Author: Cassandra Ledger

The Long-Term Benefits of Travel are More than Just Memories

Credit: Avopix The Dream of a Far-Away World You’re going away for five days. You’ve packed a small suitcase full of clothes, essentials, and a charger for your phone. Just in case, you bring a book, and a journal. You don’t need your computer. The 12-hour drive is arduous, and something you aren’t necessarily looking forward to, but in the end, you will have reached a destination so vastly different from home that it practically seems you’ve entered a new world. For a few days, you’ll be free of e-mails, calls, and meetings. Work was left behind the moment...

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Exclusive Interview: Robbie Davison, Feeding Liverpool and Changing Lives with Can Cook

Credit: The Guardian  Editor’s Note: Robbie Davison is the director of a food organization, Can Cook, based out of Liverpool and Merseyside. Their mission is simple: provide those in food poverty with the quality food they deserve. The organization provides those in need with the tools they need to eat right, and teaches them how to execute that need. Every week, Can Cook offers fresh, healthy food to schools, nurseries, care homes, and individuals, feeding thousands of hungry citizens. This interview was conducted via e-mail. Developing Fresh Food For Those in Need Sophia News: Please describe your evolution from food...

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A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Credit: Rolling Stone On August 16, 2018, the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time. Aretha Franklin is a prolific artist whose career spanned over 50 years. Some of her most popular hits include “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” and “Think.” Since the early 2010’s, the renowned musician had been periodically canceling concerts due to undisclosed medical reasons. It is believed that these instances were a result of a silent battle with pancreatic cancer. The country mourns the loss of an inspiring woman, while simultaneously celebrating the gifts she left us with like never before. In spite...

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Exclusive Interview: Daan Roosegaarde, Combining Art and Clean Air

Credit: TED Editor’s Note: Daan Roosegaarde is an innovative and inspiring man whose career has tacked the titles of artist, sculptor, inventor, and environmentalist to his name. But Mr. Roosegaarde does not concern himself with labels– what he cares about is his work. With the Dutch artist’s place of work, Studio Roosegaarde, Mr. Roosegaarde has produced a number of sustainable projects, such as Gates of Light, which works to protect water, energy, and Dutch culture, Waterlicht, which was designed to raise awareness of rising sea levels, and his most famous work, the Smog Free Tower. In this exclusive interview,...

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Why “Wasting Time” is Not a Waste

Professionals, and even students, know that in this day and age, there is not a moment to spare. First thing in the morning, many roll over and check their phones for emails and texts. We get ourselves ready for the day, scarf down a breakfast (though whether or not this part happens is variable), and we dive in head-first. The morning routine is a strong indicator of the pace of the rest of our day: it is always on the move. Our “free time” is never that— if we have an extra few minutes, we can’t just sit with...

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