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  • The Case Against Student Debt

    The Case Against Student Debt

    “Let’s cancel student debt!” The notion of having your student debt forgiven and forgotten sounds like a miracle to anyone who has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a college education. As someone who has experienced debt forgiveness accidentally, it really is a miracle. About a million years ago, I attended a prestigious art…

  • The Time to Ban Assault Weapons is Overdue

    The Time to Ban Assault Weapons is Overdue

    I am anti gun. I don’t have a gun, I don’t use guns, and I don’t abide guns in my presence. That wasn’t always the case. When I was a kid, my dad taught me to shoot with his .22 rifle. In the 1950s, my grandfather won multiple trap-shooting trophies, not to mention lots of…

  • 57 Channels and Nothin’ On

    57 Channels and Nothin’ On

    At the risk of sounding even more like an elderly person, I’m going to share what it was like to watch TV forty years ago. Or, if you’re “elderly” like me, I’ll just be refreshing your memory.

  • Don’t give up, just go on!

    Don’t give up, just go on!

    “Washington Mutual, how may I help you?” That was me. I was sitting in the middle of a call center in the San Fernando Valley, with a headset on and my fingers poised at a keyboard. It was a late and chilly Thursday night as I worked the night shift as a CSR for Washington…

  • Who Defines Success?

    Who Defines Success?

    “Sad.” That’s the response I got from a friend after I announced we were closing our custom screen printing business in February 2023. We had been in business for a little over ten years. For a two-person operation, we had a nice chunk of the apparel printing market in Southern California for many years. In…

  • The Cure for Homelessness

    The Cure for Homelessness

    “Dive bomb!” A person on the Metro red line had been tossing plastic baggies of puzzle pieces at people’s feet on the train. Once, as the doors opened, she waited until they were just about to close, yelled “Dive Bomb!” and tossed a puzzle piece baggie at a passerby on the platform. This was our…

  • Eating for Pleasure

    Eating for Pleasure

    It’s 6:00 PM on a Saturday and I’m dusting mushrooms. No, that’s not a euphemism; I am literally dusting mushrooms with an unused shaving brush. You may not have realized it (I didn’t), but there is a hefty amount of dirt on those mushrooms we all buy at the grocery store, sealed in shrink wrap…

  • Figuring It Out

    Figuring It Out

    I haven’t typically shared deeply personal things on this blog. Sure, I offer goofy quips about myself and my family on my About page, and most of my posts have a personal slant to them. But I haven’t gotten truly personal. I think that’s going to change. I mean, no, I’m not going to give…

  • This To-Do List Will Not Kill Me

    This To-Do List Will Not Kill Me

    A while back I wrote about using a bullet journal to save my brain. An ambitious title and idea, for sure. I wouldn’t necessarily say my brain has been saved. Marginally boosted? Whatever. I still love my bullet journal and I use it every day. But the main concept behind my daily use is something…

  • I have no idea what the hell I’m doing, either

    I have no idea what the hell I’m doing, either

    It’s true. Sometimes I have no idea what the hell I’m doing. Do you know? All the time? Or are you like me, where sometimes you figure out one part but in another area you’re completely lost? I don’t have everything all planned out with a clear agenda, all the time. I’m constantly evaluating where…

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