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Some friends and I decided to participate in Deepak Chopra’s 21 day guided meditation program, “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.” I thought any guided meditation, regardless of the topic, would be helpful for getting me through the next few weeks as I continue to try and give up my video game addiction, so I opened up the Official Meditation App today to start off day one of the program. Unfortunately, I had issues with today’s meditation right off the bat. …


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The number “one billion” is almost too big to grasp. 1,000,000,000 — a one followed by 9 zeroes. To me, one million is the biggest number that still seems to make sense. If you make $100,000, as one of the top 10% of income earners in the US, a million is about your salary times ten. If you’re part of the rest of the 90% of American workers, a million might be your salary times 20 or more. But one million dollars seems within reach.

A billion, though, is one thousand times bigger than one million. That means that if…


Mental health awareness has been in the news a lot lately, since last month was Mental Health Month and two beloved celebrities, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, recently committed suicide. Friends and acquaintances have posted personal stories of struggle and offers of help on social media. I wanted to do the same, in the hope that this will help someone else dealing with depression.

Last year, my psychiatrist recommended that I enter outpatient therapy for my depression. Outpatient therapy is basically the same as inpatient therapy except that you go home at the end of the day instead of spending…


In an interview with Politico Magazine, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, gives a quick analogy to explain why competition is both necessary and good:

“People who don’t understand competition actually are the ones who want to shut it down because they don’t understand that competition requires rules. It requires moral precepts. Pepsi doesn’t want to go blow up the Coca-Cola bottling factory. It wants to take their customers fair and square for the better product and better pricing. The same thing should be true in American politics and policy.”

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I understand that Brooks wanted to give a…


This past Saturday, people in Hawaii spent 40 minutes terrified that they were going to be hit by a nuclear missile. The missile alert warning turned out to be a mistake, sent out in error by the state’s emergency management agency, HIEMA, as they tried to run a drill.

From my years of software development experience, I suspected that the person who made the error was aided by poor software design. I helped design state emergency management software a decade ago, so I know how rudimentary some of these systems can be. …


This week, some of Apple’s investors asked the company to modify their devices to combat tech addiction in children. Apple responded that they are working on improved parental control features for future iOS releases.

I am a parent of two boys, and our house is filled with Apple devices of varying ages, from a second generation iPod to the latest iPad and just about everything in between (not that we use it all — I really need to get some of this junk on eBay). As in most families, the adults get to use the new stuff and the kids…


When last year’s 10K contest was announced, I rushed to participate. The 10K contest, sponsored this last time by Microsoft and A List Apart, is an opportunity for web designers and coders to show how much can be done with only 10 kilobytes of data.

Since it would have to be done quickly, I decided to design an informational site I and my family would use. That way, I wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time doing interviews: I know these users very well already!

Choosing the Data

So, what information is useful to us? What do we look up online that…


South Boundary Ave. in Aiken, SC, where I live. Photo by Frank DiBona.

I don’t recognize his name, but I know his work. Richard Florida’s 2002 book Rise of the Creative Class both encouraged and predicted the urban renewal sparked by young professionals moving in to city centers. Now Florida has written a new book about the problems caused by rapid gentrification and rising income inequality, The New Urban Crisis.

In an interview in Vox, Florida and Timothy B. Lee discuss the urban crisis, its probable causes, and possible solutions: “The author of Rise of the Creative Class is grappling with its dark side”

At the end of the interview, Lee brings up…


My husband and I both work full-time and we have two elementary-age kids. This means that our life can get pretty busy sometimes, what with everyone’s activities, obligations, doctor appointments, etc.

Several months ago, my husband wished for a way to organize our chaotic schedules, to have a big-picture idea of what was coming instead of just being unpleasantly surprised by his phone alerting him that David has a basketball game across town in 15 minutes. …


I’m a news junkie, particularly political news. So I started following the 2016 Presidential campaign back in 2015, when candidates were still prepping for the primaries. Reading all those stories, I kept noticing something about Donald Trump, who was, if you remember, still regarded as something of a joke back then.

I kept seeing all these allusions to Russia in and around Trump’s campaign. I didn’t know what to make of it, so I began to joke that he was in debt to the Russian mafia. After all, it was pretty clear that his finances weren’t as rosy as he…

Susanna King

Storyteller, artist, avid reader, old school computer nerd.

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