“How are we going to pay these bills?”: Losing income to the pandemic when medical catastrophe hits


Soledad had her hours cut in half when the pandemic hit. Then her pregnancy developed serious problems By Ela Banerjee-Soledad Castillo/Saloncom This is an excerpt from the Unheard Voices of the Pandemic series from Voice of Witness. Interview and editing by Ela Banerjee, community partnership coordinator at Voice of Witness. Soledad Castillo is a narrator inContinue reading ““How are we going to pay these bills?”: Losing income to the pandemic when medical catastrophe hits”

The Biggest Wastes Of Time We Regret When We Get Older


There are things we all do, or don’t do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment. BY: Kristen Wong We spend a lot of energy looking for shortcuts to save time, and sure, those shortcuts add up. But when I look back, my biggest time regrets aren’t spendingContinue reading “The Biggest Wastes Of Time We Regret When We Get Older”

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict


An executive leadership coach shares some tips on how to approach potential conflicts.     By:Joel Garfinkle Avoiding or delaying a difficult conversation can hurt your relationships and create other negative outcomes. It may not feel natural at first, especially if you dread discord, but you can learn to dive into these tough talks byContinue reading “How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict”

Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing


The restaurant is located in the forest of Värmland. Photo: Jacque de illiers/imagebank.sweden.se Worried about the risk of infection while eating out? One restaurant in rural Sweden has taken the guidelines on social distancing to the extreme, serving individual diners in an empty field with the meal arriving by zipline. Aptly named “Bord for en”,Continue reading “Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing”

I Will Not Be Attending Your Exhausting Zoom Gathering


Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Getty Images Plus. By Christina Cauterucci/Slate At the beginning of this stretch of self-isolation, I craved the sight of my loved ones’ faces. Seeing them on my laptop screen and hearing about their lives would briefly drive out the loneliness and disorientation of my newly apartment-bound life, lending myContinue reading “I Will Not Be Attending Your Exhausting Zoom Gathering”

Ask the Rodfather: Real people DO cry!


STOP CRYING! MAN UP ! DON’T CRY, IT MAKES YOU LOOK WEAK! MEN, DON’T CRY! IF YOU DON’T STOP CRYING, I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO CRY ABOUT!  These wise tales, have damaged generations of people, particularly men.  Crying is a very natural emotion that has nothing to do with strength or character.  ForContinue reading “Ask the Rodfather: Real people DO cry!”

Why Texans Don’t Want Any More Californians


  Migrants from the Golden State could change the character of their new homes.   By: Derek Thompson/The Atlantic Across a frightened nation divided by politics and culture, a fragile harmony is ascendant, as Americans in small towns and large cities alike cry out in trembling unison: Hey, where did all these Californians come from?Continue reading “Why Texans Don’t Want Any More Californians”

The People of Las Vegas


Las Vegas is both stranger and more normal than you might imagine, and for some reason, people don’t think anyone lives there By Amanda Fortini/believermag.com   It’s February in Las Vegas, and because I have managed to step on my glasses and break them, as I do at least once a year, I have goneContinue reading “The People of Las Vegas”

Why some people are always late


BY:  Laura Clay/BBC Confession: I am a late person. At least, one in recovery. In fact, I’ve repeatedly, and embarrassingly, missed the deadline for this article. I’d love to pretend this is some journalistic form of ‘method’ acting. It is not. I know I’m not alone. We all know that person: there’s the child minderContinue reading “Why some people are always late”

“Sensual” isn’t the same as “sexual”: The practice of pleasure extends beyond the bedroom


Understanding sensuality as a mindset is an effective way to enjoy life on a daily basis By Gia Lynne From her book :“On Blossoming: Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasm, and More” I am a pleasure-positive writer, educator, and personal coach and am dedicated to researching and teaching theContinue reading ““Sensual” isn’t the same as “sexual”: The practice of pleasure extends beyond the bedroom”