Did you know most of the food at grocery stores is thrown out after a certain period of time? Did you know this food isn’t even bad, but laws prevent stores from donating or continuing to sell the food.  This is a disgrace. These laws make absolutely no sense! It would make much more sense to test when the food goes bad – and if money-spending people want the highest quality food in their stores, the food that is a little older should be donated. We often hear that hunger and malnutrition is common in developing countries, but it is … Continue reading

Vines

I don’t know much about farming or the economy. What I do know is that farms need laborers, and it looks like the raise in minimum wage is making it hard for some farmers to break even. This article right here Talks about how some farms are struggling due to long hours, low wages, and lack of man-power, whereas other farms, especially in Napa Valley, are succeeding. They are more esteemed and their bottles of wine sell for $300, as opposed to grocery store-priced wine.  I don’t know the solution, but it is clear that this is a problem. I hope we … Continue reading Vines

Lightening Rod

“Celebrities are lightning rods in a literal sense. The real work of combating bigotry is handled not by groovy street theatrics but by the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who march and protest and call their legislators.” – Ginia Bellafante Shia LaBeouf and the Pitfalls of Celebrity Activism Shia Lebouf’s attempt to show the strength of the nation in times of division only led to more exemplification of said division. Celebrities attract the attention of all, and like the quotes thought above expressed to us, the real work that is done is by the general population. Positive or negative, … Continue reading Lightening Rod

More Play = Less Stress

More play = less school = less anxiety and depression = less young adult and child suicide = more trust = more freedom = more creativity and active learning.  The TED Talk on The Decline of Play and Rise of Mental Illness bings up great points. Play is imperative to a child’s development and success in later life. One point that was very apparent was the effect of school on children’s early lives. School brings an entire new stress to the attention of today’s generation.  The speaker brought up the point that we do not need more school – we … Continue reading More Play = Less Stress

Privilege

After reading this article from the New York Times, I thought a lot about how classes still very much exist in the US. Equality is there, but not in the form of status, as represented by the stark contrast between the poor citizens living off welfare and the rich that have the means to appoint others to do simple daily tasks for them. This quote from author Rosenfeld especially stuck out to me: ” I began to appreciate the extent to which privilege and deprivation are passed down from generation to generation ” I’m gonna be honest. I’m one of the kids … Continue reading Privilege

Abracadabra

Have you ever wondered why you hear different versions of popular songs? Sometimes up-and-coming bands take an old, popular song, and make their own “cover.” Take Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra” (Abracadabra) – covered by a few lesser known artists, as well as the rock group Sugar Ray, it has become a huge hit in the U.S.  Sometimes when I am searching for music, I happen upon the cover before I find the original of a song. This presents the quandary of whether the original is best, and whether its covers can even begin to trump the former. For example, I … Continue reading Abracadabra