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"We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey

Author Archives: Samantha Sprole

A Quarantine Revelation: life on the introversion-extroversion spectrum

The quarantine has taught me something crucial about myself: I am absolutely an introvert to my core. Of course, I’ve had my suspicions. But prior to the shutdown I felt … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Appeal of the Genteel: Ben Franklin beyond work

Back in the day of the American colonies, only two classes of people seemed to exist: the genteel class and commoners. Upward social mobility was a very real possibility for … Continue reading

May 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Imagining a Revolution: sci-fi and a story of social change

Let’s talk about possible worlds. Behold the world we live in now, but keep in mind the limitless possibilities for the future. How could the world become a better, more … Continue reading

May 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Escape the Echo Chamber: a journey through the political spectrum

The point is this: Move beyond your will to be right and toward a willingness to be open-minded, and you move closer to liberation. At least, that’s the plan.

April 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

#30daychallenge: Daily routines and an experiment in social media accountability

The Challenge: Daily Morning and Evening Routines In the past four months of training for a marathon, I revisited years of notes and ideas about the optimal components of a … Continue reading

May 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bracing for overstimulation: Mental health amid chaos and worry

In a few months time, I plan to get in my car and roam. I’ll be on the road for several weeks, beginning in mid-June. I want to discover odd … Continue reading

April 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Status symbols crush our souls

When we live “authentically” we live according to our innermost desires, our spirit and character. I could spend days trying to parse this idea. How can we distinguish between “innermost … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why We Love the Murderer

Justin St. Germain’s moody essay, “Murder Tourism in Middle America,” follows the thoughts of a brooding, pessimistic young professor on a quest to satisfy his obsession with Truman Capote’s nonfiction … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Cynic’s Guide to Honeymooning

This morning I read an essay by Charles Comey, “Against Honeymoons,” and I thought of our cultural swerving on the spectrum between total cynicism and diehard idealism. Let’s back up. … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Big-Picture Time Management for the Hopelessly Ambitious

Be a badass, sure, but be a well-rounded badass and you’re really living your best life.

January 26, 2019 · 2 Comments