Essay: “On Dignity”

As I don’t have MTV or have any interest in any of their current programming I didn’t watch the VMAs last week, so I was not able to catch that infamous stage performance by former Disney Channel star Myley Cyrus. It was hard to miss out on all the reactions to it online though, though only a choice few tweets made it onto my feed. One tweet that stood out to me was one that said that the Oxford Dictionary had added an entry for “Twerking” (from the dance style Miss Cyrus had chosen to emulate for the VMAs) and removed the entry for “Dignity” to make room. We weren’t using that one anyway. And that got me thinking. How important is dignity to us today?

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Personal Essay: “The unseen pressures of life”

About a year ago I left my day job working for the postal service, a place that had become more stressful than I could really bear in 2011, with my anxiety and depression trading places to have a party in my brain.

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Essay: “On the Postal Worker”

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

These words, a translation from ancient Greek describing the Persian courier service c. 500 BC, are inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City. Through the years these words, in whatever form you remember them by, has in many minds become associated with the US Postal Service itself, though the words originally had no relation to them.

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