4th of July: An Essay & A Mountain of Burger Fixings

Hey Party-Makers,

I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of summer. I know I’ve been taking EVERY opportunity to bask in the sunshine (okay, okay, and also in the A/C).

As we have been approaching the 4th of July, I confess that I have been feeling sort of…anxious. And not the good, I’m -so-anxious-to-fill-my-plate kind of anxiety. It’s the kind of anxiety where I’ve been dreading writing about this holiday. I’ve probably written about 8 different drafts of this blog post that I’ve either totally deleted or have edited heavily.

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7 Ways To Take Care Of Yourself + Empower Your Communities In 2017

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As the year winds down, I’ve found myself reflecting a lot about 2016. In a lot of ways, it’s felt like a year that was a coming of age movie, where turbulence leads to the revealing of true character (or lack thereof). Some words that come to mind as I think of 2016 are: oppressive, loud, tragic, backwards, hate, divisive, polar, unsafe, guns, anti-fill in the blank, uninformed.

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Guatemalan Ponche

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It’s the week of Christmas! In a lot of ways, this is an exciting season for us. Consecutive days off work for Ben, means we get to relax and go outdoors more. No one in our house is upset about that. And although we are bummed out that we won’t be with our families, we’re doing our best to add elements of each of them in our yearly traditions to feel close to them from so far away.

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10 Tips for Healthy, Peaceful Political Conversations this Holiday Season

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When I was growing up, it was pretty clear to both of my parents that I was going to grow up to be opinionated. I was the kind of kid who challenged “because I said so,” because I wanted to understand the why behind things. My dad especially cultivated a fiery and healthy sense of questioning in me. I very vividly remember that in the election cycle in 2004 we had a lot of arguments at the dinner table. I was a big John Kerry fan and he was not, and I really couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t bend to the will of my 12-year old political theories.

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The Case for Guacamole at Thanksgiving + your New Favorite Guac Recipe

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I remember reading years and years ago in an old Reader’s Digest that your tastebuds change every 7 years. I’ve held onto that tid bit for a while and tend to try foods I hate every once in a while to check on its validity (although I think beets will hold a life-long ban on my tastebuds). One of the times I’ve been pleasantly surprised was when I was 15, and I tried avocados and liked them for the first time.

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DIY Pom Pom Strings + The Case for a Colorful Thanksgiving

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What a week, am I right? This year has been a year full of hatred and dissent. Maybe I was naive beforehand, or I had a thicker skin, but somehow this year has felt like we’ve been hit with wave after wave of violent speech and violent actions. Now, I am generally of the mind that this blog isn’t a space for a lot of political or controversial topics, but it would be very dishonest of me to not disclose that this election has had a very personal effect on me. Because of that, I have felt slightly derailed and side-tracked from my Thanksgiving planning this year.

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