Goodbye, UAW.

Goodbye, UAW.

Some of you know this, but most of you don’t. Let me not bury the lede: November 17 will be my last day at the UAW. My time here has been instructive, contentious, invigorating, frustrating, heartbreaking and delightful. I’ve found most things in life exhibit that central tension if you care deeply. And I do. Continue reading Goodbye, UAW.

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

The other night, I started using (for the first time) this really neat digital painting program called Adobe Sketch to do some paintings and self portraits. I’m not sure what exactly got into me to make me want to start doing these paintings. If I’m being honest, I was feeling a little irritated, but I’m Continue reading Self Portraits

Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

It’s hard to write about disability in America. It’s especially hard to write about federal Social Security disability payments in rural America. It’s such a difficult topic because it strikes at the heart of one of the central myths of our civil and economic religion: No matter who you are, where you were born, what Continue reading Newspapers, disabled: On The Washington Post’s disability article

Some shit for when you don’t feel as good as you should

Some shit for when you don’t feel as good as you should

Took some time chatting with an old friend the other day. I’m sure we all have people like her in our lives, but talking with her always leaves me a little bummed out. Not because I find her to be a drag or anything. She’s the kind of person who makes herself felt in absence. Moments Continue reading Some shit for when you don’t feel as good as you should

Review: The Social Shake-Up

Review: The Social Shake-Up

Last week, I went to The Social Shake-Up in Atlanta, Georgia to talk to a bunch of folks who work in the digital and social media worlds (and to get a Mover & Shaker Award). It was my first time to The Social Shake-Up, but, according to Vanessa DiMauro, the event has grown tremendously since Continue reading Review: The Social Shake-Up

Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

(Author’s Note: I made a few additions and edits for clarity and emphasis after originally publishing at 1:12 a.m. on May 26, 2017) At his Harvard commencement speech on May 25, Mark Zuckerberg, of Facebook fame, served up a warmed over, entrepreneurial version of megachurch pastor Rick Warren’s 15-year-old religious treatise The Purpose Driven Life Continue reading Millenials don’t need a purpose, we need a union: A response to Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard commencement speech

A playlist of songs that I didn’t like at first, but now I love

A playlist of songs that I didn’t like at first, but now I love

We have all had the experience of listening to a song for the first time and reacting in a negative way. It doesn’t have to be anything in particular. Sometimes it’s just the feeling that there’s something “off” about this song. The beat, the singer’s voice, the melody, or something else–you’re not sure, but you Continue reading A playlist of songs that I didn’t like at first, but now I love

A Very Trumpist Ethics Move

A Very Trumpist Ethics Move

I have to admire the Trump administration sometimes. In what appears to be a rare stroke of genius from an administration that has not heretofore been known for their strategic prowess, the Trump administration is floating the idea of restricting the investigation of Robert Mueller, who was recently appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as Continue reading A Very Trumpist Ethics Move

Teddy Roosevelt and Today

Teddy Roosevelt and Today

In 2013, when Doris Kearns Goodwin published The Bully Pulpit, her followup to the acclaimed 2005 history of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals, I ran out and purchased a copy. My mother had bought me a copy of Team of Rivals as a high school graduation present, and, though it sat on my bookshelf unread for a long time, Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt and Today