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When the world is scary, find comfort in the teachings of philosophers who knew how to handle a crisis

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We often think of philosophy as a bookish pursuit or perhaps as the lifestyle choice of bearded old men living ascetically in caves. But Stoicism — an ancient school of philosophy famously practiced by the likes of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius — is for the real world, and as we face the coronavirus pandemic, its teachings feel distinctly relevant right now.

When the future is scary and we don’t know what’s next, we can find comfort in the wisdom of those before us, those who’ve endured famine, plague, and natural disasters. …


You can’t get back the time you spend worrying

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Have you ever said words to the effect of If only I knew then what I know now?

You’re not the first person to express such thoughts, and you certainly won’t be the last.

Many of us are convinced that if we could go back in time and have a chat with our 20-year old selves, then we could absolutely kill at adult-ing and beyond.

A lot of growth occurs in our 20s. Yet, at 20, we convince ourselves we know everything we need to know and we’re ready to nail it.

It does beg the question, though, what would…


“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”― C.S. Lewis

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If you want to talk about underrated qualities, then we have to talk about humility.

Some people think humility seems old-fashioned, that when someone talks about being humble, they’re just finding a new way to brag about themselves. Maybe, but that isn’t true humility then, is it? True humility is something we all could use more of, especially these days. It is, in fact, one of the most powerful traits you could possess and one of the most important for growth and success.

Humility helps you build trust with others. Humility helps facilitate learning. Trust and knowledge are two of…


A place where some people are suffering and a woman is doing her imperfect best to help them

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TV drama series can mainly reflect the real world, or be largely a form of escapism. In recent times, viewers have been treated to impressive productions at both extremes. Leaning towards escapism is Big Little Lies. Decidedly leaning in the other direction is Mare of Easttown.

As the eponymous Mare, Kate Winslet is perhaps the epitome of the real world cop. In this case, that real world is Easttown Pennsylvania, depicted in the series as a far from glamorous town, with mundane problems, dreary weather and a flawed local detective, Mare, who would never make the cover of Vogue.

The…


“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.”― Cassandra Duffy

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Many months are designated for specific celebrations based on cultural and historical feats within the United States throughout the calendar year. These celebrations are markedly meaningful for numerous subsets of previously egregiously oppressed individuals.

June, designated Pride Month, is marked by the celebration and honor of the end of Manhattan’s Stonewall Uprising in 1969. The Stonewall Uprising is the first key event to remember while celebrating pride month.

Once you understand the Stonewall Uprising, you must note key activist Marsha P. Johnson, who faced a backlash within the gay community due to their biological sex being male and their choice…


You don’t have to take the bait

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“I left my job, started a business, and now I work part-time from home while earning $6,500 a month.”

“I make four figures every month, let me tell you how so that you can do it too!”

“I paid off my $500,000 house and my student debt in five years, here’s how.”

“Do you want to leave your day job and find greater success? Read how here!”

“Follow me if you want to learn how to pay off your debt and increase your income!”

It’s getting pretty boring, isn’t it?

There’s one thing all of those headlines have in common…


“For every lock there is someone out there trying to pick it or break in.” — David Bernstein

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On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA was targeted by an organized cybersecurity attack. The attack on JBS USA’s information systems affected servers in Australian and North American IT systems, resulting in a shut-down of JBS USA operations across several countries. The major meat producer alleges that JBS USA was the victim of a ransomware attack, likely originating from a criminal organization based in Russia. Two days following the attack, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spoke from the White House, stating that the White House is dealing directly with the Russian government with regard to the allegations.

This new widespread…


Getting noticed online is a contact sport

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As much as any writer might say they write for the pure joy of it, lots of writers still need a paycheck at the end of the day, and it feels good to have others be interested in your work. Both of these things usually connect to big, or at least decent, followings. But how do you attract them?

Why no one is seeing your writing

In an article for Medium, U-Ming Lee offered three reasons why content doesn’t go viral:

  1. Social media influence isn’t evenly distributed (i.e., …


“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” — Lao Tzu

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It would be fair to say that a feeling of acceptance is an almost universal desire for humans. We are social creatures, we evolved to survive in communities and small groups. Part of that is fitting in with peers, gaining the respect of your peers, and we view that as a measure of our success. The desire to belong is coded in our DNA.

There is one small problem with that… well, it might not actually be that small a problem. This need to fit in, this desire to be liked often overrides everything and takes center stage. We start…


The story of Shiba Inu coin and what drove its rapid rise and fall

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Cryptocurrency investors have seen huge returns in 2021. Bitcoin and Ethereum have led the pack in smashing through previous all-time highs to set new record prices. Other cryptocurrencies have seen even more dramatic price increases. Dogecoin began 2021 trading at fractions of a cent per coin. In May, Dogecoin soared to a new all-time high above 72 cents.

Amid the Dogecoin hype, a new cryptocurrency token was launched with a similar dog-inspired aesthetic. Shiba Inu coin is named for the iconic Shiba Inu dog which has been Dogecoin’s meme mascot since the Bitcoin-spoofing cryptocurrency was created in 2013.

Dogecoin hype

George J. Ziogas

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