Category: Life

Thoughts on life, travel and growing up

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Weird Things I Thought as a Kid

I though a lot of weird things when I was kid. There were words I got wrong and concepts I got mixed up, all to the consternation of my parents and teachers. Here are...

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Biggby Coffee in East Lansing

I’ve enjoyed coffee since I was a kid, and I always enjoyed going to coffee shops with my dad and/or grandpa. But it was only as a teenager that I really got into the...

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The Student Government Election

I was in student government in college, and I had some good times. I handed out candy and hot chocolate to constituents, and traveled to Washington, DC for a conference with the World Bank....

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Naps and Siestas

I drove my parents crazy as a kid. I was an insomnia baby, and getting me to sleep was next to impossible. I was too excited about life. There were just too many things...

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The Problem with Self-Help Books

I used to love self-help books. Throughout high school and college, I would go to the bookstore and peruse the self-help section. (I read other genres as well, but self-help books were my favorite...

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The Death of a Friend

My good friend Rachel Bjorklund passed away yesterday after a car accident in Indiana. Rachel was known for her bright red hair and her quiet but acerbic wit. I met her a couple of...

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The End of Long Lost Friends

When I was twelve years old, my family moved to Michigan, and I had to say goodbye to all my friends in Dupo, Illinois. A few months later, they wrote me a packet of...

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5 Fake Starbucks Ideas

A comedian named Nathan Fielder recently opened a coffee shop in California called “Dumb Starbucks”. It looked and felt just like a real Starbucks, but everything on the menu had the word “Dumb” in...

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The 5 Types of Coffee Shops

What makes a good coffee shop? Coffee, most obviously, but that’s not all. I know how to make good coffee at home. I go to the coffee shop for the atmosphere and the convenience....

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A Funny Thing About Nostalgia

I heard an old 1990s song the other day. I think it was the New Radical’s “You Get What You Give.” As with most one-hit-wonders, it invokes an awful lot of nostalgia. Whenever I...