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I love this story I just had to share , Meet Claire, Rodan & Field's youngest Level V!!, At 18, Claire now holds the title as the youngest Level...

I love this story I just had to share
Meet Claire, Rodan & Field's youngest Level V!!
At 18, Claire now holds the title as the youngest Level V in the entire company!
Check out her story:
"My friend Makenzi messaged me on Facebook and reached out to me about trying a regimen. At the time I had horrible acne that I attempted to cover up every day with pounds of foundation (now that I look back, this clearly wasn't helping the issue!!). I had been to my dermatologist three times in the six months prior to Makenzi. NOTHING has worked for my skin. When she messaged me, I thought "Okay, why not?" I ordered Unblemish that night and my skin was clearer than it ever had been in just shy of a month!
WELL, I wasn't the only one who noticed changes in my skin. Everyone was asking what I was doing and why my face was so clear. I even began to wear no makeup to school because my acne was practically non-existent. Then, a light clicked on in my brain. I realized that people were wanting an acne treatment that actually worked and I could have access to giving them just that! I messaged Makenzi right away asking if I could become a consultant. She said that I had to be 18, and I was 17 at the time. So I waited and waited until my 18th birthday. Fast forward eight months from the day I signed up, and I am now a level V. WHAT?!? I'm a full time college student and a college athlete, I have two other jobs and I still found time to work this business because I knew the potential was huge. Bottom line is that this business model is made for already busy people. I'm not only making 4 figure monthly checks, but I am also helping others do the same while getting INCREDIBLE skin! I'm helping others restore their confidence! I'm helping others achieve time and financial freedom! What's better than that?! I'm beyond thankful that Makenzi messaged me...and at 18 years old, I am securing my financial future-thanks to some acne!"

♦️Make sure you on my Lash List♦️

♦️Make sure you on my Lash List♦️
I have a couple VIP orders going to be placed first thing in the am!! Rodan & Fields LASH BOOST will be released tomorrow - November 2nd!!! Message me to make sure you are on my list before supplies run out! #lashboost #rfdreamteam

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes Even though it was spent at a horse show

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes Even though it was spent at a horse show, I was thankful to spend it with some great friends Trayce Eric Kristen and Kimmy‼️ Really special thanks to my amazing husband Doug for taking me to Asheville for the night with the incredible restaurant recommendation from Catherine #greatfoodgreatcompany Here's to another year of making some great memories

I have a special offer to my friends who would like to learn more about our new LASH BOOST product that will be released to customers on November...

I have a special offer to my friends who would like to learn more about our new LASH BOOST product that will be released to customers on November 2nd! I'm hosting a virtual LASH BASH on Monday night the 24th. If you would like an invitation just comment here with LASH BOOST and I will invite you. If you are on the live event and comment during the random roll call and tag me in your comment..I will put you in a drawing for a FREE Lash Boost!!! #rflashboost #rfdreamteam

Not a Consultant?? We can fix that!, My team already has pre-orders for this Fab-U-Lash product! Think about how many people you know with lashes...

Not a Consultant?? We can fix that!
My team already has pre-orders for this Fab-U-Lash product! Think about how many people you know with lashes that could use a BOOST!! WHAT IF...you shared it with them and turned your skincare expense into an income?? Message me!
#RFLashBoost

Ok friends

Ok friends... Tomorrow is the Day!! I ONLY have 5 SPOTS left, that's it!
We are teaming up with some of the TOP leaders in our company to give you an informational ONLY business presentation this Thursday, June 8th. So pretty much, if you're curious in how the business side of Rodan+Fields works, all you have to do is tune in from an INVITE-ONLY FB page and hear more. Every hour someone will share their RF experience and journey, and will be answering any questions (you can tune in whenever is convenient for you). AND the first 50 people to join the business get a FREE regimen--but that's only if you decide to join! It's a totally NON-PRESSURE event, just available to people that want to know more.
Send me a private message if you want an invite, and I'll add you to the page to view at your own leisure :) FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE -- only 5 spots available. #RFRegimen

We're celebrating Summer with FREE Rodan + Fields® Travel-Size Regimens!, For a limited time, when you purchase a Regimen bundled with R+F Active...

We're celebrating Summer with FREE Rodan + Fields® Travel-Size Regimens!
For a limited time, when you purchase a Regimen bundled with R+F Active Hydration Serum™, you'll receive a complimentary gift of that same Regimen in a convenient, carry-on approved size.* That's right--whether you're a REDEFINE™, REVERSE™ UNBLEMISH™ or SOOTHE™ user, we've got you covered with a perfectly sized, travel Regimen!
This limited-time offer means you don't have to sacrifice great skin while indulging in the sand and surf on your summer vacation. Active Hydration Serum is already approved for travel, so now you can take your whole Multi-Med® Therapy routine on the road for continued results!
Get yours today, message me for details. Only while supplies last!

I have the coolest story for you! It’s a story about dreams coming true! :-) Stick with me here, this is long!!, When I first began taking photos,...

I have the coolest story for you! It’s a story about dreams coming true! :-) Stick with me here, this is long!!
When I first began taking photos, I searched the interwebs for help. I quickly found Serge Ramelli, a French photographer with a Youtube channel. Not only did his videos teach me Photoshop & Lightroom, I found Serge engaging & fun to watch. Like most all Americans, I liked the French accent! :)
Fast forward a few months later and I’m in Paris taking photos and who should I happen to run into… SERGE RAMELLI, my YouTube teacher! (We photographers are like sheep, always flocking about together in the same spots!) I approached the jovial Frenchmen, “Serge, I’ve watched everything on your Youtube channel! You’ve really helped me.. Thank you!” We added each other on Facebook and I said Bonjour.
Fast forward a year later, and Serge called me asking for help. He told me he wanted to get an 0-1 visa to come to the US to produce feature films. He wanted to work in Hollywood and make movies! I was happy to help. So from a dusty tent some place in Arizona, I typed up a letter on my laptop… when I got back to civilization a few days later, I sent off the letter.
Like magic, after just one month, Serge told me his Visa had been approved and he was coming to Hollywood. He thanked me profusely and told me he never would have been able to come to America without my “influential” endorsement. (Take that Donald T!!) I thought it was funny that immigration would care what I thought, but I felt warm & fuzzy thinking I’d helped Serge! The man who'd helped me so much through his videos! This was in Sep 2014.
Now fast forward again to just a few months ago! (The story is getting better…) I started feeling social again (as some of you may have noticed by my recent postings!)
I had stopped scaling mountains, stopped squeezing into ice caves, and stopped jumping over lava to photograph volcanos. I was sleeping in my house in Los Angeles, not in a tent in Patagonia. I noticed I actually have a nice bed & house here in Lalaland. Lol.
Anyway, I started thinking about Serge, and I messaged him:
“Serge, how are things going, did you ever make that movie?”
To my surprise, he wrote back, “YES! It comes out in a month!” And he sent me a link to the trailer.
When I watched the trailer, the biggest smile came to my face. I was overcome! Not only does it look like a great movie (I’m such a sucker for these feel-good movies), but Photo Serge, the would-be producer was not just a producer.. Serge was the freakin STAR of the movie!! I was shocked. He’s so good in the trailer. Watch this trailer!!! OK! Did you watch it? I watched it like 15 times that night. Haha.
That’s my Serge. :-) I immediately began peppering him with questions.. How did this happen? How did you learn how to act? How did you end up being the star!? I got so pumped up. I was so proud of him!! As an actor, Serge is a natural! America hasn’t had a goofy, lovable foreigner in awhile. Now we have Serge. I think he’s going to be the next Gerard Depardieu!
The next morning I had lunch with Serge. It felt so Hollywood… we were sitting on a sunny street side cafe discussing his life in movies over the last 2 years. It turns out Serge has wanted to be an actor for a long time! And now his dream has come true! I began to ask Serge about producing movies and the budgets, costs, issues, etc. I was asking because I’ve had what I might call a “fantasy” of making a movie myself. I first thought of it back in 2000 when I was getting a Masters in Film at UCLA. Didn’t know that about me, did ya? Haha.
Now here’s where the story gets even more interesting. Serge’s movie, “The Hollywouldnts” is an independent movie financed on a small budget. It’s currently in pre-order status. There have been 500 preorders already.. wow! If Serge can get 347 more pre-orders, he will actually set the all time record for pre-orders on an independent film! Completely nuts!
If that happens, Variety and a bunch of industry magazines will write about the power of social media driving recognition for his movie! And if that happens, the movie just may get enough attention for big distributors to see it. If that happens, Serge’s little movie will be taken to the next level! And finally, if this movie becomes a financial success, Serge will be able to produce and develop more movies. I was so excited about his story. I told him I wanted to help!
Side note: Lately I’ve made a point of trying to help people with anything they need.. It’s kinda my new thing. :) I meet someone that I know, or someone I just met for the first time and I ask: what do you need in life? If I can help, I do help! I connect them to the right person, or whatever… It’s been pretty awesome and fun! (This relates to my earlier post a few weeks ago about having the best day in my life. I felt that way because I helped so many people in one day!) It’s nice to not think about yourself, ya know? Haha. So yah, I immediately told Serge I wanted to help!
The first thing I did was pre-order my own copy… a small gesture. But now I’m here spreading the word, a bigger gesture! WAVE!!. If you like this movie and you want to help Serge and the creative team behind this movie, pre-order it on iTunes… It’s just $9.99 for the SD version! Remember the key is to pre-order. If you order before the movie comes out on May 16, then that’s the key metric that is going to make the industry notice this little indie film.
There were 60 people employed by the production of this movie — some young & hungry and just getting in the industry, others more seasoned and lending a hand to this passion project… I want to blow this out and make it a success for them, and make it possible for them all to do it again. They’re already in preproduction for the next project! You can help to by pre-ordering the movie. Please do!
I’m super excited to watch the movie when it comes out! I normally only get this excited about the release of Star Wars movies… Haha. I’m supposed to be in Amsterdam on the release date. Anyone there? Maybe we can organize a little release party. :-)
For my own part, I want to say that through meeting Serge (he doesn’t even know this yet), I’ve made some key steps to start producing a movie myself. It’s an idea I’ve had for many years, and its starting to become a reality. How nuts is that?! Haha. It’s something I literally never thought I would actually do, but now I’m actually working on it. Thank you Serge for the inspiration! That's the second time Serge has helped my creative life - first with photos, now with movie-making.
So whether you want to pre-order and help out Serge or not.. I hope you found this little story entertaining and use it as inspiration to step outside your normal routine of thinking and make your own dreams come true!! Serge went from being a Youtube Photoshop tutorial guy to realizing his dream of producing and acting in a movie in just two short years! And it’s clear even from the trailer that he has a real talent for it! I’m totally blown away by what he’s achieved.
I’m gonna watch the trailer again… it always makes my heart swell. :-) Enjoy !

Lavaflow on the Big Island of Hawaii

Lavaflow on the Big Island of Hawaii. Amazing!
Hey FB! I'm going to start sharing some photos here and not just FB's wild-child stepson I-G!
This is one of my favorite photos of the last year. I put myself in some semi-serious danger to take this shot. I walked over lava to get to this point, not exactly smart. :) Also not too wise to stand on a cliff with lava running underneath you and large chunks of the cliff falling into the ocean. Put another way: I'm not recommending this to others. Truly this is one of the most exceptional things I have ever witnessed. Hopefully you can be satisfied with my photo and not try this yourself... Here we are seeing the formation of Earth right before your eyes!
The lava flow is so dynamic that sometimes it changes within hours, which makes this photo all the more special to me. I shot this at sunset and got some water spots on my lens, so I woke up at 4am and came back the next morning. By then it was just too hot to stand in the same spot. I could only last for a few seconds each time I tried. The lava flow had completely changed as well. It looks different every time you go.
I was thinking of going back for NYE last Dec. Lucky I didn't, that was the day a massive amount -- acres of this cliff - fell into the ocean. Capturing lava flowing into the ocean has been a dream of mine for many years... Dreams come true :)

Did a little interview with Benny Luo who I met from Nextshark -- that said, I should have turned the tables and interviewed him! I am super...

Did a little interview with Benny Luo who I met from Nextshark -- that said, I should have turned the tables and interviewed him! I am super impressed by his bootstrapped, profitable business and what he's achieved as an entrepreneur and journalist. BE LIKE BENNY, YO!

I think I just had the best day of my life yesterday

I think I just had the best day of my life yesterday. How crazy is that? In part, it's because I'm energized by the endless possibility of fun and creative things to do in this world. And in part, it's because I believe I truly helped several people yesterday. I think I made a difference in their life, and will continue to try and do so. There may be nothing better than helping our brothers and sisters--I mean what else is more important in this world? Thanks Andy Mackensen for pointing out to me that I was indeed having the best day of my life so far!! Update: Actually I should give thanks to Eric Damier Craig Clemens Benny Luo Ted Dhanik John Hook Tai Lopez Sarah Anne Stewart Anh Tran who are just some of the people that made yesterday so special for me :) !

Guilin, China

Guilin, China. One of my favorite photo adventures, climbing to the top of this hillside and watching the sunset over this peaceful valley. (Climbing down in the dark is another story.. a little dangerous!) So much to see and do in this wonderful country. I share more photos on IG @myspacetom perhaps I should share more here?

Haven't posted here in awhile, as I post most of my photos on Instagram

Haven't posted here in awhile, as I post most of my photos on Instagram.com/myspacetom - But here's one from last Winter, just before Xmas :) Ice caves can be a bit dangerous, so I went with a guide. In addition to being an expert in cave safety, he makes a good model and held incredibly still for this slightly longish exposure. (It's actually a little darker in this cave than it looks.) Gotta love Iceland!

You want to evade the solipsistic idiocies of convalescence, when Hannah Arendt begins to sound like a journalist, and Monty Python's parody of...

You want to evade the solipsistic idiocies of convalescence, when Hannah Arendt begins to sound like a journalist, and Monty Python's parody of Pilgrim's Progress becomes profound?
(1) Bring a friend who is not totally embarrassed by your condition. I would emphasize "totally" because he or she is going to be disgusted by whatever you say or do, but then so will you be.
(2) Get a haircut. Your barber has tools, he's rented chairs, he knows how mobile this trade is. All right, then, get him to your place. Give him a beer and a big tip.
(3) Call the doctor. Prattle on about swelling, pain, and bowel movements, the key words in the lexicon of outpatient care. "Stool" seems to be the word of the moment. Make the most of it. Luther can help here. Keep him in mind as you approach the privy.
(4) Speaking of the privy. Pop those pills, but also their digestive armature. You have the orange-striped vial that conveys controlled substance, right? Good for you. Get along, little doggy.

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." A. Lincoln, ca. 1857. I've been writing about this uncanny negation of a negation--the master himself is unfree--as an answer to the Communist Manifesto: "In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."
The point is that individualism as enfranchised by liberalism is an essential component of modern socialism, whether utopian or scientific. "Only Hegel is fit for America," as Whitman explained, and as Emerson understood. Oy, our fathers, whose art unleavens, hallowed be thy fame.
All by way of preface to my dream of last night. It was a party, I think, because the place--a room?--overflowed with paper plates and plastic forks, also ragged pieces of cake. Marx was there. I was, too, anxiously accepting delivery of stove-pipe hats. I passed them out. I looked for Engels. The place was below grade, an old pub maybe, windows at ceiling level, so it was very dark, smoky as well I guess because it was hard to breathe. Nobody spoke any words I could hear, but it was very loud, clamorous even. We were waiting for someone, something.

Civil War: Irrepressible Conflict or Needless Tragedy? Vietnam War: Ditto

Civil War: Irrepressible Conflict or Needless Tragedy? Vietnam War: Ditto. That’s how the cameras work where Ken Burns does the directing.
Down there on the ground, where the good soldiers bleed and the bloated bodies float on a river of words, you know that something important happened, but in this narrative universe, the politicians never get there, to the point where they could say, “Wow, that’s a lot of suffering, maybe we should talk?” And that’s the point. War is bad. No matter what the cause, the politicians don’t get it, but see, we do!
Dear Ken: Grow the Fuck Up. The Civil Was not about valorous Southern sacrifice, no matter how charming Shelby Foote can be. It was about the atrocity of slavery. The Vietnam War was not about how the people of that place and time were in polite search for another way to “reunite their country.” It was about how to remove imperial monstrosities, first the French and then the US—those who imposed the division--from their future.
”Having failed to reconcile with one another despite their enormous sacrifice, many Vietnamese have begun to ask themselves whether the war was necessary, whether some other way might have been found to reunite their country.”
Nah. They’re saying, I had a country, and you stole it. So I took it back from you.

Here's Part 2 of my conversation with Andrew Hartman about Liberalism and the Left, posted at the USIH website

Here's Part 2 of my conversation with Andrew Hartman about Liberalism and the Left, posted at the USIH website. In Part 3, we'll draw on "A Tale of Two Liberalisms," my work in progress that explores the parallel histories of neoliberalism and perestroika in the late-20th century. I think it does, anyway.

Home for a half hour, after a harrowing struggle to get here

Home for a half hour, after a harrowing struggle to get here. Discharged at noon, but the wheelchair doesn't arrive in the room until 2:25. Bad omen.
Then we get a Lyft out in front of the Millstein Pavilion. The driver speaks no English whatsoever, but this seems a trivial detail as he helps me into the car--you know, like those guys on the Japanese subway platforms used to do it, heave-ho, heave-ho. I'm sure the right leg will now require amputation. On the other hand, I'll be home to watch it fall away, like the receding rocket stages of the spacecraft we watched on TV from the astronaut's point of view.
The driver stares at his GPS and takes a right onto Ft Washington, headed downtown, and then another right onto 163rd, headed west for the light at Riverside Drive, so I mumble something about directions rendered by Google, and then start screaming when he turns right onto the Drive, apparently headed NORTH for 178th and a route to the FDR on the far east side on Manhattan. The fucking FDR to get to 123rd and Lenox from 163rd and Ft. Washington? We're overlooking the Hudson but you want to drive to the Harlem River on 178th to get down to 123rd?
He has no idea what I'm saying, and he keeps pointing at the GPS, meanwhile laughing. I finally get him pointed downtown. At every opportunity, he wants to turn left, to get to the FDR, because that's what the Chinese voice on the dashboard keeps saying. I keep screaming "straight!" (By now we're heading downtown on Amsterdam.) I also keep saying "This isn't funny," especially since he can't seem to drive any faster than 20 mph.
Now I can't imagine driving a cab in Beijing without a word of Chinese, not even "left" and "right." But this is almost criminally insane, to send drivers out so badly equipped that they can't navigate anything, neither the language nor the streets; for at that point, they might as well be US armed forces in Baghdad, in 2005.

Since 2010 I've undergone five invasive surgeries--I'm the local, bodily equivalent of Afghanistan--and tomorrow the geopoliticians in green will do...

Since 2010 I've undergone five invasive surgeries--I'm the local, bodily equivalent of Afghanistan--and tomorrow the geopoliticians in green will do another by replacing my right hip. OK, mix the metaphor, call me Robocop. "They'll fix you. They fix everything," he says at the end, awash in the rusted water of Detroit. I wonder.
Got until midnight to ingest anything I want, and then it's wait--abstain--until I wake on the other side of this life. Now I lay me down to sleep, do I pray the Lord my soul to keep? Nah. He's got enough inventory on his hands, and my soul is most definitely not rested. I like to think I'm his worst nightmare, but don't we all? Job and the Dude abide, always the guys who never wanted the role in the first place.
So I have concocted a White Russian, and I'm eating leftover pizza, also chocolate-laced pastry delivered some days ago by my girlfriend, all appropriately microwaved. On the morrow, I shall arrive at the appointed time, and my only question, once I fill out the forms, will be "When?"

Issue # 8 of POLITICS/LETTERS is live! Bruce Robbins guided it into life--the bulk of it is a set of papers on John Berger that came out of a...

Issue # 8 of POLITICS/LETTERS is live! Bruce Robbins guided it into life--the bulk of it is a set of papers on John Berger that came out of a conference Bruce organized at Columbia. (I mostly looked on as I wondered why my right leg threatened to fall off: it's the hip, you silly man!)
Among the features are podcasts with Laura Kipnis and Jessa Crispin. Also my interview with Andrew Hartman on liberalism and the Left, originally from USIH. Read on!