November 27, 2016

Redirection: A Conscious Holiday Gift Guide

Though gift giving is not the purpose of the holiday season, I do think there is sentiment behind the act. Giving is a love language; it's a way to show our appreciation for someone else. The tricky thing, however, is figuring out what to get someone.

I think it's safe to say that we all want to get something that the other person will love, but discerning what that something is, is tough. We don't want to get something that the person will never use, and we certainly don't want to be wasteful of our money or material items.

I've come up with a list of 10 gift ideas - this list reflects my goals to live more sustainably, support ethical companies, save up for experiences, and invest in fewer, quality items. I hope it inspires you in your search for the perfect gift!:

November 20, 2016

November 9, 2016

Cornell Plantations

This is long overdue, but I just haven't had the opportunity to share these photos from early September! 

November 7, 2016

Let's Redirect Our Attention

Four years ago, I was in Germany when the elections occurred. We were even excited about the election when in another country, but we were nowhere nearly as interested as we are now. 

It's encouraging and exciting to see young people engaged in the political process. On the other hand, it's disappointing that: 
1) we (myself included) judge others superficially by their political affiliations, and 
2) that our media dedicates an obscene amount of resources to sensationalizing the most minute of details about the candidates. 

It's one thing to expose truths for the public's benefit, but it's another to divert so much time, energy, and public concern from other, much more worthy, issues. 

Yes, it's an important election, but there's a disproportionate amount of coverage on very petty and repetitive topics. Even worse, the media has contributed a lot to polarizing this country. (A house divided cannot stand, remember?) 

So tomorrow, go and vote (I wish I could do the same). 
Whatever happens, happens. Yes, votes matter. Global leaders matter. 

But what matters most of all is our ability to view, treat, and love each other as human beings - you know how many problems can be overcome with that simple solution? 

Don't cave into the media's temptations to dive into a meaningless war on twitter when there are real wars going on. As much as I adore Alec Baldwin's impersonations and John Oliver's witty jokes, it's about time that I redirect my attention back to some other issues, and I urge you to do the same.

- han

November 6, 2016

Vegan Stuffed Shells

Tofu ricotta? Don't knock it until you try it!

November 2, 2016

Liberty Hyde Greenhouse

I pass by this greenhouse nearly everyday on my way to class, and I finally got a chance to swing by one day, after class. The greenhouse was about to close, but the guy closing it encouraged me to take a look -- he even showed me the titan arum, "Wee Stinky".