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  What Does “The American Dream” Really Mean?

What Does “The American Dream” Really Mean?

From Wikipedia:

The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.[1]

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[2]

You know what I find interesting about the above paragraph? There is not one single direct mention of money. At all. Ever.

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  The Mosh Pit Microcosm

The Mosh Pit Microcosm

The other day, I attended fourth- yes, fourth- music show I’ve ever moshed at. I am no mosh expert. I should also say that I am a 31 year old female, which is not the main mosh demographic. However, I have been both a participant and an observer.

At this punk-ish show that I attended, (Chuck Ragan/Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls/Flogging Molly, for those curious souls) a full mosh pit raged. It was fun and chaotic and, truthfully, a bit terrifying.

It was just like that thing we call “life”.

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  Legos and the Rise of the Boxed Imagination

Legos and the Rise of the Boxed Imagination

Do you remember having Legos as a kid? I certainly do- I had a big plastic yellow suitcase full of random brightly colored bits of plastic. I remember the anticipation I would feel every time I opened that thing- what would I create today? For me, it was often houses- I took pride in fitting the doors and windows properly into the randomly colored walls.

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  Tree

Tree

Poem by Stevie Caldarola

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  On the Importance of Reboots and Mental Health

On the Importance of Reboots and Mental Health

You know what I think the world really needs right now? A reboot.

No, I don’t mean the annoying movie trend that just won’t seem to die.

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  In the Digital Age, Where Have Manners Gone?

In the Digital Age, Where Have Manners Gone?

Featured image courtesy of http://www.ere.net/2011/01/28/4-social-media-steps/.

As a kid, I remember visiting my aunt’s apartment building in New York City. I always felt in awe when we would enter the gorgeous (albiet tiny) lobby of her building and head up the elevators to her floor. The main hallway had an old, industrial feel and any noise would bounce loudly from wall to ceiling. “Shh…”, my aunt would say, “please respect my neighbors. I always say, ‘if you respect others, they will respect you.'”

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  Colorado Living

Colorado Living

Hello from lovely Colorado! That’s right- I’ve moved- to Denver, Colorado. So far, I love it, but my lack of steady employment is starting to take its toll.

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