Recommended Reads, Videos, Resources | Week of April 27

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On our last Monday of April, we’re all looking for something to start the week off on a good note to carry us through to May. To help, we’ve brought together some interesting reading, resources and, of course, moments of humor that will set just the right tone.

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The Office As We Knew It Isn’t Coming Back Anytime Soon. Maybe It’s Changed Forever

By Uri Berliner | NPR

Cubicle culture has gone dark. Open floor plans stand empty. Offices around the world are shut during the pandemic, making work from home the new normal for millions of white-collar employees. In the United States, remote work is still being encouraged under guidelines outlined by the federal government. But in webinars and conference calls, business leaders and management strategists are discussing what steps must be taken to bring workers back to America’s offices.

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Why You’re So Irritated by Everything

By Kelli María Korducki | Forge at Medium

Whether you’re anxious to a clinical, diagnosable degree or simply in healthy proportion to the nerve-wracking day-to-day reality of living through a pandemic and economic standstill, constant worry is guaranteed to leave you on edge. How that heightened sense of nervous arousal will present itself might vary depending on who you are, your circumstances, or what day of the week it is.


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I Want to Grow Everything

By Amanda Arnold | The Cut

I didn’t want to actually bake bread. What compelled me to finally acquire a sourdough starter is the same desire that recently drove me to furiously cut apart my pothos plants to propagate them, and to start making kombucha again: I just wanted to watch them grow.

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I Miss a Feeling I’ll Never Get Back

By Mari Andrew | Forge at Medium

Now I know that it was a luxury to have that feeling: the delusion that anything is within my control, that anything can be predicted. Like the other comforts that have slipped away, it’s something I took for granted because I assumed it would always be there.

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You Are Not Alone If You Don’t Care About Work During The Coronavirus Pandemic

By Monica Torres | Huffington Post

If you still have a job while tens of millions of Americans file for unemployment benefits, you are in a privileged position right now. But that doesn’t mean your performance is not being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Even if your job is meaningful to you, it can be understandably hard to stay motivated or even care much about it during a global pandemic that is infecting millions and has killed over 187,000 people worldwide.

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By Adam Grant | The New York Times

As unemployment climbs to its highest rate in nearly a century, many people are searching for work. Our natural instinct is to go to our strong ties — the people we know well and see regularly. But classic evidence suggests we’re more likely to get a job through our weak ties. It’s not just because we have more acquaintances than friends and family. It’s because our strong ties tend to give us redundant information: They know many of the same things and the same people as we do. Weak ties open up access to new people and new leads.


By Tim Heffernan | The New York Times

The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 may survive for several days on some surfaces. Estimates of its life span vary, but the virus can clearly hang around long enough to make disinfecting frequently touched surfaces a priority.

How To Start Running With Peter Sagal’s 3 G’s

By Shereen Marisol Meraji & Peter Sagal | NPR

I kind of hate running. Peter Sagal, on the other hand, loves it. (You might recognize him as the host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!) He’s an avid runner — he even wrote a book about it. Most recently, he tried using his well-practiced spiel and his favorite running advice — the 3 G’s — to convince me (and therefore you, by proxy) to give running a chance. How did he do? See for yourselves.

By Micaela Marini Higgs | The New York Times

Social connection right now can come with a bit of a learning curve. While we can still see one another virtually, stressful times during the pandemic and a new digital dynamic can make it hard to replicate the lighthearted moments of bonding that we crave. Thankfully, it’s still possible to enjoy many of the benefits of social interaction even when you’re holed up at home — and playing games is a great way to do it in a group.

Release your inner explorer. Here’s a way to relive, commemorate or envision a favorite place in the world by creating an illustrated map.


1. “Do you do this all day? Aren’t you bored?”

2. Bonk.

3. Whoever upset Big Poppa should be tried in a court of law.

4. Oh, is that what I’ve been doing wrong?

5. Remember: sometimes we all need to take a deep breathe.

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