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With so many events and plans canceled, even those of us continuing to work outside the home likely have extra time on our hands. At the same moment, it may prove difficult to focus in the face of so...
Spring break is a bit of a bust. The COVID-19 pandemic has crushed all spring break plans, and foreseeable future plans. While we all know we'll be stuck indoors for some time, here's a fun way to help pass the...
I’m going to cut to the chase. Wear. A. Mask. In. Public. I know it might feel weird. I know it might make some people feel embarrassed or weak (?). I know it feels uncomfortable. I know it’s a little bit...

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...