The Bird Says He’s The Best

“The last two and a half years have been some of the most incredible of my life, thanks in large part to Judd. For welcoming me into his life and letting me into his heart, an honor I know is rare and speaks to how important I’ve been to him. We have our differences, but it isn’t just one that causes us tension or strife. We have our compatibilities, and they kept us together far longer than either of us expected.

For all the ways that I know I have been easy to love for him, I also have a tendency to be tremendously difficult as well. This is a personality trait we both appear to share, and it makes me laugh to know we can both own that so honestly to one another.

Judd is and will remain one of my dearest friends. He has been beyond amazing to me. I truly cannot be happier for the way this is ending, and for the incredible experiences we’ve had together. I regret none of it, and I think we’ve both left each other better than we found us. One way or another, we’re still close, there is no animosity or ill-will, and I think we both want to make sure our friends, our communities and everyone who has known us as a unit understands that we are comfortable and happy with this separation. He will always be in my heart, and I expect him to always be in my life in some way.”

-Avens O’Brien, February 2015

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Avens O'Brien is a second-generation libertarian residing in Los Angeles, where she spends a lot of time discussing the Federal Reserve and emerging markets while working at Euro Pacific Capital. Though her career is in the fufillment of economic liberty, she prefers to write about the intersection with social liberty causes and their mutual importance. Her anti-war protesting had her campaigning and volunteering for Michael Badnarik (LP) in 2004 and Ron Paul (R) in 2008, and she was Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party from 2006-2008. She's a Twitter and Facebook agitator, a contributor for DL Magazine, and Thoughts on Liberty, and also articulates life experiences and their lessons on her personal blog: Taste it Twice. She also has a peculiar obsession with birds and dinosaurs AND outer space. You can meet her at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas every year, or at Burning Man if you're that wild.

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