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The French composer Camille Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre or “Dance of Death” consists of drama and darkness. There is, at times, a lightness, a playfulness, and a sweetness, but always a dark undercurrent, an undercurrent of urgency and gravitas.

While performing at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma explained, “I’ve lived with all of this music all my life so actually embedded in the way I play is actually in many ways, everything I’ve experienced which is kind of interesting. It’s like forensic musicology. You open up the cadaver, you could see what happened, you could see what…


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“When you stir your rice pudding, Septimus, the spoonful of jam spreads itself round making red trails like the picture of a meteor in my astronomical atlas. But if you stir backwards, the jam will not come together again. Indeed, the pudding does not notice and continues to turn pink just as before. Do you think this is odd?” — Thomasina in Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia.

We are all individually traveling across time and space on this planet and simultaneously moving together on this blue marble across the galaxy. …


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There is something that occasionally occurs in the startup world which was often done in elementary school.

I never expected to make this connection until I heard Adam Grant talking about this being applied in his own classroom as well as how it applies to onboarding new employees and contributing it to company culture.

Do you know what it is?

Adam Grant discussed how his graduate students talked for one minute about themselves which completely changed and contributed to his classroom culture.

Similarly, IDEO’s onboarding process is to have new employees talk about something they want to share and thus…


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I thought that with hard work and dedication, I would get a six-pack.

I was wrong.

It took some unlearning before I learned what worked for me and achieved some surprising and accidental results. I would like to share what I unlearned and learned with you.

Let me provide some context, rewind, and set the scene. During the summer before college, I tried getting a six-pack as a fun goal to achieve. Even though I worked hard doing sit-ups (as well as a fair amount of biking and push-ups that summer), I didn’t see any results. …


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The Olympic athlete’s journey is long and arduous. It takes heart, courage, and perseverance.

Yet Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Olympic athletes and the AAPI community in general is facing another difficulty: although hate crimes decreased by 7% overall in 2020, there has been an almost 150% increase in hate crimes against the AAPI community.

In April, Sakura Kokumai was at a park she usually frequents in Orange County, California when a man started yelling derogatory racist slurs at her. She was aware of the anti-Asian hate crimes affecting the AAPI community because it was reported almost daily by the…


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I wish I had known about the possibility of alleviating or stopping my period pain entirely years ago when I first got my period. I mistakenly thought that whenever that “time of the month” came around, I would have to steel myself for a day of pain.

Certainly everyone’s period pains are different. Menstrual cramps, headaches, nausea, and vomiting are a few of the many different types of period pains one may experience which can vary in duration.

In my case, my period pain involves something akin to nausea for about a day. This nausea-like feeling starts before I even…


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Female leaders in the food world are underrepresented, especially female minorities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 20% of American chefs and head cooks are female. At prominent U.S. restaurants, women only occupy about 6% of the head chef positions. About 25% of the farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers are female but less than 1% of all U.S. farmers of any gender are Asian. All of these numbers mentioned above are even lower for AAPI females.

With this and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month in mind, let’s celebrate 10 incredible AAPI women in…


Films and shows keep missing opportunities to include AAPI characters

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In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Baron Helmut Zemo fly to Madripoor, which Bucky describes as “an island nation in the Indonesian archipelago.” This fictional island nation is like the fictional countries of Wakanda and Sokovia in that they don’t exist in the real world but are anchored by surrounding real-life countries and places.

With Wakanda located in Africa, Sokovia in Europe, and Madripoor in Southeast Asia, it would make sense to see Black people in Wakanda, white people in Sokovia, and Southeast Asians in Madripoor. The phenomenal movie Black Panther does indeed show…

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