Entries by Daniel Faris


Daniel Faris is a freelance writer from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You can join his alter ego over at The Sound of Progress for discussions of progressivism in music, politics, and culture.

How to Make Sense of the American Auto Insurance Industry

You don’t always have a choice when it comes to the bills you have to pay on a monthly basis, but auto insurance is one that might actually offer some options for customization—and for savings. But you have to know… 0 Shares |

Here’s How to Beat the Car Dealer at Their Own Game

If you’re like most Americans, you probably find buying a car as thrilling as it is frustrating. And, like most Americans, you probably find that the bulk of the frustration comes from dealing with manipulative or just plain dishonest salespeople.… 0 Shares |

Beyond Addiction: The Environmental Cost of the Drug Trade

Drugs are illegal for a reason. That’s what conventional wisdom tells us, even as we acknowledge moral gray areas like marijuana legalization and widespread prescription drug usage. The thing is, those reasons are more complicated than most of us might… 0 Shares |

Stay Warm This Winter with These Low-Tech Heat Hacks

The long months of winter bring with them dry air, bitter winds and, for some of us, even clinical-grade depression. Don’t believe me? Do a search for “seasonal affective disorder” and see what comes up. There’s a reason its acronym… 0 Shares |

You Might Be Making Yourself a Target for Credit Card Fraud

It’s all too easy to take our safety and security for granted. The problem is, many of the corporations and institutions in America have proved to be poor stewards of the data we entrust to them. And when it comes… 0 Shares |

5 of the Hardest Career Fields to Break Into

In this day and age, simply finding any job can be a challenge, but others require much more experience and knowledge. Some of these difficult career fields require advanced degrees, high GPAs, several prerequisites, or they simply have low employment… 0 Shares |

Water: Conventional Wisdom, Misinformation, and Best Practices

Water, water everywhere, how many drops to drink? This paraphrase of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” may seem silly, but it illustrates a worthwhile question: How much water should we drink every day? We are surrounded… 0 Shares |

It’s Time for Parents to Stop Worrying About Sexting

It seems that nearly every teenager has his or her own smartphone these days, which has made them fully able and equipped to use a host of apps to send pictures and videos to nearly anyone. With this type of… 0 Shares |

Is Your Credit Score What It Should Be?

When was the last time you checked your credit score? Do you even remember? There are a lot of numbers in life that we’re forced to memorize – social security numbers, license plates, phone numbers – but one of the… 0 Shares |

Reminder: “Natural” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “Healthy”

Anyone who knows me understands that I don’t make a habit of telling others how to live their lives. So what I’m about to show you here is not accompanied by a sermon or by any kind of judgment. It’s… 0 Shares |