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Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.


It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.

Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

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I live and die by this sensation

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Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Since we want everyone to be able to celebrate today, we’ve curated the following list for you… the oven-less and non-cheese enthusiasts included!

So, eat cheesecake - no excuses.

How to Cheesecake for Every Situation:

1. Prefer More Fruit than Cake?

Make Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

2. No Oven?

Make a No Bake Cherry Cheesecake.

3. Limited Time? Only 22 Minutes to Cook!

Make Oreo Cookie Mini Cheesecakes.

4. Prefer a Heartier Dessert?

Make Deep Fried Cheesecake.

5. Want a Boozy Element?

Make a Bailey’s Cheesecake.

6. Prefer No Cheese in Your Cheesecake?

Make a Vegan Cheesecake.

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