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Basically A Time Machine

And with a light drizzle and 32 hours of travel, my fellowship came to an end. I’m currently sitting in the home I grew up in upon a blue recliner that we’ve had for as long as I can remember, steeped once again in the all-too-familiar coziness of Illinois and feeling really fucking far away …

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Excellence and Domain Specificity

When I received my first formal lesson in evolution during high school biology, I could not wrap my head around the idea that every species was adapted to be the very best it could be at filling its niche. It seemed self-evident to me, an Animal Planet lover since age five, that some animals were …

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Cracking the Brain Crack – 30 Day Challenges

Loyal followers of The MonkeyBuddha Diaries will have noticed that there hasn’t been much to follow a while now. While the podcast has stayed satisfactorily strong (I have low standards), my last written post howls from the forgotten geologic era of seven months ago in, a time known as “November 2017.” Even that entry was …

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Moments and Misconceptions

After being treated to the wonderful bulletpoint email updates of my friend Jeff who’s currently fulfilling a Princeton in Africa post with Imani development in Malawi, it struck me just how many interesting and noteworthy experiences have crossed my path here which aren’t big enough to warrant a dedicated entry, but may still, in aggregate, …

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Means

This is an introductory post. Logically, you might expect someone’s what-seems-to-be-a-travel-blog’s introductory post to be about setting: Where they are, how they got there, what they’ve eaten, what they’re looking forward to. And as charming and easy to write as that would be, I’m not going to write that kind of post because I don’t …

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