The Happy Plague

Apart from its feature films, Pixar is well known for its shorts.  And its most recent one, “The Blue Umbrella” (paired with Monsters University) is yet another successful bud on that rosebush. Yet, the movie brings up another concept beyond its main plot point: happiness is contagious. Like a rose-colored version of the Black Plague,…

Liebster Award? Qu’est-ce que c’est?

Curve balls. They are important. Curve balls keep is engaged in life and help us grow in new and exciting ways without letting us know how we’re going to grow. Which is why when McKenna over at IHARTEKENNY (stylized, of course) nominated me for a Liebster Award, I was thrown a bit for a loop. …

Don’t Stay Up All Night To Get Lucky

Kids have the greatest time—they live, explore, and learn with nary a worry other than whether or not they are going to be having pizza for dinner tonight. Of course, that’s pretty much short-lived. Quickly, too quickly it seems, we begin to age: our to-do lists begin to grow as our concepts of simplicity and innocence…

What to do with a clean slate

The first car I ever drove was a 1996 Dodge Grand Caravan SE.  I remember being strapped into the captain’s chair, feeling the raw engine power that only a decade-old minivan could provide, and feeling intimidated. My heart started beating faster. My palms began to sweat. Time was stretched. Then I turned it on. Needless…

Why not just because?

1492: A man and his crew set out to reach India. They don’t. 1498: Another man and his crew set out to reach India. They do. 1492: The crew departed Palos de la Frontera with three ships and sailed west. 1498: The crew departed Lisbon with four ships and sailed south. In 1492, Christopher Columbus…

How to Bounce Back After the Sudden Stop at the End

If you’ve played Chess before you have experienced that slap-in-the-face moment when you had to come to terms after an abrupt loss. Regardless of how well the game was going for you before then and regardless of how close you were to victory: something went wrong; and before you realized it, checkmate. You have nothing…

Basic aerodynamics are easier to explain than 1+1=2

There are many benefits to being a collegiate intern: you can get lost in the building and ask for directions without getting laughed at too hard, or you can *lightly* hit your boss’ boss in the face with a door and get away with naught but a laugh. But chief among the benefits has to…

Prepackaged Happiness vs. Pick your own fun

As kids, almost everything we’re given has been pre-screened in some way. Regardless of whether it was our parents or some other force doing the pre-screening, we’ve always gotten our happiness in cute little doses of pre-planned joy. Disneyland or Chuck-E-Cheese’s are great examples: everything has been planned in advance, from the paths the rides…

Numero Uno!

Paper. I had to make sure that the very first word I ever type ever is quality, there’s no way that I can start with: “Well, this is my first post–here goes nothing”, even though I just did. But welcome to Why Mondays Are Cool–something that can hopefully become an exploration into the what and…