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If you’re late to the party like I am, there are still vegetables we can plant in August and harvest in the fall: beets, broccoli, carrots, kale, lettuce, peas, spinach. And of course we can always grow herbs on the windowsill. Basil is an easy one, plus it’s yummy and versatile. You’ll likely have some startup cost with this one, but your harvest will pay for itself.

Duolingo. I think it’s illegal to emerge from quarantine and still speak only one language.

Despite taking Spanish every year since middle school, including four years in college, my inability to converse with Spanish speakers is embarrassing. Language learning apps won’t make you fluent, but you can learn basic phrases that will stick. And Duolingo’s free video game-like system, complete with rewards and high stakes, keeps you coming back for more.

I just started last night and I already know how to say “The woman eats an apple” in Polish. That’s bound to come in handy at the Broadway Market someday, right?

Woebot. I’m of the firm belief that everyone can benefit from having a therapist. If you don’t have a therapist, maybe you should have Woebot.

It’s a mental health chatbot, which I know sounds weird and scary at first, and I was a little unsure about it when my therapist recommended it. But it was developed by Stanford psychologists, it’s engaging and evidence based, and it uses artificial intelligence to detect what a user needs at a given time and bring them the coping tools and exercises that will help them.

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