May 2017

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

Good Morning: The Playlist

Good Morning: The Playlist

If you’re like me, there’s one thing that you dread every night when you go to sleep. You have to wake up in the morning. As I try to wake up earlier so I can exercise, I find that this is getting especially difficult. Waking up at 5:30 a.m. just is not what my body Continue reading Good Morning: The Playlist

Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”

Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”

As a child, I was sometimes unsatisfied by the explanation for the privileges of adulthood that extended well beyond my own. “Because I’m a grown-up” never seemed to pass muster as an explanation for why my parents could do certain things that I couldn’t – stay up past 9 p.m., have extra ice cream, drink Continue reading Dispatch from South Carolina: “I think we could use a union here.”

A Melancholy Playlist for a Rainy Stretch of Highway

A Melancholy Playlist for a Rainy Stretch of Highway

I finished up driving from Detroit, Michigan to sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last night. It’s about a thirteen hour drive. I love a good, long drive. I get a lot of thinking done, I listen to a lot of music and knock out a few episodes of my favorite podcasts. I also, inevitably, feel Continue reading A Melancholy Playlist for a Rainy Stretch of Highway

A note from Gallipolis, OH

A note from Gallipolis, OH

I’m on my way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and stopped for the night in a little town on the border between Ohio and West Virginia called Gallipolis. I found the name intriguing, with its obvious Greek roots proclaiming this small, Ohio town the “city of the French.” It seemed to encapsulate the contradiction of Continue reading A note from Gallipolis, OH

Does the world really need another blog?

Does the world really need another blog?

Does the world really need another blog? I’m not sure if the world needs one, but I do. I turned 30 about a month ago. As I approached my 30th birthday, I took stock of my life. I asked the prototypical milestone questions people ask themselves. Am I happy where I’m at? Am I content with the Continue reading Does the world really need another blog?