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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Web Miscellany: Compilation #44

Hello there, beautiful people! How has your week been? Mine been turbulent, with my boyfriend admitted to the hospital for seven days while my best friend from college (who I hadn't seen in nine years!) had flown in for surgery at a different hospital. Thankfully, they're both doing well. What are you up to this... Continue Reading →

I Was Allergic to My Birth Control

I force a cough and it's done. The gynecologist drops a small T-shaped device on the bedside tray, its bloody tail looping into a figure eight. The petite women with blue gloves and a wide smile reminds me to call if I need anything before shutting the door behind her. I had the copper IUD... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #43

Hello friends! How has the week found you? Mine has resembled a Jackson Pollack masterpiece in the medium of half-digested broccoli. What are you up to this weekend? My boyfriend is staying at the hospital for a few days, so I'll likely spend my waking hours reading The Immortalists and start packing for our upcoming trip to... Continue Reading →

The Fear of Loss

I walked outside and instantly squealed. Two miniature ground squirrels, each less than two inches long, peeked their tiny heads out of the expansive den outside our front door. The next day, there were eight small creatures; the day after that, twelve. The three proud mamas--Squeak, Blossom and Sprawly--are doing their best to feed thier... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere

I picked up Little Fires Everywhere after it came highly recommended and the work of fiction did not disappoint. Celeste Ng’s second novel snaps the portrait of community, its families and their friends, highlighting the thorny issues that drive them apart and draw them together. The character-driven story delves into a variety of themes, in... Continue Reading →

Fearlessly Taking Flight

As flat palms and extended fingers are pressed into an assortment of mats and as shins are carefully balanced on triceps, I remain crumpled at angles—tiny grid marks forming on my forehead as the smell of 5-year-old rubber wafts up my nose, trying to steal my attention. I am learning, ever so slowly, to listen... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #42

What are you up to this (long) weekend? I'm getting a follow-up MRI to check up on Petey the pituitary tumor, setting aside time to continue reading Little Fires Everywhere (yay, public library!) and spending time with my mom while my dad is visiting my sister in Missouri. I'm also trying to plan fun things to do... Continue Reading →

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