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Many years ago, a good friend of mine was preparing to go to a party. She had no one to go with and to make matters worse, she was running late. As she climbed into her car, she heard the phone ring inside her house (this was in the days before cell phones). She hesitated, thinking to herself, "I'm already late. Do I really want to take the time to go all the way back inside and answer that?" But at the very last second, she decided to race back into the house and take the call. It was a sorority sister from her college days—a flight attendant based out of New York who was in town for the evening—wanting to get together.
 
"I was just on my way to a party," my friend told her. "Would you like to come along?"
 
"I'd love to," the girl replied. 

Opportunities come in many forms and almost never in ways we expect. There’s no way to anticipate their arrival. The system cannot be ‘gamed.’ In fact, it would seem the only thing we can do to increase our chances of encountering a great opportunity is to keep ourselves open to the idea that one might present itself.
 
In other words, when the phone rings… answer it. It just might be that elusive 'opportunity' you've been waiting for. In fact, it might even change your life. 

Or the life of a friend…
 
Thirty-one years ago tonight I was sitting at a party when two young women walked in. One was a good friend of mine. The other was a beautiful flight attendant from New York. My friend introduced us, and the rest, as they say, is history.
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"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we find it with another."
–Thomas Merton
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This version of September Song was recorded in 1944 by Walter Huston. (It's just one of these 25,000 digitized 75RPM records.)
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“I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” 
―Paulo Coelho
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1. As Carl Sagan once wrote, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” In this inspiring video, astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson expounds on this 'Most Astounding Fact.'

2. The Museum of Stewardess Uniforms. (Of course, if I ever referred to my then future wife as a 'stewardess,' she would quickly correct me: "You mean 'flight attendant.'")
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3. I can't get my fill of cool time-lapse videos. I spent a couple summers interning with an advertising agency in New York City during college. A Taste of New York is especially well done (and makes me want to go back!). Take a trip down memory lane: 1940 New York City.

4. Porcelain: In this fascinating short video, artist Bobby Jaber 'combines art and science' by creating spherical sculptures from porcelain.
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5. MIT Invented a Camera That Can Read Closed Books.
“Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.” 
―Emily Dickinson
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If you haven't checked out my show at The Lumberyard Arts Center in Baldwin City yet, this weekend might be a good opportunity to do so. This Saturday, September 30th, from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., they're hosting "Bluegrass & BBQ!" More info.
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I have other commitments that evening and won't be able to attend—but stop by, check out the gallery, and eat some ribs for me!
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Here's Aloha oe (Farewell to Thee), recorded by the Hawaiian Quintette in 1913. Have a listen.
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Hi. I’m D.E.Uhlig. I’m an artist, author, husband and father.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw. Years ago I gave my wife a hand-drawn card for our anniversary, and she loved it so much she made me promise to ALWAYS hand-draw her cards. Then our three kids made me promise to do the same with their birthday cards. And when I posted some of my drawings online, people began asking how they could purchase my work—so I created this newsletter. I believe in something I like to call “The Happiness of Art” and I hope it makes you smile.

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D.E.Uhlig is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous publications including the Kansas City Star, Christian Science Monitor, University Daily Kansan, Editorial Humor Magazine, and World Policy Journal. Commercial illustration and design clients over the years have included Samsung, Sprint, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, among others—and his Starbucks RedCup illustrations have been featured on the company's Pinterest and Facebook pages. In 1989, Mr. Uhlig co-founded Uhlig LLC, a leading provider of cross-media publishing and communication services in industries ranging from residential housing to book publishing to cancer care. Mr. Uhlig is married with three children and resides in Kansas City. He is currently working on children’s books, ebooks and apps.

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