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From diapers to trading desks, and dress shoes to sneakers.

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My day starts at 3AM. The soft cries wake me from dreary slumber; a sleep that has not measured more than three hours straight since those cries were first heard. There is no movement next to me. No relief coming. The breast pump tubing has probably just started to cool in the fridge.

I lay awake with my eyes closed, begging for the cries to dissipate and disappear. They only amplify. A sudden shriek forces me from bed. Such violent sounds from a squirmy little man. …


And why education-related benefits are not enough.

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In these hyperpartisan times, not only is it rare for the U.S. Supreme Court to reach a unanimous decision, but also for Justice Kavanaugh to make compelling points. In NCAA v. Alston, a case focused on student athlete pay, we witnessed both supernatural events. The court found that NCAA rules restricting education-related benefits to student athletes violated established antitrust principles and presented undue restraints on trade. That’s a fancy way of saying: “NCAA, stop completely screwing over student athletes while literally everyone else profits from their labor.”

Completely” has emphasis because the most intriguing aspect of this case is what…


How they enriched my life.

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As your typical American, I have dabbled with black beans. I often ordered them in burritos or paired them with rice, Cuban style. A few times I have recalled seeing them on Chinese restaurant menus. When it came to Chinese cuisine though, I had no idea how these black beans were any different from others I had tried. For me, what Goya offered and what I found in the “international” or “ethnic” section of American supermarkets was all the same.

Then I read a Chinese cookbook. My wife bought me Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop last Christmas. I…


Many think success in creative pursuits results from sparks of inspiration or the whispering of muses, when in fact it's more often the product of consistent grinding.


Cutting off friends and family, one-by-one.

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I have lost friends. I have lost family. They are not dead, but they are dead to me. Perhaps I take an extremist view towards relationships, but life is short, we get one chance at it, and I want to maximize my time. That means spending it with people who I love and who love me.

When people in my life have communicated or otherwise sent negativity my way, I’ve cut them off, like a machete does to brush. This can be done passively or actively. Some people, like the guy who thought he should tell everyone at a party…


Why the embargo is not the problem or cause of recent protests

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Cubans want freedom. The latest rounds of protests are not solely about recent food shortages, inadequate medical supplies, or the country’s pandemic mismanagement. The protests are deep-rooted, following decades of many Cubans living on a few dollars per month with food quotas, barren grocery stores, and rolling blackouts. That is in addition to the communist government’s many documented human rights abuses and infringements on civil liberties. When young Cubans recently organized online, internet service went dark for hours.

The current state of Cuba’s communist regime and America’s involvement over the years is complicated at best. Both political parties — Democrats…


Why the U.S. and the international community should stand down

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Haiti is a country in turmoil following the assassination of its President, Jovenal Moïse, on July 7th. As detailed in the podcast, Law & Politicking Worldwide, the events surrounding and leading to the assassination are odd at best.

Facts Point To One Conclusion: Inside Job

Of the twenty-plus mercenaries involved in the assassination, the majority were former Colombian soldiers and three were Americans, with one allegedly the orchestrator of the President’s killing. That individual, a Florida-based doctor named Christian Emmanuel Sanon, is a virtual no-name in Haitian politics. This fact did not stop Haiti’s national police chief from accusing the American of playing a pivotal role in…


There is no better time to read and reflect.

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It is time to put away the quarantine reading lists and celebrate society’s reopening with the best summer books for 2021. We have curated a list of our top 10 favorites below. Most of the titles were published in either 2020 or 2021, but there is one gem from yesteryears because it’s timeless.

Summer is one of my favorite times to read. Whether I’m on the beach, sitting in a park, or indulging at an outdoor cafe, it feels good to read under the sun. I hope our best summer books for 2021 will help you rest, reflect, and recharge.


A book by the original food writer.

Writers did not celebrate food until MFK Fisher wrote The Gastronomical Me. Women certainly were not meant to express passion for cooking or eating. The modern world of celebrity chefs, food shows, and writers realizing fame through culinary prose was not only foreign, but unfathomable in Fisher’s time. My recent article on Garlic, for example, would never have appeared in her era.

When MFK Fisher published The Gastronomical Me in the 1940s, food was largely uninteresting to the American audience. Writing on food was mostly limited to recipes. Nobody would have considered themselves a gourmand or God forbid, a “foodie.”…

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