Why Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday

A reflection on such a community-oriented holiday, and why I love it, even minus the community in 2020 due to the pandemic.

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2020 has been quite a year. Words hardly do justice to the range of events that have pummeled our human shores, like waves crashing again and again on the beach. I won’t be able to list everything here; besides, there are innumerable personal tragedies, alongside the national and global ones, that have etched themselves into our lives that I simply don’t know about.

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College Disrupted – A Pandemic Gap Year Could Cost You $90k

90,000 is definitely a chunk of change. Find out how delaying college can cost that much or more, and what to do about it.

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What do you like to put off? Work? Chores? How about college? Because of the pandemic, more and more college-aged kids decided to delay starting their freshman year. There are a lot of reasons for this; some would say that in-person learning, surrounded by like-minded peers in the pursuit of…education? Partying? Both?… is an integral part of the college experience.

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10 Acts of Kindness To Do During the Pandemic

Kindness is key; it’s our secret superpower, and it’s time we started using it. Here are some ways to start.

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What does the world need right now, more than anything else? The best answer I come up with is some kind of collective, global, earth-shaking hug. But, since we still live in a pandemic, and that would probably be tough to organize anyway, I’ll settle for something just as good: small acts of kindness that can be practiced safely during these pandemic days.

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How to Celebrate Halloween During a Pandemic

Hint: It involves lots and lots of candy. And maybe some spooky cocktails too…

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It’s Spooky Season folks. And what a spooky season it is. Trick-or-Treating is out this year (at least in California) and anxieties are running high, or they ought to be, because of the Presidential Election on November 3rd (VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!). As I said earlier this week in a different blog, it’s a stressful time. As the cool earthiness of autumn sets in it can be hard to remember what normalcy, good times, or even relaxation feels like.

So that’s why, even with trick-or-treating not in the cards (Tarot cards that is), I wanted to lay out a few ways you and your friends, peers, family, whoever, can still have a spooktacular Halloweekend. Let’s get to it.

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Got Zoom Fatigue? Here’s Some Ways to De-Stress During a Pandemic

A few ways to unwind and uncoil the knots of stress that I know are lodged deep within you as we speak (because I have them too).

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On March 15, 2020, America went into lockdown. The experience was akin to a butterfly being forced back into a cocoon because of circumstances beyond its control. And then, two weeks later, America’s restless cocoon period was extended, and then extended again.

Now, different parts of the United States, and indeed the world, are operating at different frequencies of openness, business, socialness, etc. This has always been true of course, but now those frequencies are painted in sharp lines; it’s not that business looks different in Texas or Arizona from New York, it’s that it sort of has to look different, due to a virus that has taken more than 200,000 American lives, and sadly will continue to take more.

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7 Ways to Help a Survivor of Relationship Violence During a Pandemic (and Beyond)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Here are some resources for when a friend, peer, student, or whoever, is facing relationship violence and abuse, for Pandemic times and all other times.

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Every day, it now seems, has a host of meanings tacked on to it. National Ice Cream Day, National Puppy Day, National Fluffernutter Day; the list goes on and on. There are also many month-long remembrances, but these tend to take on more meaning, which is fitting considering they are undoubtedly more worthwhile to remember than many of the “National Days.” And that’s why it’s so important that we do keep track and do talk about what is going on each month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is, without a doubt, an issue that needs to be talked about not just in October, but year round.

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How-To Time: Job Interview Dress Codes

A guide on dressing for those pesky virtual job interviews, courtesy of the pandemic.

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Fashion Month has just concluded (Sept. 14 – Oct. 6) and that’s too bad. There’s really nothing better, in this writer’s obviously biased opinion, then watching showcases of luxuriant and out there fashions. We saw highlights from Loewe, subverting said luxury with a bit of a wink and some very bubbly looking garms; on a separate note, we also had the privilege (not really) of witnessing a sneaker collaboration between Cole Haan (the folks who make the dress shoes you get at the mall) and workplace messaging company Slack.

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Going Back to College During the Pandemic

If you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19, going back to school may be the smart move. Here’s a few tips on how to get started.

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Let’s not beat around the bush. This has been an extremely tough time for so many people, around the world, and all across the United States. The current pandemic has stretched our patience, our budgets, our health, and our wellbeing beyond words. Besides the number of global and American lives lost, for many people this time has been even worse for one simple reason: they lost their job.

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