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June 8, 2018

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

The last photograph of Anthony Bourdain on his twitter account captures this moment in all its gaddamned sadness. From a few days ago, newly relevant.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

New: “Some vegan friends also posted this [Bourdain quote]…not sure how true or if he was serious when he said it.”

“I should’ve died in my 20s. I became successful in my 40s. I became a dad in my 50s. I feel like I’ve stolen a car — a really nice car — and I keep looking in the rearview mirror for flashing lights.”

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He opened us up to new things. To “other,” which is now so hated and feared among too many of us. And he did so on their turf—not from a superior or pre-judged point of view. Whether it was high or low, grandpa’s kitchen or the finest restaurant, he approached it with the same joy and curiosity and irreverence.

And, he was a fierce opponent of Harvey Weinstein, and the heartlove of Asia Argento. This hurts, now.

“…in the end maybe we are all sentimental fools.” ~ Chef Tony

A favorite:

“Anthony Bourdain had seemingly one of the coolest jobs in the world– traveling the globe, eating and having a great time– which goes to show that this could happen to anyone. Take care of yourselves and do not be afraid to seek the help you require.”

“Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesman-ship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the Hague next to Milošević.” ~ Anthony Bourdain – A Cook’s Tour, 2001



Vaguely relephant. May it be of benefit.

Also, sadly relephant. “Talk to your dad, please. He might listen to you.”

For more, read this. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.

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Mxyzptlk Earthdweller Jun 10, 2018 11:32pm

Hmmm? I hate the earth and almost everything about it...I am NOT depressed...possibly because i am an imaginary care-ACTOR?

Mary Margaret Embroli-Swanson Jun 10, 2018 9:42pm

Well said. I've always enjoyed following Anthony Bourdain's travels and will miss his shows. To lose him and Kate Spade in one week should be a wake up call to everyone about mental health issues. Take care of yourself... Waylon's video is spot on. Thanks so much for posting.

Alex Iunes Jun 10, 2018 1:51pm

Anyone else watch the Waffle House video e think: Hum, people of color in the South - black women, possibly mothers - mostly likely overworked and underpaid, cooking for & serving white dudes; obviously not much has changed since the bearded guy's childhood. That's just me though, a Brazilian-American woman and mother who was raised in poverty by a single Latina mother who usually worked at least 2 jobs.

Nicole S. Urdang Jun 9, 2018 5:40pm

Hi again, I also want to suggest this piece if you’re feeling suicidal: https://holisticdivorce.wordpress.com/category/suicide/ ❤️

Nicole S. Urdang Jun 9, 2018 5:36pm

Hi, Sometimes, depression is really grief. Check out this article to better assess what you’re feeling: https://holisticdivorce.wordpress.com/category/depression-is-your-depression-really-grief/ And, take care of your beautiful, sweet self.

Tiffany Parker Jun 8, 2018 2:31pm

Anthony Bourdain was an inspiration and hero to me. I have been a fan of his since the beginning. Last year at this time he was in my city and I was looking for him, he saw one of my tweets and liked it. I am in shock and heartbroken for this great loss and for his family.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat.” Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword’s Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by “Greatist”, Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: “the mindful life” beyond the choir & to all those who didn’t know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.