One Tip to Become More Attractive and Successful

It is safe to say most people want to become more attractive and successful. Most marketing aims to play on this desire for sales, but I'll give you this little wisdom nugget for free. Let's say you work with another individual. You find yourself wanting to speak negatively about this person's appearance when you see…

When Art Imitates Life

I read an article today hypothesizing a dark and morbid sense of humor was a sign of higher intelligence citing an experiment led by Ulrike Willinger at the Medical University of Vienna. Participants were shown twelve cartoons depicting dark humor relating to suicide, violence, and other topics considered morbid. Participants reporting they appreciated the humor…

Symbiosis

When I was a little, I remember my grandmother’s plant stash filling the rear of her home, and my mother had a Pothos on top of the refrigerator that reached to the floor. My mother always had a range of philodendrons propagated in glasses of water, and we grew miniature bushes from sweet potato scraps…

When I think of the moments of elation I have experienced over some of my successes, I am astounded at the number of times they have been accompanied by elation's hellish opposite. -Steve Martin

Too Much Work Flow

Hello, everyone. My name is Lindsey, and I'm a workaholic. "Hello, Lindsey!" I've had a wake up call in the past year, and I've come to realize I work too much. I was nearly hospitalized over a minor illness, something comparable to a sinus infection, simply because I would not take time off work to…

A Lesson on Lot’s Wife

I’ve always been intrigued by the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, and why Lot’s wife was saved just to be turned into a pillar of salt for daring to look back. I never understood it as a child, but I found myself recently revisiting this story as an allegory instead of a literal retelling and…

I Love you, Man

I think it’s only natural to criticize your parents’ judgment when it comes to our upbringings. Maybe it is an innate sense of entitlement or a certain amount of self-righteousness, and maybe it is due to the inability to recognize a majority of our flaws are essentially universal. I think it is safe to assume…

Stoicism

What does it mean to hold yourself accountable? I know I’m late to the party, but I’ve been reading up on Marcus Aurelius.  It never ceases to amaze me how little people have changed over time in terms of our demons and innermost desires.   I find myself sometimes reading a bit of history or something,…

Radio Ga Ga

It is uncanny the way someone imprints on you with such a short amount of time together. I work with foster children, and I maintain a caseload comprised of ten to fifteen children at any given time. We work together for roughly a year to a year and a half. Those children are not just…