Just because they’re your family doesn’t mean you’re tied to them. She learned that the hard way. Birds, cats, squirrels. Sometimes it’s time for the young to leave the nest. For good. So she fought the fight. The fight for independence. It’s something she doesn’t talk about because in many cultures people assume your mother loves you and that family is a warm place. At even the slightest mention she’s shunned and judged. “But it’s your mother.” “Oh, she loves you.” These are the dismissive words she grew up hearing. She didn’t understand the gravity of the situation until she…

Written by a twenty-something who just mainly likes to get things done

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Without unconventional risk you get conventional results. Decide to be radical, but don’t decide. Just be radical. Don’t like something? Change it. The only thing stopping you is you. Freedom? True freedom? This is how you achieve it.

Be calm, because without it you lose clarity. Be neutral because the universe is. Be accepting of the outcome, because you know you’ve done all you could to the fullest of your ability. Then learn. It’s okay to be unsure- uncertain- nervous. That’s how you know you’re onto something new- that you’re in uncharted territory.

And when you strike gold, finally, be accepting again. Because you finally did it. Be grateful, be surprised, be overwhelmed, be humbled. Be ready to do it all over again.

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Oh beautiful, I love it when you greet me. The way you greet me. The sweet sound of your melodic voice. When you do it in public- that’s when you’ve taken it a bit too far, though. I’m not one for PDA. But still, I appreciate it. I know you work hard for us, and you don’t huff and puff when you do. If I ask you to do something you never drag your feet. You don’t spiral and show your true colors when you’ve had enough like some of the others. They think you’re ugly, but I know you’re…

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They say we’re destroying the Earth,

But that’s a tale of lies.

We’re the ones at risk,

Human demise.

The Earth, the universe will always go on,

We’re the ones who’ll phase out with the dawn.

Looking forward to the day,

When Earth gives us the boot

Because we took her for granted,

Raided for loot.

Should we count all the ways

we’re destroying ourselves?

Common viruses getting stronger,

time only tells.

Penicillin failure, antibiotic abuse,

It’s like we never learn,

What’s the excuse?

While some remain incredulous,

It becomes more difficult to trust

That we’ll do the right thing

This is part two to the blog post White Noise Costs $2.75


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Encounter 4

Here goes nothin’… 2:30pm on the dot. Sunday, Feb 2nd 2020. Everyone is pretty much working to themselves. The only ones I can really hear are the baristas. It seems coffee shops have progressed to be more of a “focus and work on your own” place to get away from distractions in a new environment. 🤔

Hearing something about “should… family.” “I was like…” “Maybe I should have…”

The music and the white noise of the bar is great at masking sound.

“Hi how are…

Or maybe even the cost of a minty hot chocolate, short, with almond milk and whipped cream.

An Exercise in Overhearing. NYC.


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With a city so loud you’d think you’d be able to hear everything. This is what I learned: white noise costs $2.75.

But first and foremost, I can’t, won’t, sho’nt take credit for this idea. A lovely professor of mine assigned this this past week. Shout out to you. And thanks.

Encounter 1

8:21 am (Jan 29, Wed)

So I’m tryna do this thing…

Let’s see how it goes

On the newer model MTA subway train and…

Micha Lewis

Learning the art of storytelling, probably breaking all of the rules

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