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Rebecca Diaz

Rebecca Diaz

Freelance Writer
  • While I love the idea of homesteading, there is still something to be said for specialization. Remember the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" ? There's a reason that we moved away from the model of doing everything yourself. You might be great at baking bread and your neighbor might be a skillful

    While I love the idea of homesteading, there is still something to be said for specialization. Remember the phrase "jack of all trades, master of none" ? There's a reason that we moved away from the model of doing everything yourself. You might be great at baking bread and your neighbor might be a skillful butcher, while the guy down the road has a green thumb (and good earth). Not to mention its more cost effective to specialize and barter rather than buy all the supplies to try and do it all on your own. Everything is good in moderation, including a lifestyle rooted in doing everything from scratch.

  • It only makes sense to share, especially with close family members or significant others. I'm sure that in these sharing relationships there are other trade offs that are not being recorded in the study. For instance, I share my Costco account with my mom, who helps me out with babysitting my daughter.

  • I'm split on this one; do you move to and accept a job in an area with a high cost of living and expect to get paid more based on the high cost of living, or do you figure out how to earn the income you desire, make it happen, and then move to an area with a high cost of living. Common sense should tell

    I'm split on this one; do you move to and accept a job in an area with a high cost of living and expect to get paid more based on the high cost of living, or do you figure out how to earn the income you desire, make it happen, and then move to an area with a high cost of living. Common sense should tell you that the latter is probably a better course of action.

    Having lived near homeless shelters and affordable housing projects, I can completely understand where residents are coming from. Imagine you worked your tail off to buy a nice house in a nice neighborhood, and then a low income housing project came in, bringing more traffic, crime, litter, loitering teenagers... It's not fair to existing residents either.

  • "The “bastardization” of the drink, as Dave calls it, may be the only way Big Soda can make it a viable product."

    Those that enjoy kombucha don't want a watered down, sweetened version with a sad probiotic mix thrown in made by a beverage giant whose flagship product is soda.

    I also gotta say, if

    "The “bastardization” of the drink, as Dave calls it, may be the only way Big Soda can make it a viable product."

    Those that enjoy kombucha don't want a watered down, sweetened version with a sad probiotic mix thrown in made by a beverage giant whose flagship product is soda.

    I also gotta say, if kombucha manufacturers want to move to the mass market, they've got to be more cost competetive. In some places kombucha is as expensive as an alcoholic beverage.

  • This explains something I've felt for years but could never explain to anyone; reading a historical narrative provided a more enjoyable but less enlightening experience than reading a fact-focused book. This is not to say that narratives are wholly bad, but we should recognize the difference when picking

    This explains something I've felt for years but could never explain to anyone; reading a historical narrative provided a more enjoyable but less enlightening experience than reading a fact-focused book. This is not to say that narratives are wholly bad, but we should recognize the difference when picking up new reads to take home, and partcularly when conducting research.

    I find this phenomenon to be especially true of podcasts but I believe that media actually requires the narrative to remain engaging.

  • They also shed some light on the lifespan of rings, which, after all, don't actually last forever, as seen on the thin, wispy rings around Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus."

    It's so interesting to learn that these rings are not static, but changing every second, and actually have limited lifespans. Makes

    They also shed some light on the lifespan of rings, which, after all, don't actually last forever, as seen on the thin, wispy rings around Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus."

    It's so interesting to learn that these rings are not static, but changing every second, and actually have limited lifespans. Makes you wonder where else rings had previously existed.

  • While I can't blame an entrepreneur for astutely reading societal trends and coming up with a successful business model, I also can't help but feel that this is a sad commentary on millennials and their need to constantly share with everyone they've ever met. It seems to me that there is a split forming

    While I can't blame an entrepreneur for astutely reading societal trends and coming up with a successful business model, I also can't help but feel that this is a sad commentary on millennials and their need to constantly share with everyone they've ever met. It seems to me that there is a split forming between those of us that have become disenchanted with being constantly connected (many of us have severed those connections and strive to live more in the present), and those that are addicted to the likes and the competitive nature of social media. I wonder if restaurants like this will maintain long-term allure over establishments where taste, ingredients, and authenticity is more important than photogenic backgrounds.

  • This is absolutely not surprising, both that the majority of milennials surveyed disapprove of Trump, or that a majority of millenial democrats identify as some sort of socialist. The latter is a perfect example of why older generations do not take milennials seriously. While I would say that some aspects

    This is absolutely not surprising, both that the majority of milennials surveyed disapprove of Trump, or that a majority of millenial democrats identify as some sort of socialist. The latter is a perfect example of why older generations do not take milennials seriously. While I would say that some aspects of our modern economy make life more difficult for the millenial generation, certainly the changes are not all bad. I anticipate that political radicalization such as this is a phase most milennials will grow out of as they mature, especially as they meet people in the course of their life who have actually grown up in socialist governments and don't want to be under anything that remotely resembles it ever again.

  • I wonder how the concept of "upward mobility" was measured; it's never clearly defined. Is it an increase in income, acheiving higher education, home-ownership, credit scores, attainment of a professionalcareer vs working a series of entry level jobs? A combination?

    I think the "gig economy" may have

    I wonder how the concept of "upward mobility" was measured; it's never clearly defined. Is it an increase in income, acheiving higher education, home-ownership, credit scores, attainment of a professionalcareer vs working a series of entry level jobs? A combination?

    I think the "gig economy" may have something to do with this. Economic opportunities are no longer limited by your geographic location (as long as you have a good internet connection). Couple that with more and more educational institutions offering online programs and it only makes sense that we're seeing rural areas catching up in this department. Wealthier people are also fleeing the cities for suburban or rural areas because of crime levels, long commutes, and pollution.

  • "... as far as the U.S. is concerned, the subpar state of domestic broadband competition can't be ignored."

    While the necessary infrastructure may not yet be ready, this poses a serious threat to companies that have a stronghold in the market and have been taking advantage of consumers lack of choice

    "... as far as the U.S. is concerned, the subpar state of domestic broadband competition can't be ignored."

    While the necessary infrastructure may not yet be ready, this poses a serious threat to companies that have a stronghold in the market and have been taking advantage of consumers lack of choice for years. It's about time for competition to shake things up.