very easy to feel as if we are connected to the world; we have instant […]

Gold

“There’s gold to be found in the morning” was a quote I’ve heard many times, in some variant or another. […]

Water Life

Since I was a child, I’ve been obsessed with the ocean and the beautiful life it contains. I’d eagerly listen […]

Heart

Reading the book Iron John: A Book About Men, Robert Bly tells a multitude of stories about folklore, mythology, and poems […]

Right Turn

In the movie 25th Hour, there’s an incredible scene at the close of the movie where Edward Norton’s character flies through his […]

3 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

As the final blog entry of my 3-part “Happy Birthday, Mom” blog set, I wanted to write about three quality […]

Happy Birthday

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!“ Dear […]

Motherly Love

As part of a 3-part string of blogs leading up to my mother’s birthday, I thought it would be nice […]

in my

“We can’t grow outside of relationships.” is a quote I believe to be true. Looking at the relationships I’ve had […]

Happiness

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. […]

lead sails

When you get older, you realize the idea of relativity is seen in more day-to-day situations than you might have […]

Can be

Since the past few blogs I’ve written have been a bit different than my usual ramblings, I thought it would […]

the joy of dogs

It’s been said you can’t trust somebody who doesn’t like dogs. Regardless of your stance on this quote, there’s a […]

barnabas

I’ve been an avid gym rat since the age of 16. I’ll never forget my first ‘real’ experience in the […]

your daughters

While getting ready this morning, it dawned on me that part of parenthood is the belief that you’ve ‘done something […]

we are

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, […]

will tell

“The arrow can’t be shot forward if it isn’t first pulled back” I saw this quote on Facebook and it […]

arrive

It’s been nearly (if not more) three weeks since my server was hit by a very malicious attack that took […]

be love

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where […]

birds flying

“Sleep in peace when the day is done. That’s what I mean” It was around this time, last year, that […]

hands down

Acceptance isn’t something that comes naturally to human beings. Even as children, we’re resisting the delicious chocolate pudding our parents […]

teamd

One of my usual routines involves checking the news on my iPhone. Yahoo news digest makes it incredibly easy to […]

rich

Today has definitely felt like a Monday. In light of server issues and imposing deadlines, I was saddened to see […]

hoppedup

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness…even […]

submission

“Advertising has them chasing cars and clothes. Working jobs we hate, so we can buy sh*t we don’t need.” Chuck […]

meaning

Waking up. I became so used to living a stressful life that demanded I wake up with a racing pulse […]

next

Note From Aaron: For several years after the passing of my Dad, I would write letters to him – on and […]

Winterd

I’ve seen far more people talk about how hard, difficult, and ugly life is, than those who call it beautiful, […]

Horizon

A man told me once that all the bad people Were needed. Maybe not all, but your fingernails You need; […]

farewell

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t […]

It all

One of my favorite moments from Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena is the moment before the last fight of the season; the […]

and proud

Given the number of ads I’ve seen over the past few weeks for the celebration of Father’s Day, I thought […]

best

Fancy victorian lettering and foreign-sounding organic ingredients still don’t cover the fact that I question whether or not the $25 […]

all found

“Raised on MTV…raised on you and me…” Many young men face an unknown enemy they feel the need to strike […]

summer

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Self-control. in christian culture, these are known as the ‘fruits of the spirit’ […]

stepped

“A building has integrity just like a man. And just as seldom.” What has changed most in my life this […]

planted

I once knew an individual, who I will not mention, who prided himself as being a social anthropologist and coining a […]

teardrop

Hey blood brother, you’re one of our own. Your sharp as a razor and your heart is a stone. Hey […]

lost

Watching a documentary about World War II, I’m a bit flustered at the realization that our entire world seems much […]

the one

“Don’t open doors. Kick down walls.” I believe that as we get older, our level of intentional consciousness increases or […]

flashy

“In psychological terms, the issue of man’s survival does not confront his consciousness as an issue of “life or death,” […]

to say

“In the endless universe there has been nothing new, nothing different. What has appeared exceptional to the minute mind of […]

be gold

 Tell me what you know about dreaming, dreaming.  Two trips in a row and I’m left sitting on my porch […]

to go

Home is where the heart is. I’ve never seen this statement to be truer than in the past few weeks […]

calling

I don’t want to lose the moment. Flipping through old family photos, lovingly passed on to me by my mom, […]

on ice

7:16am and I’m wishing i had taken 15 minutes to stop and fill up my rental car with gas before […]

sonrise

If I ever have a son, I’ll want him to feel valued and strong, capable of achieving whatever it is […]

unnatural

Now connected. DIsconnect. One of my favorite images from Calvin and Hobbes involves Calvin kneeling before his television with a bowl […]

saving

“I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back […]

pinn down

I want to create the innovative, interesting, unique, beautiful, and indispensable. Life is far too short to be missed. Yet, […]

clifface

Even the greatest among us were never really original. Most of the originals ended up bankrupt, dead, or excommunicated. She’s […]

How were

‘I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use going back […]

featured stop

Back. Guess who’s back. Whose back. Back. Back. back. Back. Back. Back. Back. Back. Back. Back. it’s time. Time. Time. […]

turn what

Older. Wiser? Older. I’ve been thinking a bit about what it means to be a leader. In the book Where Have […]

Choices. Choices. Choices. I remember one of the first moments I had to myself in Dallas. Sitting on the porch […]

Team

“I could tell you of my adventures yesterday – said Alice, a little timidly – but I wasn’t the same […]

legacy

Reasonable. Unreasonable. Perspective. Tomato. Tomato. Tomato. The third one is the hidden gem. What would seem outrageous to some in […]

burning heart

Cold and dark, the morning has proven itself to be a long one. Saying goodbye is hard…harder than I thought […]

Like me

it’s the start of a tragedy; a symphony of beautiful possibility and uncertainty. Let the players tune their instrument, and […]

Incredible

We don’t need no credibility because we are incredible. Kill one man – get a life sentence. Kill a car […]

were

A little older. A little older. Time flies so fast that I don’t know where it goes sometimes. It seems […]

low

Focus. Focus. Focus. Focus. Focus. Being content where you are can be a difficult thing to achieve. More often than […]

the Dors

PostIKEAism. Discovering that you’ve evolved from the days where you used to use the IKEA ‘shopping list’ tool to plan […]

to proceed

Step by step. Moving forward. One step forward – three back. The amount of actual thought and decision making that […]

user friendly

Every single day is a reminder that life is blowing by at a rapid rate, and I often feel as […]

prioritied

Shuffle. Shake. Remix. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Blink. Shake. Wake up. Years gone. Time flies. Wrinkles appear. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Twenty-six. […]

to your son

While reading a blog written by an individual of a religion-I-shall-not-state, I was saddened – horrified, really – to read […]

a trick

The other day, I was feeding my betta fish, Spartacus, and thinking about the way that a betta fish will […]

get it

Taking the time to write down my thoughts in this blog is one of the few guilty pleasures I seem […]

of Love

The clickety-clack sound of a New York City subway brings back an instant sensation of the smell and surroundings that […]

Caddilac dream

One of the things I’ve recently been pondering is just how much is that we become my parents children as […]

if I did

You know your mind is changing when you realize that the people you surround yourself with, in friendship and conversation, […]

Brutal

There’s going to be a night, in the very near future, where I do a one-stop-shop fix for a lot […]

Timber

Home is where the heart is where the home is. Home is where the heart is. Home is where the […]

Never rains

Tomato. Tomato. “December has always been a very hard month for me…” It seems like not so long ago that […]

Could be

Watching people fall off of the proverbial ‘friends list’ of life has been something I’ve gotten more comfortable with as […]

Won[t]

You know you’re getting older when you begin to place your values before your wants, emotions, and finances. I’ve grown […]

Are Free

“Have you hugged your grandparents, today?” was one of the opening quotes in a chapter of The Empty Hourglass, the book Opa […]

Kill To

[quote]The burden of originality is one that most people don’t want to accept. They’d rather sit in front of the […]

Bad Place Alone

[quote]When you’re taught to love everybody – including your enemies – what value does that place on love?[/quote] I remember […]

Sipping Raw

[quote]The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there […]

Valley Shadow

[quote]In the endless universe there is nothing new, nothing different. What may appear exceptional to the minute mind of man […]

Wood Holy

[quote]It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.[/quote] [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I woke up […]

In Anything

In the beginning… In the beginning, there was nothing. Before there was a beginning, there was nothing. There must have […]

Threshold

The first time I bench pressed 315lb, I was content for about 30 seconds. Next, I set to conquer 365lb. […]

Awake

In the book The Innovator’s Solution by Christensen Raynor, the author discusses the forces, theories, and solutions responsible for creating […]

Execution

I recently finished the book Iron John: A Book About Men by Robert Bly. In this book, he concluded the […]

Tempered

After several months of it laying on my shelf, halfway completed, I finally finished the book Mob Rules: What the […]

Roots

When we think of cherished memories and events in our lives, it’s often from a retrospective outlook; remembering things in […]

Cabinet

“After one utterly extraordinary rendition of “A Love Supreme,” Coltrane stepped off the stage, put down his saxophone, and said simply, “Nunc […]

Descended

There’s still part of me that loves being a bachelor-esque guy. I admit it. This Saturday, I stayed in and […]

A Love Supreme

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice” There are a […]

Vapor Trails

Whether it was at a young age or perhaps a moment in the latter years of life, I believe a […]

Blue Skies

In the book How To Win Friends And Influence People, Carnegie describes one of the key characteristics as being able […]

Ground

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. Depending on what line of work you’re involved with, the ease of […]

Suffocation

“Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and **** the prom queen.” In the ideal world, the winner […]

Date[d]

This may be one of the first blog posts I’ve had in some time where the title matches the topic […]

To Ourselves

“For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those […]

Butcher

America is dubbed “The Land of Opportunity” but I would assert it is simply a land with lots of opportunity, […]

Noia

Arnold’s 6 Rules of Life: Trust yourself Break the rules Don’t be afraid to fail Don’t listen to the naysayers […]

Let Down

Confirmation. Validation. Cancellation. Life. When I returned from Asia, I originally planned on there being some semblance of newfound peace […]

To Here

It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to sharing my thoughts on my trip to Laos; so […]

Sole

Reality check. One of my favorite movie scenes is a short clip from the movie The Hurt Locker where the main […]

Remember

The holidays have arrived and I’m enjoying one of my favorite pastime activities; sitting in a mall with a good […]

About Love

It’s hard not to think about way life has drastically changed since I last sat in this couch, in this […]

Moon Again

6:19 and I know I’m ready. These past few days/weeks/months have been nothing short of crazy. I’ve learned a lot […]

in Space

In every belief system, there are foundational elements used to support the principles, practices, and architectural truth of said belief […]

Fenced

In every coming-of-age story behind a man, there are moments – often in the beginning of the journey – where […]

Paper Says

Drip. Sip. Ahh. Coffee may be one of my biggest vices. If that’s the case, I feel pretty good about […]

playing tonight

If I had to describe the way the past few months have been, it would be hard to tell you […]

Excalibur

I was recently watching the end scene of the movie Braveheart, a movie often referenced by those in ministry to […]

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Timed Out

Escaping reality. The idea of stepping away from reality seems as if it’s stupid or far off from being a […]

untitled

Because we live in a culture that has failed to value the intiation phase from boy to man, we have […]

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Teacher

On the day of my move to Dallas, from Los Angeles, I remember a moment where I was driving and […]

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Carried

Late this afternoon, I walked around an empty conference room and began to piece together the many moments in my […]

Lorraine

Biblically speaking, the path to Truth is one that ought to be approached carefully; Matthew 7:7 states that if one […]

Happen Here

There are some things in life that ought not be labeled, defined, or poorly explained through an attempt at explanation. […]

Water Walk

Through the past few years, faith is something that I have striven to discover, develop, and put to the test. […]

Heal Me

Here we are again. It feels just like the time where I sat down at the local Starbucks and contemplated […]

Whole Pie

Dominor Vita – Dominate Life. The saying isn’t just about dominating life; it’s the description of a person who actively […]

One 80

“The mind is its own place. And in it can make heaven a hell, hell a heaven.” That’s one of […]

Neverland

“I don’t keep count. Only when it begins to hurt do I start, because those are the ones that really […]

Live Young

I was reading through the news today and caught a story about a recent shark attack in Australia; a 15ft. […]

Seven Digits

I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have felt somehow entitled to their dreams and ambitious because […]

Skaubryn

Excellence cannot come easily, nor without cost. Life, my friend, is not easy. If you haven’t discovered that yet, you […]

Overdue

I’m staring at a face that refuses to give eyes of affirmation or acceptance. Seeing past every surface level feature […]

Profession

Manhood has become just as novel an ideas as cowboys are to the west. Somewhere along the line of our […]

High Fever

“I knew I was a man when my father told me I was one” Unfortunately, many of us never have […]

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3 one 3

When I was in middle school, I remember being exposed to several things for the first time that I had […]

The Race

“Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” […]

Fever Dream

Today is not an ordinary day. Yesterday marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and today marks my […]

Crossroad

How far we’ve come. The further I tread this path of life, the more clearly I see how much further […]

Elevator Door

One of the saddest moments for any young man is the moment where he realizes the woman with the golden […]

Hope Infallible

I’ve done my fair share of research on those who have gone through difficult situations, while also having my taste […]

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Of Love

Today, I set out to accomplish a few goals. These goals were quite simple: read books, don’t work, and work […]

A Way

“In the endless universe there has been nothing new, nothing different. What has appeared exceptional to the minute mind of […]

Never Kneel

Dear Dad, Perhaps not enough time has passed since writing you last. Where you are, time doesn’t exist – nor […]

Generation N.O.W.

“Just write…” my blog prompts me, as it closes out every other window with blank white space, just waiting to […]

Offer[ing]

“My secret is that I need God–that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God […]

Midnight Run

“You know, when your stomach begins to churn, that the odds have just begun to even.” Brave words, spoken by […]

Be A Day

Dear Dad, There are moments where I take a moment to clear my mind and find you in my thoughts […]

Than That

“If you know what you’re worth, than go out and get what you’re worth. But you’ve got to be willing […]

Pull Through

These past few weeks have not shortchanged me in the lessons and principles that life has been teaching me recently. […]

My Time

Sitting here, it’s my usual spot in Los Angeles. Starbucks, of course. That being said, I’ve come to this spot […]

Taking Back

After taking an impromptu trip back to Ohio, it’s good to be back in Los Angeles, even if it’s just for a […]

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Has Come

It’s very easy to give advice to others. What’s most difficult is learning to take your own advice. On one […]

True Armor

“I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This […]

My Everything

As a boy, I’d sit on the knee of my father and feel an instantaneous sense of security and protection […]

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Infection

A new day arises, while the city sleeps. Every moment but a fleeting promise. It’s only after we’ve pointed all […]

Checked Off

Trapped in a stiff idle; not the boy of days past, not the man I long to be. One step […]

Son Of

In light of the poor moments that marred a perfectly good day yesterday, I have to admit that our Heavenly […]

Silver Spoon

Son, there will be days where everything seems to go your way; you’re riding on top of the world and […]

By Night

Thinking about the way life is, I cannot help but be surprised at just how quickly things have changed and […]

Heartful

The curtains pull away and the faces of the audience begin their cold stare at your face. The stage is […]

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Close Eye

“Aaron, one of the most important things in life is to be able to look in the mirror at the […]

Another Star

“When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; […]

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Fell Hire

I’ve mentioned our current generation as “Generation ADD” in previous blog articles. In the specific context which I mentioned the […]

Looking Glass

The table of contents add another chapter to their pages. This time has come at last. Evolution may not be […]

Wholly Incomplete

The clock hand chases towards the midnight hour. It will catch it for only a second. It will only be […]

Ran To You

Regardless of your religious affiliations, political beliefs, or personal [in]adequacies, there’s a universal that must be accepted, en masse, by […]

Monosynth

‘I could tell you my adventures — beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’s no use […]

Sower

It seems that as we move ahead in life, previous situations, events, and attitudes seem almost childish in comparison to […]

Your Disco

Today, I had the interesting opportunity to speak with my younger brother, Joshua. You can read a bit more about […]

Word Adhere

One of my favorite movies is “About A Boy” for various reasons. In many ways, it is a coming-of-age story […]

Hunte[d/r]

In light of the fact that life never slows down as we grow older, I’m realizing it tends to be […]

06001225

My younger brother, Mark, once proclaimed – as a child, mind you – “I’m invincible. There’s nothing you can do […]

The Way

On my trip from Ohio to California, I’ll have to admit that I did a rather bad thing. Perhaps it […]

Of Love

After a successful trip from Ohio to California, I can’t help but feel a bit refreshed, recharged, and ready to […]

Halt

Perspective is everything. Perception is reality. And sometimes the reality you are in is not perfect. That being said, you […]

Bad Place Alone

“A minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.” In […]

Snowy Day

“Satisfaction is the death of desire” remains one of the life lessons that I’ve found to be quite true. In […]

Thaeter

Every time I open up the blogging app on my iPad, I’m reminded of a previous blog I wrote where […]

Break Off

We live in a world where it’s somewhat difficult to identify what it means to be a man. However, one […]

Etan Epitas

This recent trip to Columbus has proven to be quite the eye-opener for me, even if it’s only internal. I […]

AaronPlaat.com – Currently Remodeling!

It was time for a fresh, clean look to this website. So, I decided it was fine time to do […]

Remember

The clock continues to tick, tick, tick. I cannot help but feel that I have somehow been in this place […]

User Friendly

One of the ideas I’ve come most to respect is that good things tend to have a high cost. This […]

Tonight

One of the things I’m learning about being in a city without any of my closest friends or family nearby, […]

Void

There was something my grandfather wrote, concerning his father, that really stood out to me. While I may not be […]

Kaos

Of all the topics I enjoy writing about, heroes remain one of my personal favorites. Rather than push the ideas […]

My Elephant

I’ll do my best to keep this one pleasant. These past few days have been fairly stressful, which is only […]

Tonight

Originally, I had written another blog in this space. [un]Fortunately, I decided to replace it with something else that may […]

Beyond Black

It’s been said that deep thinkers are simply those who devote enough time to the practice; modern-day philosophers aren’t those […]

Internet Privacy: A Power User Perspective

Were I to give this blog a standard title, it would sound something like this: “Why I Support Online Privacy […]

Krypton

I’ve realized that much of our [un]conscious thought, words, or writing is often the partially digested stimulatory input we’ve received […]

For Action

“Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits” Thus begins another […]

Spades

These past two days haven’t been the most pleasant. In light of positive circumstances, I’ve been in a bit of […]

Sun Disappears

It’s incredible what memories are brought back to life simply by hearing a song, getting a whiff of a fragrance, […]

In Between

One of the many things I’ve learned from being self-employed is that one bad egg is all that’s needed to […]

Your Vampire

Survival is not the same as living. I don’t know many people are living. However, there are a few. Thinning […]

Our Charade

“Lord, how great is our dilemma! In Thy Presence silence best becomes us, but love inflames our hearts and constrains […]

From December

Nobody wants to live forever. Even if they could, there would be the realization that, after some period of time, […]

New Hit

In the infinite universe, we have the opportunity to experience a great many things, sights, touches, and sounds. With no […]

Fairytale, Boy

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”]I[/dropcap]n the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who […]

One All

In Fahrenheit 451, we are shown a world that has changed to become a society without books. Existing books, banned […]

Legacy

We often speak of resurrection with such callousness that we forget the significance of its occurrence 2,000 years ago. We […]

555

Over time, I’m coming to discover that I’ve become less concerned about what it is that others think over the […]

Motzi shem ra

Does the suit wear the man, or does the man wear the suit? I’ve always been a big fan of […]

Attn. Man

In the Bible, we are told a foolish man is one that does not first consider the cost of building […]

Wanted Nail

The occupation of living uprightly is not a part-time position, nor one to be taken lightly. Warriors never lose their […]

Resurrection

“The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out, the […]

Ever Lasts

I’ve noticed that life seems to offer a strange ability for us to discover our own personal resurrection and rebirthing, […]

Idea Buried

Monday happens to be my favorite day of the week. The idea of starting fresh, renewing work from the previous […]

Dark Glass

“Imagine living with no fear. Ever. That would take some getting used to. So would a world where loving your […]

Thrown Out

“Do you know any individuals who grew up in a Christian church and then walked away when they got older? […]

Black Stallion

“We all die. We won’t live forever. It’s our job to create something that will.” “Steve, do you prefer thinking […]

Break Point

“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a Heaven out of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.” […]

Higher Ground

Listening to music with a pair of sub-par headphones, I’m keenly aware of what I’m missing out on, as I […]

The Rock

When a child trips and falls, it is the pleasure of the father to help his child back on his/her […]

Irresponsibilities

There have been a lot of questions going through my mind. And I am beginning to wonder what the purpose […]

Be Somebody

“What happens if your life goal is to be a gardener, but plants die simply by you looking at them?” […]

Make It

I was fortunate enough to have received a copy of a book titled “In A Pit With A Lion On […]

Win Win

On a recent trip, I decided to re-watch the film “300” for motivational purposes. Just like a good book, a […]

Exit Enter

Day one begins with the Sabbath. It’s nice to finally have a day off where I can rest, recuperate, and […]

The Fall

Every great hero goes through trials that test their inner mettle. Precious metal becomes more valuable after going through the […]

On Knees

If there were a motto for our generation, which I’ve fondly dubbed “Generation A.D.D”, I think it would be “My […]

Into Fire

I originally wrote a blog before this, but it didn’t end up saving. Honestly, I can’t complain. Not a lot […]

Sinking Sand

Under no circumstances should practices and traditions of our faith/religion be accepted without question, reasoning, or a critical eye. Recently, […]

Rearden Mettle

If it weren’t for that deceiving snake, all of us would life just a little bit easier. And yet, the […]

Fire Cleansed

Of all elements of creation, man was the most intricate and complicated being that our Creator created. Mountains bedazzle the […]

Sinphony

I recently spoke to a friend of mine who told me of a good acquaintance who, upon leaving for college, […]

Black Dots

Life presents many situations that can be won by pure thought, intelligence, and careful choices. However, and this is a […]

Inn Hour

In the bible, we are told we will not encounter trials that we are not capable of handling; we will […]

Forever Dirt

With Easter approaching, it only seems right to write about the concept of crucifixion and resurrection. Fortunately, I won’t be […]

Wishing Hell

I will it. We will it. They will it. God will it. The will of God. How are we to […]

New Hit

One of my favorite parts of Monday morning is the artificial sense that the week is off to a fresh […]

his Hands

I believe in a generational responsibility that each passing generation ought to try and somehow help the next generation(s) somehow […]

Cry Out

Sitting in bed, it dawned on me that the battlefield exit for a warrior is opposite the side of his/her […]

Ft. It All

This weekend, I had the opportunity to see my younger brother, Mark, march triumphantly into manhood. There are many others […]

Sanctuary Hum

Driving around, I noticed we live in a wonderful place. The United States of America is utter opulence compared to many […]

Nice Guys Finish Last

Note from Aaron: This was a bit of a breather from the usual blog posting. It came to mind after […]

Blindfold Strength

“Our deepest fear is is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” […]

Wite Rhabbit

What we want is different than what we need. Unless we are dying, we always have what we need. Unless […]

Rediscovery

Recently, I have been discovering many new things, places, experiences, and people. Rather than feel as if I am somehow […]

Coma

“I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another […]

Checkpoint

Sometimes we need a little reminder that we are stepping out of line. Other times, we dont’ want to face […]

Hour One

There you have it. I just finished my last final and am set to graduate, this Sunday, from The Ohio […]

Awake

“Plaat! Wake up.” Several years ago, I wrote an essay titled “Wake Up” which chronicled the details of my fraternity […]

The Ludus

The pursuit of glory is far more rewarding than the threatening consequences keeping many from ever obtaining it. Chase with […]

sub-Human

Maybe we’ll wake up someday and realize that we aren’t who we thought we were. Perhaps we will see we […]

Us Well

“The grandson tries to remember what the father tried to forget” A live devoid of adventure, I cannot imagine it. […]

The Sound

I’m reading a lot more about the problem our society seems to have with the notion of young men growing […]

Jung And Restless

We were dreamers. We woke up. Wake up, Plaat. You’re not a boy anymore. You’re a man. Early in my […]

Remember Me

She has a pulse. Beating heart and tear-stained eyes serve as a reminder that all good things must come to […]

Morning Sun

It’s another one of those times where it feels like life is somehow slipping through my fingers and I cannot […]

Never Cries

“I often find myself drifting back into that world I can no longer find. Shutting out today’s invading clamor, I […]

Bleeding Machines

The greatest tragedy is not that the mighty have fallen, but that there rise no others to take their place. […]

To Collect

…it was a very good year. Looking back at the events that have led me to be where I’m at, […]

In Sync

Never let anybody live your life for you. Should they try, it is fair warning to see they have failed […]

Runaway Train

There have been several moments in my life where it has felt as if I cannot grasp the moment; the […]

Even Bet

This afternoon, I had the rare pleasure of sitting down to read portions of my grandfather’s book, The Empty Hourglass, […]

Protected: Journey

They Say

This world seems to exist at the mercy of an unseen “they”. “They” say what is good for you, bad […]

Sparks Fly

As I write this, there is something in my heart that shouts for joy as realizations of a long hunt […]

The Butcher

Hebrews 10:19-31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of […]

Alternate Version

I cannot help but ponder the previously-mentioned quote I placed on here a few days ago. As I’ve been wondering […]

Synchronicity

I’m afraid this isn’t going to be the most pleasant of posts. There’s a lot on my mind, I’ve had […]

The Cage

The lion was not supposed to eat pre-packaged meals or veggie burgers. The deer was not meant to move quickly with […]

Wasted Life

Few things make me cringe as much as the idea of living a wasted life. Thinking about it, I’ve wondered […]

24

Happy New Year, Aaron. It’s time for another year, with the opportunity to have a new beginning, sense of motivation, […]

Nailed Down

In the midst of mine enemies, I eat a hearty meal. In the stress of the most difficult situation, I […]

Low End of High

Rather than edit the previous blog, it seemed fitting to post a response. Of the many reasons I blog, the […]

Souvenir

Wake up, Plaat. There are times where I’ve come to harsh realizations in this life, that have shocked and appalled […]

Slowing Target

“Aaron, be where you are.” This was the advice I received from my older brother; counseling me on my current […]

Wight Spider

Interesting times often call for difficult topics to write about. Concerning the next topic (or twenty) I can’t quite say […]

Steel Bow

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean […]

Rescue

Those who know me well, know I am an avid fan of the movie Fight Club. I’ve read the books, […]