What is Existential Ergonomics?

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” --Jean-Paul Sartre What if we could wrestle down life’s big questions using the scientific method? What if we could systematically improve human thoughts, actions, and environments... Continue Reading →

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Blind Activism

In 1999, my sewing teacher invited her students to participate in an international relief effort. At ten years old, I spent much of my summer sewing up quilts for Kosovo. They were simple quilts, with a sheet of batting sandwiched between two coordinating sheets of cotton fabric, secured with yarn knots at regular intervals. The... Continue Reading →

The Space of Possibility

My journal ran out of blank pages this week, so I sent my boyfriend to retrieve some things from the condo. He donned the P3 respirator and goggles, and went inside. When he emerged, he was not carrying any of the items I had requested. He found the blank moleskin notebooks I collect each Christmas,... Continue Reading →

August, Already?

Wow, this week has been a wild ride. How is it already August? Can you believe it? A dear friend moved 1,200 miles away this over the weekend. All but one of my friend has left Phoenix in the last two years, due to catapulting rental rates. It seems the only people who can afford... Continue Reading →

Tethers to The Past and to The Future

In my junior year of high school, while learning about World War II, I proudly told my AP History teacher that my grandfather had worked on the Manhattan Project. Alongside Fermi and numerous other brilliant chemical engineers, he helped develop plutonium-239 in the metallurgical laboratory underneath the University of Chicago stadium. On the day the... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #103

Hello, there! How are you? My life currently feels like a extended layover. I've left my home and am not yet to my destination, yet there is no rush. I'm watching the wide-eyed children point at toy planes lifted by some invisible hand. I'm taking in the sights, content and unaffected. Phoenix is currently in... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

This week, we learned that we will likely be losing our home. Well, it's not quite that simple. Our HOA sent a third-party mold tester to our home last week. We sent him inside to do his thing and waited patiently outside in the 118° heat. He drilled dozens of holes in the drywall, took... Continue Reading →

The Land of Opportunity

My best friend immigrated to America nine years ago. She left a poor region of a communist Asian country to pursue an education in London, and then a new life in America. She is feisty, opinionated, and far from the submissive type. She came to America in pursuit life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.... Continue Reading →

Purgatory

My partner won a seat on the board of the HOA. The president from hell, after over ten years of dictatorship over the community, was not re-elected. Our home is still uninhabitable due to mold which, without our numerous HEPA filters, is now visibly growing on the furniture. The smell of the home is so... Continue Reading →

Update: No Update

Goodness, it's been awhile! Two months later, little has changed and, yet, simultaneously, so much has. Three months ago, our home was deemed unsafe due to high levels of biotoxins. We moved in with my in-laws and have alternating continually between gratitude and ripping our hair out. You know how that goes. The HOA and... Continue Reading →

Adieu, Farewell, and Goodbye For Now

Today, we're leaving our home. And we may not return. We're taking a week's worth of clothing, my work laptop, and basic toiletries. Nothing else. Including the computer on which I am writing. Everything is overwhelming and in flux right now. It feels like I'm trapped in a nightmare, but too drugged up to realize... Continue Reading →

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