Category Riding the Wave

The Good Old Days

They were both up before dawn and doing chores in the cool silence. Kyle headed over to the hen house to get some eggs and shore up some chicken wire. Evelyn went to the barn to check on the livestock. She milked their two cows while she was there. They returned to the cabin and placed the eggs and milk on the kitchen table, then visited the greenhouse, which was

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Back in the World

Gina sat alone at a patio table of a restaurant with a book in her hands and watched a small fire truck and ambulance pull up a half a block away. A group of emergency responders entered the front door of a small business. Within a few minutes, they rolled an unconscious woman out on a gurney, placed her in the back of the ambulance, and drove off. Gina sipped

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On Why We Are Willing to Die

The other day, New York Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams told a group of Jets fans, “If I had a perfect place to die, I would die on the field.” In response, Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted, “Look football is great but I ain’t dying for this shit. Lol.” This begs the question of why so many people glorify the early exit. They’ll die for country, family,

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Your Gut Affects Your Brain, so Take Care of It

The gut’s ecosystem of bacteria (or microbiome) is often called the “second brain” because it’s so intricately connected to mental activity and health. In fact, the vast neural network in our guts communicates mainly with these bacteria, which in turn influence the brain through multiple mechanisms. Around a thousand different species of gut bacteria play a major role in anxiety, depression, memory loss, and other disorders. To a great extent, they regulate

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Worry

There’s a difference between doing things and worrying about them. Sometimes, we feed on worry like it’s our only nourishment when in fact its a powerful mind virus, replicating itself in endless iterations of fear and doubt that remove us from the beauty of the moment.

Unfamiliar

The roads and sidewalks glittered in the morning mist from a storm that had drenched the city the night before. Natalie peered out her car window at the overcast sky on her way to work and decided to stay late at the office that night. The forecast called for more wind and rain in intermittent bursts over the next few days. A nice run or stroll in the early evening

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