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It’s been close to a year since the pandemic started, and it seems that things are coming together. The vaccines are being distributed to more people, and in SOME places, the spread of the virus is coming down.

A few weeks ago, author, vlogger, science persona, and all-around cool dude Hank Green (most notable for co-founding Crash Course) posted a video about post-pandemic behavior. In the video, he talks about a few things that he would like to go back to and some things he would like to keep after the pandemic.

I thought this was a pretty good idea…

I lost my best friend of twenty plus years last week, this is everything I’m thinking and feeling today

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Last week, my best friend in the entire world lost his life to drugs at the age of only 35. He left behind a 17-year-old daughter, who lost her mother to a tragic car accident when she was just a baby, as well as a 7-month-old baby boy and girlfriend who is now a single mother. So his death is a loss that has understandably more or less consumed his circle of close friends, family, and loved ones this week — myself included.

I’ve lost a lot of people close to me at early ages but this one cuts deep…

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by William Seavey

As I write, 5000 plus mostly Central American young people are arriving at the U.S. border weekly seeking entry/admission. They are in a desperate effort to escape poverty, violence and hopelessness in general in their home countries (yes, COUNTRIES, see below).

As everyone knows by now, this has only escalated with the Biden presidency whose policies — while not formally encapsulated as recently as March — sent a mixed message that immigrants were welcome. (But said NOT to come…yet). The perception transmitted (translated?) …

A bit of consistency goes a long way, and I got there by not caring if my writing was any good. Once I gained consistency, the quality followed.

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I have been a performer for around 15 years, so when lockdown hit, suddenly I had a lot more time on my hands. Instead of performing on stage, I was now spending more time worrying about what TV shows to watch that night.

At first, I resolved not to worry about it. I still had a day job that was both secure, and safe to do during the Pandemic. I remember prior to this that I felt my aim was to earn enough money through performing to be able to give up the day job. …

At various times in the last few years I have attempted different forms of journaling. Many were interesting, but none of them stuck. But in the last year I have developed a new, simple method of journaling, and it has really helped keep me sane during lockdown.

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I admit it, I’m a junkie for self development ‘hacks’. At one time it was because I was in pursuit of the one all powerful, explosive, super hack. Once found, it would be the key to unlock true happiness.

Then as the years went on, I realised that while there are many good adjustments you can make to help you in life, you can never beat hard work to unlock real achievement. Bummer, huh?

Some of this came from the sheer undeniability of life experience, but I also developed this understanding from listening to people who had achieved so much…

*Don’t worry, I did also learn some French

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It’s my eleventy-first day on Duolingo!

And despite the duolingo haters and the memes about the stalker owl, I actually really enjoy the app and how accessible it makes language learning.

In addition to learning French, I feel like it has shown me a few other life lessons, so here we go!

1. Stop overthinking and just get started

At the start of quarantine, I remember thinking “I should use this time to brush up on my French and learn some new vocab! Maybe by the time this month long stay-at-home order lifts, I can have a few new phrases under my belt.”

(Overly optimistic Krista of…

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After migrating here from Cuba fifty one years ago at nine years of age and considering myself an American, I have come to realize that the structures in place in the United States no longer resonate with my values and what I want out of life.

At my age, I am done with chasing the American dream and yearn for a life that is simpler. I yearn for more free time and less anxiety. I yearn for a slow life — a life of simplicity.

0I reject the idea of my worth being in my work. That what I do…

There’s nothing cultural about it

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Imagine a politically correct Archie Bunker, who got along swimmingly with his Son-In-Law and never made an off-color joke. You’d have no show.

In turn, you’d have no George Jefferson or Weezy.

No George Jefferson, who regularly used the word honky — a phrase I don’t believe has ever truly offended anyone in their right mind, ever — and like Archie, spewed lewd remarks about one group or another in almost every episode of the hit sitcom he starred in.

No George Jefferson, no Archie Bunker, and nothing of much value either.

We’re left with bland art and reruns of…

The power of silence provides a profound sense of clarity and allows us to do our best thinking

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The unhealthy brand of the “hustle” mentality made popular on the internet through toxic-entrepreneur culture and this obsession with overworking ourselves to the point of exhaustion is slowly but surely eating away at the state of our mental health and overall well-being.

According to — 16.2 million adults in America alone, reported having a major depressive episode in a given year. That is roughly seven percent of the country.

This is just adults, in a country where it is becoming increasingly common to prescribe antidepressants to our children. …

Please, let me explain.

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The older I get and friends of mine have children who are now the age we were when we became friends — the more I reflect on just how abnormal so much of our youth was, as well as how much of it was of our own making.

Don’t get me wrong, I was never one to blame others for my problems or circumstances and I’ve been well aware of how many of those I faced growing up were of my own making for quite some time now — but I don’t think even I realized how much chaos I…

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