The Legend of 1000 Cranes

The Legend of 1000 Cranes

Keane Veran

If you haven’t noticed, we love the crane. This fabled bird is said to live for 1000 years and has become a symbol of life, longevity, and happiness in Japanese culture. With so much good fortune associated with the crane, it quickly became the most popular and iconic piece of origami for people to fold.  But it didn’t stop there.  According to legend, folding 1000 origami cranes results in a wish. It’s said that each folded piece represents a year of the crane’s life and when someone completes all 1000, the sacred crane grants their wish.  Through the years thousands...

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UV Protection Caps by OURA - Behind UPF 50+

UV Protection Caps by OURA - Behind UPF 50+

Keane Veran

Exposure to sunlight is bad... right? As the saying goes, everything in moderation. Catching a couple rays can be totally fine but getting too much sun is definitely harmful. Sunlight has Ultraviolet (UV) radiation which increases your risk of sunburns, premature skin aging, and skin cancer so it’s important to limit your exposure. Clothes provide our first defense against the sun by absorbing or blocking the UV radiation, but different clothes provide different levels of protection. Darker colors are more protective than lighter colors, while tightly woven fabric is more protective than one that is loosely woven. UV, UPF and...

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Anti-Bacterial Headwear: How Our Hats Stay Clean

Anti-Bacterial Headwear: How Our Hats Stay Clean

Keane Veran

If you haven’t noticed, hats can get pretty disgusting. They are one of the few things that we take everywhere, but never wash. Just think, when was the last time you’ve washed a hat? Probably never.   This leads to some pretty pungent situations. A strenuous workout or even a hot day can lead to the lingering scent of sweat. But it’s not the sweat that leads to that musky smell, but rather the bacteria that feed off it. The warm, moist environment provides the perfect place for bacteria to grow. They’re the root cause behind any odors that come from...

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A Heartfelt Thank You Letter to U.S. Representative Ed Royce

A Heartfelt Thank You Letter to U.S. Representative Ed Royce

Keane Veran

Dear Rep. Ed Royce, In 2011, my wish came true. Thanks to Make-a-Wish, I flew to DC with my family to meet President Obama. As a part of of that wish, we were lucky enough to receive a private tour of the US Capitol. As we walked through those halls so steeped in history, we met so many kind staffers who welcomed us into their office. But of everyone we met that day, you were the most gracious and kind of them all. As our tour came to an end, our guide Burt Caswell mentioned that we could try to...

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Cancer Care Package: The Essentials

Cancer Care Package: The Essentials

Keane Veran

Caring for Cancer Patients A cancer diagnosis is a devastating news. As a patient, there is so much uncertainty and it can be so easy to feel isolated and alone. During this time, showing your support as a loved one can be so crucial for a patient. But for many loved ones, the question that comes up is: How can I actually help? There are many ways that you can help a patient through treatment. The simplest, yet most important, way is just to be there for them emotionally. Check in on them and be supportive to their needs. How...

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