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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 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

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