Make it a Micro-Vacation

Dear Reader, Have you ever heard of a micro-vacation? Probably not, because I just made it up. Okay, so I was not the first person in history to combine the prefix “micro” with the word “vacation,” however, I would like to give this word my very own definition. Micro-vacation (according to Raven): A micro-vacation is... Continue Reading →

What Public School Didn’t Teach Me

Dear Reader, If you went through the U.S. public school system, at a young age, you were probably led to believe that knowing the order of the planets was rudimentary to your education. As an adult, you probably still know that Mercury comes first, then Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune (and also... Continue Reading →

A Long Road Ahead

Dear Reader, To compare the pandemic to a “war” would be disrespectful to anyone who has actually lived through such a conflict, however, it is important that we understand in the gravest of terms just how serious the ongoing coronavirus situation is. Yesterday, I learned that 41-year old Broadway actor Nick Cordero died from COVID-19.... Continue Reading →

Red, White, and Blue-tiful

Dear Reader, Happy 4th of July! How are you celebrating the holiday given the pandemic? While it is natural to feel a little bummed that, yet another holiday is virtually ‘cancelled’ on account of the ongoing crisis, truly believing in this notion will guarantee unhappiness for you on this perfectly joyful day. We can, of... Continue Reading →

For Recognition or Remembrance?

Dear Reader, When I was in middle school, I kept a diary of sorts, where I would bullet point the things that I did that day on one page and then describe the dream I had that night (if any) on another page. My overly ambitious teenage hope was to unlock the secrets of my... Continue Reading →

The Crisis as an Opportunity

Dear Reader, We’re almost exactly halfway into the year 2020! I don’t want to be that annoying person, but… how are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you did make resolutions this year, this is a reminder to check in on your goals. I annually make resolutions and try to stick to them; however,... Continue Reading →

What a Bargain! …Right?

Dear Reader, Why are precious stones and metals like diamonds, gold, and emeralds precious? Of course, like most things, this boils down to economics and the simple principle of supply and demand. Because so many of us value these products and they don’t exactly grow on trees, we have unwittingly made these items of high... Continue Reading →

It’s Not All About the Benjamins

Dear Reader, I recently received some money in the mail from a family member in cash. What a nice thing to do! But, honestly, I haven’t spent cash since the lockdowns were initiated (about a hundred days ago). Without a store to spend money in, what good is money anyway? This, of course, is a... Continue Reading →

Help! I’m experiencing an emotion!

Dear Reader, In the absence of severe injury or affliction, your mind is the only thing in this world over which you have 100% control. Let me say that more clearly — you can only control your mind (i.e. not other people, not the weather, not even your own health completely). The funny thing I... Continue Reading →

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