Category: Life

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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 stood out with 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. I had to say goodbye to all my friends in Dupo, Illinois. A few months later, they wrote me a packet of letters...

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5 Fake Starbucks Ideas

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

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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, but I go to the coffee shop for the atmosphere and the...

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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...

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The Real London Bridge

You’ve never seen London Bridge, even if you grew up in London. You may have seen a bridge called “London Bridge”, but it’s not the famous bridge of verse and song. The real London...

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To Change a Light Bulb

Mechanical abilities do not run strong in the Lovelace clan. Not in my branch of the family at least. Neither me nor my dad have ever been very good at making and fixing things....

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Always Use a Condiment

When it comes to food, my slogan is “always use a condiment”. I’ve been a big fan of sauces and condiments ever since I was a little kid, and the habit hasn’t abated in...

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A Literal Kid

I was a very literal kid. More so than most. Like the other kids in the gifted and talented class, I tended to take words and terms at face value. Somehow my left brain...