How to become an expert in anything

We’re exposed to problem solving at a young age. One of first and most vexing dilemmas that we face as kids is one of larceny. Whoever did the crime must be a genius though–as after decades of asking, we still can’t begin to fathom the identity of the person who stole the cookie from the…

It’s not flying, it’s falling–without style

Mountains suck, that’s what I’ve learned. The summer of my Sophomore year of high school, I ventured with my family to a random hill in the state of Jalisco, in western Mexico. After lunch, some of my cousins decided to go for a walk up a hill behind the house. Now, when I say hill…

Mile One

When I lived in California, my family and I would pack up the ol’ Caravan and drive down from my hometown of San Jacinto to the Pearl of the West: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The 1502 mile journey would take us thorough miles of the Sonora desert and past the Tropic of Cancer. Back then, I didn’t…

Beyond the Eye of the Beholder

I love airports. People hate airports. Well, shucks. Airports are massive inconveniences (in the US, at least): they are dreary, empty places where one must give up one’s privacy before being allowed to board a drab,  pressurized metal tube with crying babies and delays and other people,  am I crazy? Don’t answer that. But here’s…

Keep your eye on the second hand

2.48*10^9. As of right now, that’s the amount of time each of us has on this rocky little outcropping. That’s 78.7 years, according to the CDC. That’s a lot of time! And here we are: 15, 20, more years into our lifespan. As we rapidly approach the point where problems start to appear– some of…

The eye of the storm is a much nicer place

The eye of the storm may not necessarily the nicest place to be, but compared to being constantly buffeted by high winds and torrential rains, being in the calm center is rather nice. In this time of strong feelings and emotions, let’s slow down a little. We’re all guilty on a daily basis of jumping…

We may be smart–but it doesn’t mean we’re intelligent

Intellijunce. Its a smal part of who we r. Ok, so bad grammar aside, all too often we chase the wrong vision of smarts. Being smart does not make us intelligent, just like being intelligent does not make us smart. So where’s the line? ————————————————————————————————————————- Right here. On one side of the line are smarts:…

How to turn ice to smithereens

First off, let me begin by saying that the word “Smithereens” is rather a fantastic word. Second off (if that even counts as an expression), let me continue by saying that people are important. In fact, they are some of the most important things in our lives! We’re constantly surrounded by them: in our homes,…

A chance to make someone smile!

Let’s face it, we love to complain. When we get down to it, it’s easy to realize just how many things go wrong. But, if we really get down to it, it’s amazing how many things go right.  No one knows the first part of this statement better than customer service agents: in fact, I’m…

Gimmicks ≠ Quality

When I competed in debate& speech in high school, one of my favorite events to watch was Humorous Interpretation, or HI: an event where a single competitor must tell a story—assuming all of the different characters with a different voice and position to make the story come alive. It’s a magnificent event testing one’s ability…