Weather or Not

Last November, on a frigid, wet morning, when the weather began to dip into uncomfortably cold temperatures, I walked into work followed by a co-worker known for his sarcastic remarks. Upon stepping indoors, he unzipped his jacket and proclaimed “I can’t wait to talk about the weather today! Did you see the weather? The weather is the weather!” I immediately buckled over in laughter, mostly because...Read More

Don’t Walk, Run.

While sitting on stage in front of a room of fired-up women at the United State of Women Galvanize Conference in Chicago on July 15, 2017, Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson had one word of advice: “RUN.” The suggestion, or instruction (depending upon your interpretation), was echoed by a number of speakers throughout the day, and leaders including Dick Durbin and Valerie Jarrett encouraged women to run...Read More
Dark Shopping Day

Branded

I admit it: I love brands. I drool over breezy Chloe gowns in Vogue and fratty Patagonia jackets. I even get off on a classic blue Croc. As aware as I am of the unsustainable, consumptive nature of capitalism, I am aware that I love consuming. What’s worse, I am a recent college graduate who has a budget big enough to cover my basic needs and...Read More

Vermiculture Venture

As a 22-year-old and recent college graduate, I have rapidly entered into the process of awakening to the harsh and beautiful realities of growing up. No one prepares you with an all-encompassing guidebook to student loan debt, credit scores, taxes, the constriction of freedom, cooking, cleaning out the stove when you drop an egg yolk into the burner, and existential aloneness. But out of all the...Read More

Clean to the Extreme

I have always despised washing my hands. At the age of seven my parents required that I open the door after using the toilet in order to guarantee that I physically put my hands in the sink under running water. The sanitary surveillance began after the discovery of my fake-out trick: turning on the tap and wiggling the towel hanger to replicate the sounds of hand...Read More