Too stressed to sleep? These strategies can help.

Stress and sleep can form a pretty vicious cycle. No matter how physically exhausted we feel when our heads hit the pillow, we just can’t seem to quiet our racing minds. Then, after tossing and turning our way through the night, we’re way too fatigued to function at our best. This leads to more anxiety...and on and on and on. Right now, it’s not just the usual looming deadlines and relationship flare-ups that are keeping us up at night. As we head into fall, our schedules start overflowing, we

An Interview with Artist Barry Underwood

In his series, Scenes, Barry Underwood uses modified light-emitting objects, such as LEDs and glow sticks, to stage preternatural intrusions into his chosen landscape, then captures the effects using long exposures. The series combines elements of photography, sculpture, and land art, and draws upon his early work in theater as a technical director. The otherworldly beauty of the resulting images can be inexplicably discomforting, as if we are witnessing an alien invasion of an otherwise tranquil scene.

Staying connected in a socially distanced world

Lately, many of us have experienced bouts of loneliness or melancholy as a result of our missed connections. But while COVID-19 has certainly exacerbated the problem, wide-spread loneliness is not a new phenomenon. According to a January 2020 survey of 10,000 American adults, 61 percent— or roughly three in five — reported feeling lonely.¹ Major factors including a lack of social support and too few meaningful social interactions.

Cold, Flu, or COVID-19? Your Seasonal Symptom Guide

For most of the year, we’ve had one virus on our minds. But as cold and flu season moves into full swing, an onslaught of new symptoms could sow confusion. Rather than letting every cough or sniffle cause a panic, let’s sort through the most likely symptoms of the three respiratory illnesses to look out for this season: the cold, flu, and COVID-19. We can usually get an idea of what the flu season holds in store for us by studying recent flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere. This year, repor

Mirroring Buenos Aires

During the decades surrounding the turn of the 20th century, Argentina underwent a period of rapid development as a nation politically, socially, and demographically. A distinct style gradually began to develop in Buenos Aires, influenced not only by the cultural elite but by the city’s slums and those who inhabited them. Out of the darkest corners of the street arose the tragic rhythm of the tango and the coarse porteño dialect Lunfardo. This blog will explore the most significant political, cultural, and economic factors at the turn of the 20th century in order to provide a better understanding of the magnetism, beauty, and contradiction inherent in the city of Buenos Aires.

Healing in all directions

When you set out to climb a steep slope, the most expedient route isn’t a straight line toward the peak. Instead, you zig and zag, gradually making your way upward at an incline that’s sustainable. Though at times it might feel like you’re moving sideways or even backward, all along you’ll still be making your way forward and up. Healing, like climbing, is rarely a direct path upward. While it’s natural to want to keep track of your progress, it isn’t always obvious and on some days you might...
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