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The Paper Turkey

The Paper Turkey

I was at a party store recently and walked past a small section of Thanksgiving decor. Shelves were stocked with seasonal plates covered in autumn leaves, napkins with whimsical “gobble til you wobble” inscribed on them, and one goofy-looking plush turkey. This jogged...

A Brief Explanation of the Supply Chain Quagmire

A Brief Explanation of the Supply Chain Quagmire

As the holidays inch closer, consumers find themselves dejected, frustrated, and paranoid with the massive disruption in the supply chain affecting every aspect of life. Empty shelves, sky-high prices, shipping delays with only weeks until the gifting season wraps up;...

Political TikTok Is a Work in Progress

Political TikTok Is a Work in Progress

TikTok feels like a microcosm of the internet; an ever-expanding platform filled with billions of videos covering everything from wild conspiracy theories to smoothie hacks. Powered by an algorithm that determines which video a user may like based on content...

Trying Times for Facebook

Trying Times for Facebook

This month, a bombshell story from The Wall Street Journal entitled The Facebook Files took a deep-dive into Facebook, investigating the multi-billion dollar company’s impact and influence on people -- specifically kids -- from the inside. In one story entitled...

Back to school, back to normal?

Back to school, back to normal?

Something Thomas* didn’t expect to feel on his first day back teaching after a long summer dealing with the Delta variant was a sense of relief. Things aren’t back to normal by any stretch of the imagination -- kids are still wearing masks and their parents are still...

Invisible Holidays

Invisible Holidays

I knew early on I was never going to be a perfect fit. All around me, everyone seemed to have this innate understanding of life while I puttered around like a chubby pinball from outer space. Call it disordered thinking, but I could never wrap my head around the kind...

Remembering September 11th

Remembering September 11th

Twenty years since 9/11. How surreal is this feeling? It’s unbelievable to think an event still so fresh in our minds could have happened two decades ago. Larry Vine was there that day. He remembers the disbelief and fear, the panicked crowds, and the deafening...

How to Help Afghan Refugees Right Now

How to Help Afghan Refugees Right Now

The last two weeks feel too familiar. An endless war, a broken country, thousands of people fleeing insurgent forces. The fall of Kabul saw thousands of Afghan citizens desperately try to leave their home to escape the Taliban. Some have managed to escape, a small...

Race and the Failed War on Drugs

Race and the Failed War on Drugs

Guy Rocourt is a fascinating man. A Black veteran with an encyclopedic knowledge of cannabis science, manufacturing and extraction, strategy, and production. Guy is the co-founder and chief product officer for California’s leading cannabis wellness company, Papa &...