Check and check

Years ago—maybe in 2015 or so—I realized that I had lost my birth certificate and social security card. Thinking back, I am confident that I lost them during one of my many moves in and around Philadelphia in 2009 or 2010.  Of all the things I’ve lost in my life, those…

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Taking a page from Mindy Kaling

One of the things I find most challenging about picking up a new book is getting used to the narrator. It can take me a while to get accustomed to their diction and rhythm. I just finished Hyperion by Dan Simmons and while I really enjoyed the book, it was…

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Facebook freedom isn’t free

When I posted about leaving Facebook a while back, I alluded to some challenges associated with my decision, and I want to share them in case you’re considering leaving the platform, too. Before I dive in, though, I want to emphasize how happy I am with my decision to leave…

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Other duties as assigned

When I was in college, my work-study job was at the auditorium’s box office. I worked there most days before, after, and in between my classes, and I was able to earn some extra money as an usher during performances (and get paid to see some great shows!). Working at the…

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Columbine, jury duty, and gun control

Do you remember where you were on April 20, 1999, when the Columbine HS shooting happened? I was in 8th grade, and I remember being told to sit down on the wrestling mats in gym class while my teacher explained what happened. It was sad and scary. We had had…

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Back to basics

Technology can obviously be leveraged to do great things. It’s basically what I’ve been doing for the last 10 years: developing online communities for folks to connect (healthMpowerment, Bull City Beer Runners); empowering public health practitioners and citizens to collect data on their local tobacco retailers in order to pass policies that…

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DYGAF?!

This blog post contains explicit content. It will probably surprise no one that I have flirted with the idea of starting a podcast. I even completed Seth Godin’s Podcast Fellowship (now called The Podcasting Workshop) back in 2018 as a way to jump-start my new career (or at least passion…

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