Opinion’

Botanica Restaurant & Market

There is something inherently charming about Silver Lake, an offbeat neighborhood tucked just south of Echo Park in central Los Angeles. It’s close enough to major attractions, yet is just far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Farmer’s markets, vintage thrift shops, and hip eateries line the area. In some ways, Silver Lake […]

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#MYUMUGANDA

Umuganda: “Coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.” That’s precisely what Rwanda, one of the most densely populated states in Africa, intends to do. In an effort to restore shattered fragments of a lost culture, Rwanda created “Umuganda,” a monthly tradition in which people join arms to achieve social good. The state’s collective identity eroded as a result of ongoing domestic conflict that spiraled after the state’s independence from […]

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Thank You Letters: Restoring a Lost Art

Are polite manners obsolete? Traditional etiquette is entirely redefined in the digital age. Long gone are the days of snail mail and love notes by carrier pigeon; instead, we live in a “now” society in which people seek instant gratification through technological means. Text messages, e-mails, and Facebook “Wall Posts” are a few effortless ways we tend to say thank you, […]

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