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What Type of Animal Would You Like to Attend Your Zoom Meeting?

What Type of Animal Would You Like to Attend Your Zoom Meeting?

A few months ago, I learned about an animal sanctuary called Sweet Farm that was offering a unique service during the pandemic: For a donation, you can have Sweet Farm arrange for one of their llamas to attend your Zoom meeting. From a business perspective, I though this was brilliant. The sanctuary probably saw a […]


How Are You Preventing Carpal Tunnel?

Recently I started to experience an odd numbness in my right thumb, palm, and wrist. I monitored it for a few days, and as the numbness persisted, it was clear that the symptoms matched with those of carpal tunnel syndrome. I’m actually surprised (and lucky) that this is the first time I’ve felt such symptoms, […]


Have You Ever Tried a Mud Mask?

Have You Ever Tried a Mud Mask?

Last year when Megan and I visited New Zealand, we stopped in an area called Rotorua that is famous for its mud pools and geysers. While perusing the gift shop, we noticed a mud mask face peel ointment that used the local mud to replenish and refresh skin, so we bought a small bottle to […]


What Do You Think of the Hamilton Musical?

What Do You Think of the Hamilton Musical?

I watched the Hamilton musical on Disney+ this weekend, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My surprise wasn’t indicative of the musical itself; in fact, I had rather high expectations for it. Rather, it’s rare that a musical can keep my attention for more than one or two dance numbers. But […]


Some Good News: A Watershed Moment for the LGBTQ Community in America

Some Good News: A Watershed Moment for the LGBTQ Community in America

It’s been tough to find good news in 2020, but I was incredibly happy to see today that the US Supreme Court ruled that gay, lesbian and transgender workers are protected by federal by civil rights law in America (CNN link). To be perfectly honest, it’s also incredibly disappointing that LGBTQ workers were ever not covered by […]


Atonement

In response to yesterday’s Stonemaier Games’ declaration of action against racial injustice and inequality, a screenshot of a blog post I wrote in 2013 about my Roomba vacuum cleaner has been circulated. The post, like a handful of others I wrote when I was younger, is embarrassingly misogynistic, and the Roomba post in particular includes […]


Gratitude and a Declaration

Gratitude and a Declaration

Over the last few weeks on a variety of platforms, I’ve made mistake after mistake while trying to address the tragic killing of George Floyd and express my support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). People have called me out on it, and I deserve everything they’ve said. Despite the tone-deaf nature of […]


Two Infographics About Being a Better Ally

Two Infographics About Being a Better Ally

Today I’d like to share some words of wisdom and 2 infographics from Seerut K. Chawla (a psychotherapist) about being a better ally. This really opened my eyes, and I’m very grateful to Joe for sharing it with me. “White fragility is a many headed beast, we have genuinely compassionate people who feel guilty about […]



Why Do US Presidents Play Golf (Specifically)?

Why Do US Presidents Play Golf (Specifically)?

Okay, just to be clear from the start, this isn’t a criticism of any specific president for playing golf. Just like other humans, presidents need exercise too. Rather, my question is about why golf instead of other sports. And yes, there are a few intuitive answers: Golf is a no-contact sport with a low injury […]


Entertainment Potpourri!

Entertainment Potpourri!

I’ve been accumulating some topics for which I don’t have a full post’s worth of content to write about, so I’ll compile them below: Lion King (live-action movie): I liked it! It’s beautiful, and there’s some good humor in it that’s not in the original movie. I also liked how a little more time (just […]


The Day Has Finally Come!

The Day Has Finally Come!

My friends, I’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long time. And it’s finally here. I’m 39. I grew up after typewriters and word processors–we had real computers back in my day, powerful machines like the 286. Despite the world having moved on from typewriters, however, we were still instructed to enter 2 […]


Are You Able to Grow an “Isolation Beard”?

Are You Able to Grow an "Isolation Beard"?

I’ve noticed more and more media personalities (and random people) growing “isolation beards.” I’m not quite sure of the reason or motivation behind the beards, as these peoples’ faces are appearing on camera just as much–if not more–than before. Regardless, isolation beards seems to be a trend, so I want one too. The problem is […]


10 Ways the World May Change After the Virus

Even though we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I have hope and curiosity for the future. Today I thought I’d share a few predictions about what I think may permanently change in the aftermath of this crisis. In no particular order: Division between those with COVID-19 antibodies and those without. This is a […]


I Wish I’d Been Doing This for Years on Facebook

I Wish I'd Been Doing This for Years on Facebook

For years now, I’ve hardly posted anything on my personal Facebook feed. I use Facebook all the time (especially for business), but posting content on my feed felt odd. The best way I can describe it is that Facebook posts felt too much like announcements, but I have this blog for such things. And for […]


What’s Your Favorite Kitchen Life Hack?

What's Your Favorite Kitchen Life Hack?

Have you ever seen one of those amazing life hack videos where you learn that you can soften butter in minutes, make a functional carburetor out of 3 potatoes, and dispose unwanted olives (i.e., all olives)? I love those videos! And articles too (like this one). As cool as they are, I rarely remember to […]


What Is Your Favorite VR Game?

What Is Your Favorite VR Game?

I’m VERY new to virtual reality games, but I think I’ve found an early contender for my favorite. Prior to my recent discovery, the two VR games I’d played were Beat Saber and a spellcasting game. Beat Saber is great–you stand in one place and slash incoming blocks with lightsabers while dancing to a variety […]


Have You Ever Tried Demolition?

Have You Ever Tried Demolition?

I’m not particularly handy. My dad can take apart and put together anything, but home improvement simply isn’t my forte. Recently, though, Megan and I were invited to help some friends demolish their kitchen. I’ve never torn anything down before, so I thought it would be fun. Over the course of a few hours, we […]


How Do You Prevent Your Monitor from Wobbling?

How Do You Prevent Your Monitor from Wobbling?

I have a problem. In fact, I’ve had this problem for a long time, and I’m finally realizing that I genuinely need to find a permanent solution, not a temporary fix. I work from home, spending most of my time on a desktop computer. I have two monitors, both of which are on my sit-stand […]


How Do You Eat a Fortune Cookie?

How Do You Eat a Fortune Cookie?

I am not a superstitious person. That said, there are certain things I do just for fun. I know they don’t mean anything, but I enjoy doing them anyway. The process of eating a fortune cookie is one of them. Here’s how I do it: I break the fortune cookie in half and pull it […]


Biddy Is Now a Teenager!

Biddy Is Now a Teenager!

Today is Biddy’s 13th birthday! Almost thirteen years, I adopted a little kitten from the Humane Society. Even though he’s all grown up now, in many ways he’s still a kitten–he’s cuddly, playful, always hungry, and extremely excited and pleased with himself after using the litter box. I tried to give Biddy special birthday treatment […]


Which Fictional Magic System Would You Most Like to Be Real (If Any)?

Which Fictional Magic System Would You Most Like to Be Real (If Any)?

After recently completing the amazing conclusion to the 5-book Lightbringer series, I posed a question to Megan: If any fictional magic system suddenly became real, which would you choose? There are a variety of ways to look at this. Do you make your pick based on the type of magic you’d most like to try? […]


3 Internet Pet Peeves I Learned Today

Yesterday I wrote an article in which I questioned the kid-friendliness of a specific portion of the halftime show. I wasn’t trying to be controversial–rather, it was a matter of me experiencing something I rarely think about (I don’t have kids), expressing an opinion, and asking for other perspectives. The article generated quite a bit […]


Do You Think the Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Kid Friendly?

Do You Think the Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Kid Friendly?

I don’t have kids of my own. I have nieces and nephews that I deeply care about, but when I’m not around them, it’s rare that I consider the kid-friendliness of pretty much anything. The Super Bowl halftime show was different. I was at a party last night with 7 adults and 6 kids. Other […]