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  • The most obnoxious thing about Wentworth is the quality of the jobs their engineering grads get out of college. LET ME LIVE IN YOUR FUTURE PALATIAL MARBLEHEAD ESTATES!

  • “You don’t look anything like I thought you would.” Full stop.
  • If I’m being honest, those moments were manna for me. I relished them like I relish an earthy pinot noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and I was always more than happy to answer the question “What do you do?” In fact sometimes, if it didn’t enter the conversation right away, I would steer it so that it would. That sounds horribly self-centered and egotistical when I write it, but it’s true, and I’d bet I’m not alone in doing so. When you have a great job with a high cool factor, you want people to know it. You want people to ask the question so that you can say ever-so-nonchalantly, “Oh, I’m in radio.”


    I’m not the only one who thinks that way. After Jill Abramson was fired by The New York Times in 2014, she told Cosmopolitan magazine:


    “It can be a danger to define yourself by your job. I miss my colleagues and the substance of my work, but I don’t miss saying, ‘Jill Abramson, executive editor.’ I don’t. I was once told a former executive editor of the Times, who knew he was going to stop being editor, made sure to make reservations at a particular restaurant because he was afraid after that they wouldn’t give him a table anymore. That’s not high on my priority list!”

    • Why is this the first question we ask? Why is our work the most important thing people want to know about us?


      I now make a point of asking some other question—anyother question—when I first meet someone. Some of the questions I now ask are these:

      • What’s your favorite thing to do in this city?
      • What kind of travel do you enjoy? When’s the last time you did that and where did you go?
      • What’s your favorite part of the weekend?

      Sometimes it feels a little bit weird, and I will literally say to the person I’m just meeting that I hate asking about people’s work right off the bat, so I try to ask different questions instead. Most folks appreciate that and return the favor by asking me questions unrelated to my work.


      That’s what happens in many other countries. In fact, in some places it’s considered rude to ask about someone’s work until you get to know him. I like that.


      We are not our work. Let’s stop making that the first thing we want to know about our fellow humans.

  • The project’s self-titled debut album was released in October 2012 on New Amsterdam Records. Called “sensually stunning” by the New York Times, the album was included on many Best of 2012 lists, topped the classical charts on iTunes and Amazon, broke into the top 10 on the Billboard charts and took home a GRAMMY Award in 2014 for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
  • In April, 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Partita for 8 Voices, the four movements of which appear on the Roomful of Teeth’s debut album. An iTunes exclusive EP of Partita was subsequently released and ranked no. 1 on iTunes classical charts.
  • The group’s sophomore album, Render, was released April 2015 on New Amsterdam Records. Dubbed “both beautiful and groovy as hell” (The Thoroughfare), the album features debut recordings of works by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, ensemble tenor Eric Dudley, Wally Gunn, Missy Mazzoli and artistic director Brad Wells. The recording was produced by Jesse Lewis and, on three tracks, features Jason Treuting of So Percussion. Upon release, The Nation wrote, "Roomful of Teeth is making some of the most rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive music being made by any ensemble, vocal or instrumental, today.”

  • It was an anecdote shared by Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Barry, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey, that captured my attention. In his early days, Trump “was not much” of a student, the announcer says. The young Trump preferred baseball to studying. As a boy, he hounded his father for a new baseball mitt. “He came home and he said to my father, ‘Peter Blank has a baseball mitt that cost $45. I want one, too,’” Barry says. “My father’s standard response was, ‘Of course you can’t have that. You won’t appreciate anything when you grow up if you have it now.’”
  • Trump was still the boy who wanted the $45 baseball mitt, except the baseball mitt is now the Oval Office. In that moment, he discovered his vocation. Not as a builder, but as a striver, someone who acquired things other people told him he couldn’t possess—first properties and, now, the presidency. It’s why he continues to flirt with a third-party presidential run. (“If I’m not treated fairly by the Republican Party, I very well might consider [a third-party bid for the presidency],” he said in a recent phone interview with ABC’s “This Week.”)
  • It’s not a stretch to imagine a man like David—angry by the hand the economy dealt him, angry that the TRUMP life of $28 Wagyu sliders and TRUMP bath crystals remains just out of reach—voting for Trump.

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  • “Ah, Child, of course you struggle with your faith when life is turned upside down, weighing heavily on you, or baffling you. But I see you, I never take my eyes off you. If only you knew how deep my faith in YOU is!”
  • You might ask, Where is God? when you or your family is crushed by sorrow, or left with a wounded heart. God is weeping with you, not judging, not keeping count or raising the bar. God keeps vigil with you in your darkest moments, holding the light nearby until you can see it again. IF God is love, and IF we believe that God loves us at LEAST as much as some human person, then we KNOW where God is when life is rough.

  • I find the physical scrutiny pregnant people experience incredibly oppressive.
  • As Dr. Emily Oster, an associate professor of Economics at Brown University, and the author of the book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong – And What You Really Need to Know says:
  • Logically, I could tell myself that random people on the street have no idea what pregnant bodies actually look like. But in the moment, comments like the ones that I, and plenty of other pregnant people get, can feel an awful lot like an indictment.

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  • Why do people have so much trouble throwing things out? Turns out, the answer lies in people’s heads. Running through Kondo’s best advice and most of her book is the argument about the anxiety-induced limits of human decision-making. Seeing as an entire branch of economics studies exactly that, it’s no wonder that economists have a particular interest in her advice. Financial Times columnist Tim Harford agrees that Kondo’s methods are not only intuitive, but compelling to economists. Harford says that the clutter that piles up in apartments is a product of people’s cognitive blunders.
  • I have never used my intellect so hard to fight myself in cleaning up my apartment—I’ve also never been as successful at it.
Aug 05, 15

graham crackers (could use macaroons), butter/marg, sugar for crust. cake itself: cc, sugar, vanilla, 1 c heavy cream, cherry pie filling. // sub sweetened condensed milk instead of the sugar and heavy cream.

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