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Greenwashing is more than just dishonest product labels — it’s successfully marketing consumerism as a solution to over-consumption.

**Originally published on Life Lived Curiously

We, as a society with the aid of technology, have “advanced” to a time where comfort and convenience take priority. It’s simply unfathomable to think of living without certain things like electricity or internet. Without plastic, processors, or refrigeration. Without other people who know how to fix the systems that run our lives.

Economics teaches us that a major measure of quality of life is an increase in access and ability to obtain conveniences. Current generations…

All applicants want is helpful feedback, respect, and to not re-enter their already uploaded resume onto your website.

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Dear Potential Employers,

Here’s the deal: no one likes applying for jobs. The vicious cycle of searching, writing cover letters, answering generic questions, and waiting to hear something back can last for countless months with no end in sight. Talk about frustrating, time-consuming, and laden with disappointment.

So… why do you go out of your way to make it worse? No, seriously. Personal experience (and lots of it) leads me to believe few of you care about the experience applicants have during…

Weddings are taking over social media by storm… well, actually it’s the other way around.

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Weddings are supposed to be the most special and memorable day of one’s whole life…. right? At least they used to be. Now, we don’t even get a chance to remember them for ourselves. The big day happens and it’s instantly available for replay in absolute full and finite detail thanks to a little thing called social media.

The Facebook and Instagram frenzy starts as soon as a couple gets engaged and doesn’t end until months upon months after the actual wedding. …

Will we ever know what the best use of our time really is?

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Time is a fascinating idea. It is infinite, yet limited. It can crawl like a turtle, or race like a hare. It is scientific, but human-made in its perception. Time is relative, which means something very significant that I will never fully understand no matter how hard I try.

There are so many decisions regarding time: how to use it efficiently, how to enjoy our time, how long to bake cookies for, how to respect others’ time, deciding if driving 37 minutes to work and sitting there…

They restrict access to resources for those that need them the most — starkly in contrast with the core values of public libraries.

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The effectiveness and necessity of overdue fines at public libraries has been a hot topic of debate recently in the library world. A growing number of libraries have started conversations of what it would look like to do away with overdue fines. Would it change the behavioral patterns of patrons for better or worse? Are overdue fines really worth it?

Most of us have an overdue fine horror story. I personally remember, at age 7 or 8…

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Dear Humanity,

I am angry. I have so much anger built up inside of me that it is just seeping through the seams of my soul. I am disappointed. I am saddened. We all should be.

We humans have walked this earth for thousands of years and we still choose not to get along with each other. That’s right, I said we choose not to.

Being human means our lives revolve around the choices we make. …

These venerable institutions are far more than a musty collection of books — they’re now everything from recording studios to nightlife hotspots

An exterior shot of the Seattle public library building.
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Some may be tempted to think the humble public library is going extinct. I beg to differ. Throughout history, this incredible institution has constantly evolved to keep up with the times. Before they were public, they were exclusively membership-based. Before there were online catalogs, there were card catalogs. Before there were free streaming services, there were (and still are) physical movies and audiobooks.

Now, our libraries are doing even more. They’re shifting from information centers to community social hubs. Think cafés and bars. Think loaning out ski and snowshoe equipment. Think providing services for the homeless. …

Although travel is sometimes stressful, it’s always a relief to finally arrive at a hotel and know everything is taken care of. Clean sheets and towels, Wifi, air conditioning, cable TV, breakfast — all components that provide us comfort while away from home.

Growing up far away from big cities, playing basketball both in college and professionally, and just by nature of loving travel means I have stayed in a lot of hotels throughout my life. And after a year-long hiatus, I have also stayed in quite a few hotels recently.

This time around, something was different. Or maybe it…

Liz B.

Examining life and all its wonders. Self-reliance, sustainability, resiliency, and questioning societal norms are my things.

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