In this the strangest of years, how do we celebrate the holidays? Between social distancing, quarantines, and the general sad Charlie Brown vibe of the whole season, getting together to celebrate as in years past ranges from impossible to impossibly depressing. Some folks are just skipping out altogether. For those of us looking for some reason to smile or even, gasp, experience joy, what to do when the old standbys can’t happen?

In my social circles, the topic of traditions has popped up frequently. Traditions that can’t happen because of restrictions. Traditions that have to change. …


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We’ve all seen the trending articles about successful CEOs and athletes’ morning routines. We’ve heard about the health benefits of an early start. We’ve all known that chipper morning person who doesn’t even need a cup of coffee to be functional (unlike the rest of us…).

But what if getting up early wasn’t just another productivity hack?

If you’re like me, you spend most workday mornings hitting snooze before begrudgingly rolling out of bed at the absolute last minute (or several minutes after that). You scramble to shower, dress, and stuff something resembling breakfast into your face on the way…


Researchers from Wisconsin HOPE Lab and Temple University published a groundbreaking report last year examining studies of food insecurity on college campuses with disturbing results — approximately 36 percent of college students are food insecure. Responding to this growing epidemic, educational institutions across the nation are opening student food pantries. Others are still unwilling to admit there is a problem.

So, what is food insecurity?

The USDA defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

The USDA module provided the measurement standards by which the Wisconsin HOPE Lab team conducted…

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