Life Update and a Personal Take on “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (An American Slave)”

Hi everyone, Joseph here: How are y'all doing? It's been a hectic start to the beginning of the year here @ Berkeley and finding time to write, like always, is a challenging undertaking. However, I have neglected the blog for far too long and I appreciate Ryann (Shoutout to Ryann Madden - AWESOME undergrad advisor …

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius's primer to Stoicism is good. Like really, really good. Somewhere between philosophy and psychology, Meditations is a recommendation to a lifestyle of productivity and internal peace. I'll give you an example of one my favorite quotes:   "How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what his neighbor says or …

In Pursuit of the Perfect Cabbage

Brassica oleracea. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens... they all pay homage to their ancestor Brassica oleracea. [1] Cultivated broadly throughout history, from the plains of Mesopotamia, to the fertile expanses of the Nile, the humble cabbage has stolen the hearts of travelers through history. The root, Oleracea, ties together her children, all the plentiful cultivars of Brassica oleracea. You might …

Death and Dying

Hey all! Just a quick update. I just wanted to write a bit today and put something out on the blog for y'all. I've recently read the New Yorker article: "Questions for Me About Dying" by Cory Taylor that you can read here. [1] Author of Me and Mr. Booker, My Beautiful Enemy, and Dying: A Memoir, her writing combines …

My Pet Peeve

Where did the love go? More and more often, as I find myself caught up in the race that pre-meds succumb to, I have found myself asking the question: Where did the love go? When I mean the love, I don't mean an emotional outpour, I mean the support in the little things in life. …

The Heroin Epidemic

Hi everyone Joseph here, Today I wanted to address the heroin epidemic after the recent events in Ohio addressing the morality of reducing dispatch to chronic heroin overdose users, as well as look at a few mechanisms of action by which heroin acts on the body. Heroin's rising abuse in the US is my impetus …