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Instead, care about the one thing in this world that really matters: your character

At the writing of this piece, the date is November 2nd, 2020 — the eve of (what I’m told) is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes. Well technically, as voice of reason and fellow Jelly Belly hater, Jonah Goldberg, often reiterates, the election has been going on for a while now with all the early and mail-in voting stuff. It seems that about half the country at this point has already submitted a vote for, in all likelihood, one of the two septuagenarians drooling it out for commander-in-chief. …


How will Vanlife’s appearance on Joe Rogan affect the future of a movement?

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Portrait of the author, Crew Member of The Good Ship Follow Through

The Vanlife movement, a movement of which I’m a relatively late but full-throated member, has taken its fair share of blows as far as alternative living trends might go. Born out of the Tiny House movement, Vanlife was a dynamic and nimble way of expressing one’s intention to live a more considered life. Fewer things allow for a life less encumbered by the trappings of consumerism, fast fashion, and waste. A smaller space requires one to move through space with grace and purpose — couples even more so and they were better for it.

Throw into the mix the drivetrain…


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Just add water

Indoor gardeners, especially those like myself whose continued lack of foresight keeps them shackled to their miniature Brooklyn apartments, are the keepers of a binary struggle. The dilemma is simple: how does one reconcile the joy of a home full of plants with the practicality of fostering and maintaining a miniature jungle? Since botany, you’ll agree, is the closest thing to real live magic, a house or apartment full of plants fairly makes it’s caretaker something of a wizard. Yet even wizards have limits, and the desire for more plants/sorcery must be curtailed. The struggle, as they say, is real…


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How a phony hate crime contaminated meaningful discourse around identity

It’s been a little over two months since Empire actor Jussie Smollett reported that he was attacked — victimized due to his race, sexual preference and criticism of President Trump — in the early morning hours outside of a Chicago Subway Sandwich franchise. His attackers, Smollett would allege, wore ski-masks, berated him with racist and homophobic slurs, beat him, poured on him an ‘unknown liquid’ suggested to have been bleach, said to him: ‘this is MAGA country’, and even managed to slip a noose around his neck.

The attack, initially investigated as a hate crime by the Chicago Police Department…


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What’s That Thing They Say About Glass Houses, Again?

With every new job comes what’s called a ‘honeymoon period’– a finite length of time in which a new hire enjoys a feeling of satisfaction and gladness having escaped that dump of a job they had before this one. The future is a glowing orb and you’re basking in it. While the duration of this period may vary, in general, it must come to an end. For freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), it would seem her shorter-than-average honeymoon period has come to a screeching and abrupt halt.

With a few notable but not altogether unexpected exceptions, neither the national media…


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The inevitability of automation, job loss and the only presidential candidate willing to talk about it

Since filing the appropriate I-wanna-run-for-president forms with the FEC back in November of 2017, Andrew Yang has been steadily making his way into the conversation surrounding the 2020 presidential election. With his February 12th appearance on mega-podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, his recent interviews on both Fox Business and The New York Times, you can bet that ‘Yang 2020' will be a much more commonly uttered phrase at all of your favorite watering holes. In light of what will be a predictably steep rise in popularity over the next 300 or so days till the election, it might be prudent…


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America’s National Parks were given special prominence during this past record-breaking government shut down. Joshua Trees chopped down, piles of trash left by neglectful park visitors accumulating in large heaps, and bathrooms overflowing with waste. Even more dreadful, reports by CNN and The Washington Post suggest that at least three deaths could have or might have been avoided if the parks were properly staffed with emergency or law enforcement personnel (though the connection is fairly tenuous as Reason’s Zurl Davis points out).

Given the hyperbolic tendency of mainstream media to over-extend itself in efforts to satiate the hunger of a…

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Writer/Small Business Owner/Horticultural Virtue Signaler

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