On My Mind

Warning: Young adults trying to make sense of life and all the stuff it throws at us below.

Finding Community in Tumultuous Times photo
What does it mean to be a part of a community? The ecosystems that surround me, the ones I’m outside of looking in, the communities I’ll never understand.
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Self-growth is, of course, a process, but as I reflected on the recent years, it became clear how countless lessons seemed to shape my progression from early 20s to late 20s.
Don’t Go Chasing Wi-Fi photo
I’m blindly walking, waiving my cellphone in the air like I’m trying to catch the alien signal of the century -- except I’m in a mall … in Dallas, Texas. Got the visual? Great.
Lia and Adam Western Wall

The ups and downs of our flights to and from Tel Aviv reminded me that airlines and airports are very special places, where people tolerate much more than they would in the real world.

Carving out space for quiet photo
The discord sweeping the country has inspired many of us to speak out. Staying silent, as the Jewish people know all too well, can lead to danger.
Time flies photo
This April marks 10 years since my wife and I went on our first date. Time has moved in such a fashion that it feels like I blinked and now it’s 2017.
brightest night

 As I journey toward the brighter tomorrow, it seems mainstream media and culture are embracing those feelings that once made me loom over the chasm over oblivion.  

30 Things I Did Do Before 30 photo
To be frank, I’m not 30 for another four months. But to be Adam, I wanted to start making myself feel good about this because that list of “30 Things I Will Do Before 30” I wrote is getting out of reach.
10 Ways to Be Thankful Beyond Thanksgiving photo
I’ve thought of 10 simple, quick ways to give thanks year-round. Your challenge is to do 5 out of 10.
Uber Convenient photo
Let me preface this with: I do not work at or for Uber. I am not affiliated with Uber in any way. I just love writing about impressive companies.
Picking a Career at 17 photo
If you really think about it, you kind of need to know what you want to do for the rest of your life by the time you're a senior in high school -- at 17 years old.
Drip Drop photo
Doing our part to help the Flint water crisis
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Just like in a game of roulette, there are no do-overs. Believe me, I’ve tried. But what if I told you that I didn’t actually want some do-overs?
Eliana Intern

 A theory: getting ahead stems from the "resume building mentality," in which we accept the title without meticulously reading the fine print.

‘You are beautiful’ photo
There's a scene in the summer film comedy Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in which two sorority pledges attend their first fraternity party, and are disgusted by the frat brothers' focus on getting young co-eds into bed.
My Chicago Summer Bucket List photo
Here’s an ambitious list of what I want to accomplish before the leaves start changing colors.
Six Ways to Savor the Chicago Summer photo 1
Guys, this won’t last past September. We all know that. That means we have another month and a half, at most, to squeeze what we can out of the Chicago summer.
Terrible 22's: My Quarter-life Crisis photo-2
I'm a great-person. Not a Great Person. But the same way a great-grandmother is not always a Great Grandmother. Pay attention to the hyphen.
Why I (((Echo))) and So Should You photo 1
If you follow Jewish writers on Twitter, you might have noticed recently that some have put parentheses around their own names. While I wish it were the symbol for a virtual hug, it is actually a protest of a symbol that the Anti-Defamation League now considers hate speech.
Thank You to My Really Old Gym Shoes photo
A few weeks ago, a ridiculous thought occurred to me. I could not remember the last time I bought new gym shoes.
My 29-Hour Birthday photo

I’ve never been big on birthdays. I’m usually normal size.

Mission complete photo

My Grandpa Max passed away this spring -- on his 93rd birthday. According to Jewish wisdom, dying on the same day that you're born is a blessing. In fact, Moses was said to have died on his 120th birthday. The Talmud teaches us that God calculates and completes the lifespan of a righteous person.

30 Things I Will Do Before 30 photo

I’m 28 years old, going on 29. Right after that (a year, not immediately), I turn the big 29 plus 1.

Three Things I Wish I’d Known Before Graduating College photo

Trading textbooks for timesheets and “Two-Dollar Tuesday” for networking and fundraisers has provided me with a different perspective.

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