I get it. Marilyn Monroe slept with a…

But she isn't a bad person. I've been thinking about her quite a lot lately. Perhaps it's because winter break just passed and I love me some movie marathons. Perhaps it's because I spend most…

Holiday Conversation

Holiday editorials and opinions commonly diverge into two distinct categories: appreciation or warning. Many will share heartwarming stories of Christmases long ago and the importance of loving those around you; while others will remind you…

In the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda

A few weeks ago, on November 9, a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines. With winds as fast as 195 mph and gusts going as fast as 235 mph, a good portion of the country was…

Perception

“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” – Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without…

Giving Back To Others

This is the time of the year where Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Every year, millions flock to their local supermarkets and shop for copious amounts of groceries and presents to enjoy a homemade feast with the…

Do It For You

I once spoke to a friend, a college graduate of some years with a promising career, about my own plans after graduation. When I said that I intended to go for a doctorate straight after…

Bus Ride Thoughts

What is lacking from my never ceasing college career are the moments of clarity: to think, to process, to keep and let go. And even though it's difficult to wake up early and coming home…

Stress Management

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a…