Energy Over Everything Else

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Everything, from a granular level, is made of energy. Thus, the common denominator between every interaction we have in our life, all objects, plants, humans, and animals is an exchange of energy. When you eat a fish, for instance, you’re body harvests the energy from the meat, so in essence, you’re consuming everything the fish consumed as well. You also absorb energy from the things that are around you, what you wear, and what you use. It’s a useful practice to ask yourself: What kind of energy do those which we interact or consume carry? What kind of energy are […]

Life with an Asterisk

White Flowers in the Rain  - Katie Buckman

I feel like I am living life with an asterisk at the end of every sentence. When someone asks, “How are you doing?”, I want to respond, “I’m good* (*I was struggling this morning and am concerned about what may happen in a few hours, but right now… I’m good).” We are all living in turmoil, but I’ve got an added dose of upheaval spicing up today’s “basic” turmoil. You see, today my husband started a new job. I’ve been living in uncertainty for seven months as he found his way to this great opportunity. While he is working virtually […]

December 2020: Farewell

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The general sentiment seems to be that 2020 can’t end quickly enough. All of us have been affected by the pandemic. Depending on where you live, your year may have also included lockdowns, wildfires, protests, counterprotests, election mayhem, and/or general agitation permeating the population. Even if we haven’t become sick, we’ve been physically affected and restricted this year. And it’s certainly created new, added pressure on our mental and emotional states. I’ve noticed friends and family putting up Christmas decorations weeks earlier than usual; it’s as if leaning into the holiday season will get us past the struggles of this year that much […]

30 Lessons from 30 Years of Life

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#30Lessons30Years I turned 30 last month. To celebrate, I’m sending you 30 invaluable lessons I’ve learned along the way… 1. There’s No End, Only the Journey (01:00) 2. No One Knows What the F**k They’re Doing (1:45) 3. It Doesn’t Matter if You Have the Right Answer (2:02) 4. Conversations Are Proportional to Quality of Life (2:18) 5. How You Treat Yourself is as Important as Others (2:51) 6. Location Independence ≠ Location Ambiguous (3:48) 7. People Care About You Less Than You Think (4:30) 8. Everything is Energy (5:05) 9. The Past & Future Don’t Exist (5:25) 10. What […]

America: A Trial Separation

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We’ve all been in some level of quarantine for the past seven months; that’s not news. As a family of one, my bubble stayed small. My next door neighbors were a godsend, and I set up regular Zooms almost daily to stay in connected with friends, family, and colleagues. Summer introduced more opportunities to connect with people outdoors, and my spirits stayed high. It wasn’t bad, really. I was ready. The first few months of Covid were much like my first year of sobriety; I had the strange feeling I’d been through this before. Only this time I had tools. And everyone […]

Book Brief: The Dip by Seth Godin

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The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) Seth Godin Portfolio, 2007 Support Local: Powells.com Amazon.com Synopsis In this iconic bestseller, popular business blogger and bestselling author Seth Godin proves that winners are really just the best quitters. Godin shows that winners quit fast, quit often, and quit without guilt—until they commit to beating the right Dip. Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out fun…then gets really hard, and not much fun at all. You might be in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. […]

Good Trouble: Marching for Jacob Blake

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I’m proud to report that on Monday night, I got arrested for challenging fuckery. As a person whose life’s work is based on challenging dysfunction to create real and lasting change, silence about social injustice in our society is not an option. More importantly, as a white woman who holds enormous privilege, I believe I have a duty to remain outraged and take action to stop the ongoing genocide of Black people in America. So on Monday, in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, WI, I joined about 300 other Portlanders in protest […]

Sylvia Salazar on Voting, Immigration, and Latinx Organizing in the U.S.

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In The Interview: Episode #18, Ciara Pressler interviews Sylvia Salazar, creator of Tono Latino, computer engineer, and political activist. Sylvia and Ciara talk about… Inspiring political engagement Her perspective as a Latina immigrant and grassroots organizer in the era of America’s current federal administration How she uses her privilege as a white passing Latina woman Educating the Latinx community and inspiring people to vote Sylvia Salazar is a Colombian immigrant and a computer engineer turned political activist. Her passion is helping other people understand what is going on in the world of politics and to encourage them to become more […]

Lora DiCarlo on Sex Tech and Fighting Double Standards with Success

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In The Interview: Episode #16, Ciara Pressler interviews Lora DiCarlo, tech founder, inventor, and sexual health advocate. Lora and Ciara talk about… Tech entrepreneurship and equity in an industry that worships innovation while undermining innovation’s full potential with overwhelmingly homogeneous leadership The importance of hiring the right team and having people to support you Creating products to recreate the most mind blowing orgasm she’s ever had Creativity and using altruism as a vehicle Fighting back against gender discrimination How having a purpose can help improve profits   Lora DiCarlo founded one of Oregon’s fastest-growing tech startups, Lora DiCarlo, which develops […]

An American Intervention

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Photo: The author inside a human cage at The Whitney Plantation, the only American plantation restored to honor the memory and plight of enslaved African people. Welcome to the week of waking up. I am watching the stream of Official Statements from various organizations from the back of the room, leaning against the wall with my arms crossed, side of my mouth turned up and brow furrowed. This week of black squares on social media has been what the rainbow logo is to Pride week: easy, convenient, trendy. Meaningless unless followed by tangible, measurable action. Businesses that declare support for […]