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Christmas Lights!

Ogden lights: they had a parade and sold some snacks! there were also fireworks near the end!
Tree of light (or life??): This one was in Draper I believe. The tree is huge and it’s so nice!
Temple Square lights: of course!
andddddd, neighborhoods! I only took a picture of one house, but some neighborhoods have a story book telling. As you drive from house to house, they each have a huge sign on their yard with decorations and it all combines to become a story. While others have an “interactive” lights decoration that might be interacting with their music.
Park City: They have cute christmas lights strung around!

You can also go to those car things where you pay an admission fee and drive through the lights! You also tune into a radio station to listen to Christmas music and the lights flicker to the rhythm! They’re usually not as pricey if you have lots of passengers to split it up but it’s always so fun! We loved doing that last year!

*I didn’t take much pictures, due to the cold weather. But trust me, they’re all worth seeing!

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Chasing the Scream

The war on drugs, and the war for drugs. This book talks about it all. Chasing the Scream is a must read book for everyone. This book is eye-opening. Johann Hari interviews a handful of people to see how their world is. The drug war is costly, and it targets POC who can’t afford a lawyer. It was created by someone who was racist, and wanted to keep funds coming into his division in the government, so he created the stigma towards POC. I won’t tell you too much more, because you need to read it! You won’t regret it.

​-jd

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Health Care Reform: What it is, Why it’s necessary, How it works

In the book, “Health Care Reform: What it is, Why it’s necessary, How it works” by Jonathan Gruber, Gruber discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare) in a captivating way. Usually, when you think about an informative book, you don’t think of it as a comic book – but Gruber did just that. The book was not only entertaining with its’ illustrations but it made the reading load feel a lot less. If you were to research about health care reform, you would come across long, lengthy articles that will shy you away from reading them. This book did the opposite. ​The book does a really good job of telling us the what, how, and why of ACA by answering questions like “why should we care about other people’s medical coverage,” “how ACA will help control costs,” and “how will it impact me on my coverage.”

*this book is bias since Jonathan helped with the implementation of the ACA, but i’m biased as well because I believe we need health care reform!

-jd

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Sweat it out

In high school, I took yoga classes because it was an easy A. I didn’t care for it, and I never liked it. I didn’t understand why anyone did Yoga for fun.

In College, I decided to try out hot yoga at Scholé Yoga one night (with Dahlia) because it was free & I was free.

We thought we knew what we were expecting, but it turns out we didn’t. The setting was dim, turning to darkness as we closed our eyes. The room was hot, full of heat irradiating from our bodies and the mechanics used to create a heated room. We relaxed, stretched, and sweated. It was intense, but the feeling of relaxation afterwards overwhelmed it. We felt like we were on top of the world, and that we had our lives together.

I recommend everyone to try out hot yoga at some point in their life. take a class. what’s there to lose?

​-jd

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The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur 

I’ve always been interested in poems or short writings. About a year ago, I was browsing through a book store at an airport looking for something to occupy my mind during my 10hr flight. I came across “milk and honey” by Rupi Kaur. Her writing style is unique, comprising the book into four parts that tells a journey. This year, her new book came out – the sun and her flowers. The picture is an excerpt from her book. I recommend this book to anyone who loves poetry, or simply a good, easy read. ​

-j.d

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