Hey You!

Ads on Spotify typically mean it’s time to tune out until the music starts up again. But this time was different. Not only was this song disrupting my tunes, but it was also a song about Mondays. Even so, I couldn’t stop listening to it. Perhaps it was how catchy it was.

Say “hello” to my new morning jam.


Satisfaction Guaranteed

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As described in his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell explains how there are three things that your work should have for it to be truly satisfying. Those three things are:

1.) Autonomy

2.) Complexity

3.) A relationship between effort and reward

Flip through Outliers for a take on the ecology of success.

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View From the Top: The Butcher’s Daughter

One of the primary problems with brunch is the lethargic feeling that consumes me after my meal. “Eat less” is a viable solution—but where’s the fun in that?

The Butcher’s Daughter offers the perfect solution to avoid that sluggish feeling after brunch. Their name derives from the notion of a butcher preparing meat. Dubbed the “vegetable slaughter house” on their website, TBD commits to crafting healthy dishes by avidly slicing up fruits and vegetables, just like a butcher will chop up meat.

When I visited earlier this week, we were seated at their sidewalk terrace—perfect for people watching while munching away. TBD is located on Kenmare Street (on the corner of Elizabeth Street), making it prime real estate to check out any shenanigans happening in Nolita. I ordered their Herbed Egg Salad Toast, which was served, appropriately, on a thick wooden cutting board.

Full, but not overstuffed, I left TBD ready for an afternoon full of adventures.

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On Writing


Great writing is subjective. But growing up, clarity and conciseness were characteristics my high school English teacher advocated. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that she presented my 10th grade English class with George Orwell’s rules on writing. These are rules that Orwell claims “one can rely on when instinct fails.”

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

These rules were published in Orwell’s essay, Politics and the English Language. In this essay, he notes that these rules may appear fundamental, but still serve as a necessary reminder to curb your tendency to write “in the style now fashionable.”

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A Summer Breeze

And you come to me on a summer breeze, keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave.”

Perhaps one of my favorite cover songs, The Bird and the Bee’s tender rendition of the Bee Gees’ track, “How Deep Is Your Love,” is as heartfelt and affectionate as the original. Delicate and sweet, this melody is perfect for pensive sleepless nights or quiet early mornings. When the song gently ends, you feel like you are waking up from a warm, hazy dream.

Where did the time go?