Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, but the good news is that we’re all in this together ladies and gentlemen. As purveyors of prime Grade A web content, the SolidSmack crew has done some of the heavy-lifting to make sure you get your Mondays started on the right track.

Welcome to The Monday List.

Each Monday, we’ll link you up with some of the most insightful, informative, and socially-relevant stories to keep tabbed, bookmarked, reading listed, pocketed, or what have you. Be sure to check in each Monday morning for a new crop of freshly sprouted words curated straight from the source of your favorite homegrown ‘Smack.

What We’re Reading This Week:

Lunar Scientists Want to Hitch a Ride on America’s Next Moonshot

These scientists hope to piggyback onto any future US moonshot so they can answer questions about the origin of the solar system, as well as test the kind of experiments they hope to run on Mars. And these days, they’re about as giddy as lunar scientists can get.

Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America

In the poorest towns, where even Wal-Mart failed, the little-box player is turning a profit.

Letter of Recommendation: Dunking

A few years ago, at Easter dinner with my in-laws, I noticed my husband’s grandmother dipping pieces of yellow cake into her glass of soda. She’s a woman of nearly 90 with a preternatural grip for hugs and pinching cheeks but, in this, she was gentle: letting each bite soak into her orange Crush, allowing it to achieve full saturation before popping it in her mouth.

Rich Roll on How to Sustain Peak Performance

Nine life lessons from the ultra-endurance athlete and self-improvement guru.

The Future of Augmented Reality Will Be Boring

I have a hunch that there is a less exciting, more boring, but actually-might-be-useful-in-day-to-day-life, application of Augmented Reality.

Are Trekkies the Key to CBS’s Future?

Star Trek: Discovery goes where no Trek has gone before: streaming. CBS’s Les Moonves is betting the show’s rabid fans will come along.

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