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When ‘Positivity’ Is Positively Furious

By Vega Subramaniam

I’m a born Pollyanna. As friends used to say, “Of course you’d stand up for [insert annoying colleague who did a stupid thing]; you never say anything mean about anybody.”

Fair enough. But it’s been … Read More

You Tell ME: Why DO You Always Do This To Yourself?

By Vega Subramaniam

There are certain questions I hear people ask themselves out loud a lot:

“Why do I always let the mail pile up like this?!” “Why can’t I ever get anything done on time?!” “Why do I … Read More

30 Aug '17

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Of Brains, Databases, and Self-Affirmation

By Vega Subramaniam

What we want, a lot of us, is to face life with confidence and contentment, and to make a difference.

A requirement of building confidence and contentment, if I may posit, is maintaining an accurate inventory … Read More

Decision-Making, Activism, and Charlottesville

By Mala Nagarajan

Honestly, the last time I thought deeply about Charlottesville was in the early 1980s, when the 7-foot-4-inch phenom Ralph Simpson was leading the University of Virginia Cavaliers into the NCAA’s Collegiate Men’s Basketball Tournament (aka March Madness). … Read More

04 Jul '17

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Embracing Your Winding Path

I turned 52 last weekend. One full deck of cards. As I begin my 53rd year, I get to open up a brand-new deck.

On one hand, I have a new chance to choose how I play the hand … Read More

03 Mar '17

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Optimism is a Form of Resistance

By Vega Subramaniam

My friend Ericka said that to me the other day: “Optimism is a form of resistance.” And it occurred to me just how impossible it feels to be pessimistic right now. My entire being would reject … Read More

The Person I Could Have Been

By Vega Subramaniam

This is for all of you who are filled with regret about choices you made, paths you took, your foolishness, your failures.

Some of you may have heard that the definition of hell is, on your last … Read More

The Human Right to Have Fun

By Vega Subramaniam

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about leisure. We’re witnessing, not to mention experiencing, lots of of anger, rage, activist analysis…all those things that we both take for granted and applaud as righteous. But it’s also true … Read More

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In a time like none other…

By Mala Nagarajan

In a time like none other for most of us, the injustice is staggering: the presidential election undermined; state legislatures eviscerating democracy through voter suppression and gerrymandering; government agencies meant to protect and serve us (EPA, Education, FDA…) … Read More

09 Dec '16

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It’s All Skill Development

By Vega Subramaniam

It’s All Skill Development

“Of course you’re creative” (or “a leader” or “talented”). “You just need to change your attitude. Don’t be so negative.” “You’re too insecure. You should have more self-esteem.”

All things … Read More