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Food as Metaphor
1950s Essay: Dag Hammarskjöld
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Emily Schmitt Lavin has made a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches in her life, and she admits that a majority of them had one burned side. When she realized it was because she didn't always give the task her full attention, a deeper philosophy for living was born.