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Perspectives

Thoughts on Living With an Optimist

The other day, I arrived at the first boss fight in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. For the record, I hate boss fights. I detest them and always have since a first play-through of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords led me to a massive boss fight that culminated in a very short […]

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Politics

Political Optimism is All I Can Do

I am part of the demographic that’s threatening to become a lost generation thanks to the economic issues we’re all facing. Optimism about the future is the only thing I know how to do right now.

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Life

My Sister Rocks

Sometimes I like to throw myself little pity parties when things aren’t going my way, forgetting at times the myriad ways I am so damn lucky and letting the nonsense make me blue. Then I think of my sister, the struggles she has endured and triumphed over, and I snap myself out of it even […]

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Life

Graduation – it’s that time of year again

This past week, I had the great fortune to see some truly exceptional young men and women graduate from institutions of learning. I’m not big on ceremonies, but there’s just something so moving, such a sense of closure and optimism, that comes with graduations. Oddly enough, the events seemed tempered by some strange graduation speeches.

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We try it!

In Which I Take Up Gardening

I was raised by a gardening expert. I grew up eating fresh basil, tomatoes, corn, and herbs. I learned at a young age that worms were weird looking, but they were harmless to people and in fact very helpful to a garden.

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News

What You Oughta Know About Nigeria

Bring up Nigeria in polite, educated company and you’re almost guaranteed the same reaction: a bemused smile, a derisory reference towards email scams, and a quick change of subject. Almost nobody will bring up the vast natural resource, recent strides in domestic developments, or thriving art scene that makes up this industrious nation. However, with […]

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Just for Fun

Simple Pleasures

Since I’ve been getting the sense around these parts that it’s been kind of a bad week for a lot of people, I thought I’d be an annoying chirpy optimist and share some of the little things in life that make me happy. Join me, won’t you?

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 2/22

Well, hello there. It’s Tuesday, but it feels like a Monday for the Americans among us who had Presidents’ Day off. Still, making it to lunchtime is a little victory for us all, eh? Today’s poll, partially inspired by Nanna’s lovely piece yesterday, is about goals.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 2/1

Happy February, everyone! Or not. Despite the fact that this month starts off strong with some family and friends’ birthdays, February as a whole is my least-favorite month. I just think the cozy charm of winter has worn off and everyone is looking forward to the spring.

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Perspectives

On Optimism

Meghan’s post on New Year’s resolutions, in addition to being awesome, got me thinking about my own attitudes about the New Year. I didn’t have any adorably ambitious resolutions as a child, but I did catch on to the whole spirit of renewal that comes with a new year, at least in part.

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The Daily Goodie

Daily Goodie: Holiday Enthusiasm

I secretly love folks who go all out with holiday decorations.  It takes a certain amount of optimism and good cheer to go the whole nine yards with the lights and the snowmen and the giant inflatable characters.  Today’s daily goodie is an example of holiday enthusiasm at it’s finest.