Shoes: The Best First Impression

I have a theory that proves you can decide whether or not you like a person in a single glance. I know it sounds harsh, but I use this technique almost every time I try to figure someone out. The first thing I look for, and really the only evidence for or against the person I need, is his or her shoes. And nine times out of ten, my first

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The Bittersweet Recipe for a Health Crisis

So the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” If this phrase holds true today, then according to America’s dietary habits, people are guilty of being far too sweet, and unhealthy. Dating back to the 1950s, professionals within the medical, nutritional, political, and food industries solely blamed fats and cholesterols for the planet’s growing health concerns, so they cut the fats, the cholesterols, and then poured in the sugar. Today,

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The Spectral Order, Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4

1 As the Vicious Pixies began their last song of the night, Abby prowled from one edge of the stage to the other, lost in the opening notes of an unhinged variant of “A Tisket A Tasket.” The keyboardist played a sparkly sequence of notes on a xylophone while a backup singer ran her fingers across a row of chimes in steady intervals. The drummer worked the brushes, and the

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Racism Among the Elderly

Every day, my 87-year-old relative and his 86-year-old girlfriend leave their assisted living home and go to the McDonald’s restaurant on E. Fillmore for breakfast. Recently, they encountered two Cuban gentlemen who were standing there conversing in Spanish. My relative was pleased to tell all of us that his girlfriend had confronted the two gentlemen and told them: “People would like you more if you spoke English instead of Mexican.”

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