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The Fable of Corn & Radishes
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The Fable of Corn & Radishes

Imagine you’re a farmer who just moved to a new state. Your humble little plot of land lies amongst hundreds of the vast megafarms who dominate the area. Thousands of acres each, these farms have been here for generations and have an almost unimaginable capability to produce the state’s favorite crop; corn. Your first year in the state, you work your butt off growing corn. You fertilize the soil, irrigate the fields, ward off pests and
The Negative Momentum Spiral of Death: How to Identify & Manage It

The Negative Momentum Spiral of Death: How to Identify & Manage It

“A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force” – Newton’s First Law Recently Jenna and I attended a wedding in Lebanon (side note: it was amazing). Our travel itinerary had us on an 8-hour flight to London followed by a 4-hour flight to Beirut. The way back, going against the jet stream, added about 3 total hours. All-in
Senolytics, Aging & the Fight Against Disease-Causing Zombie Cells

Senolytics, Aging & the Fight Against Disease-Causing Zombie Cells

Read a fascinating article in The Economist this morning about recent studies focusing on the relation of senescent cells (nicknamed zombie cells) to age-related diseases. The aforementioned article and this Medium article are much more eloquent summaries of these new findings. The actual studies (Baker Study and Xu Study) provide the most detailed reading. My goal here is to parse it out in layman’s terms for my own understanding. What are senescent cells? Senescent cells are worn-out cells
Comparison is the death of joy (especially on social media)

Comparison is the death of joy (especially on social media)

A couple years after Jenna and I had gotten home from our 11-month trip around the world, I vividly remember flipping through my Facebook newsfeed and coming across photos of a friend, let’s call him Carlos, traveling in New Zealand. They were your run-of-the-mill travel photos – where Carlos was facing away from the camera with arms outstretched overlooking some picturesque landscape. Like this…   “Man, I wish I could have a life like Carlos…”, I
My Experience with the 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet

My Experience with the 5-Day Fasting Mimicking Diet

A couple months ago I was listening to an episode of the Kevin Rose Show with Dr. Valter Longo, Director of the Longevity Institute at USC. Here’s the description from the show notes: Dr. Valter Longo is director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan. In this podcast, we discuss Dr. Longo’s new book, The Longevity Diet, which is the culmination of 25 years of research on aging,
The “F*ck it” Moment: An Essential Piece to Making Big Decisions

The “F*ck it” Moment: An Essential Piece to Making Big Decisions

Warning: This post says “Fuck” 26 times. Hide ya kids.     People dream up life-changing plans every day.   “I’m going to start my business!” “I’m going to quit my job and travel the world!” “I’m breaking up with my boyfriend and moving to San Diego!”   Adrenaline is pumping, images of glory dance through your head; this is really it isn’t it? It’s really going to happen!!   Except it’s probably not.   Ouch.
We just bought a van and it has another eagle on it (not kidding)

We just bought a van and it has another eagle on it (not kidding)

Nearly two years ago (wow) at the start of our 11-month journey around the world, Jenna and I spent a month zipping around New Zealand in a campervan spray-painted with the gaudiest American eagle you’ve ever seen. While the van itself was wonderful, the eagle (and angry lady liberty on the flip side) were not exactly typical of our taste. So when our month with this, er, unique vehicle was up we readily handed it in. Never
Throwback Thursday – Shit, Why Am I Doing This Again? (Panic Post from My First Backpacking Journey)

Throwback Thursday – Shit, Why Am I Doing This Again? (Panic Post from My First Backpacking Journey)

I just found a gem that I think you’ll enjoy. Going through some of my old online accounts I stumbled across the blog I (briefly) kept for my first backpacking journey – a mostly solo 4-month foray through Europe after I had quit my first job out of college. This post portrays the initial panic I felt about leaving my life at home and the assurance of the ultimate realization that I was doing the right
The Tail End – Repost from Wait But Why

The Tail End – Repost from Wait But Why

The following post is by Tim Urban of Wait But Why blog.  It really resonated with both Jenna and I (especially the graphic about the time left with your parents), so I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much.  You can find the original article here. Tim, take it away… In a post last year, we laid out the human lifespan visually. By years: By months: And by weeks: While working on that post, I also
Begin With the End in Mind: How Writing Your Own Eulogy Can Set You On the Right Path

Begin With the End in Mind: How Writing Your Own Eulogy Can Set You On the Right Path

I know what you’re thinking. First these people name their website after the number of days they have left to live. Now they’re telling me to write my own eulogy? I thought this project was supposed to be uplifting! I’d encourage you to read on because I think you’ll find it is. Where did this come from? The idea comes from a book category I used to consider taboo – self-help.  Oh the stigma! In thinking
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