Fear is a Beacon

Moments before takeoff, the captain came on the loudspeaker to tell us to expect a “really rough ride.” Well, that sounds just lovely, I thought as I re-tightened my laughably inadequate 1970s station wagon clip seatbelt. He said it in that captain voice they have too; that too-cool-for-school drawl that doesn’t change whether they’re announcing... Continue Reading →

Bring Wine, Send Food and Breathe Deep

My children, these are the rules for a well lived life. First, the greatest from which all other rules flow: Bring wine. When someone invites you to their home for a dinner, a night, a weekend, you bring wine and the amount of wine should be commensurate with the amount of hospitality you’re receiving. Of... Continue Reading →

Wax Emphatic (Titular)

On the Harry Potter fan scale from 1-10 where 1 means you assume Hogwarts is a terrible dermatological disease and 10 is dressing up like a different house elf for each of the movie premieres, I weigh in at a solid 8. For example, my wife and I went to Harry Potter World* without the... Continue Reading →

Comfort is Not the Goal

I take cold showers. I’ve found that the perfect temperature is that point where it is painful for a good 30 seconds after which the pain fades to an awareness of cold that is just this side of bearable. It is one of the many absurd things I do in order to hack minimal gains... Continue Reading →

Last Damn Bridge

This is a story about being convinced to do something ludicrous and surviving to tell the tale. A few months ago, a friend told me that he had decided to run the NYC marathon and that I should sign up to run it too. I gave my knee jerk response whenever a crazy person asks... Continue Reading →

What the Hell Are We Doing?

So how was your 2016? Yeah, mine too. 2016 felt like I was pushing a cart up a hill and every time I paused to track my progress, I saw I had been going backwards despite my exertion. I was skimming the surface of life, always mentally focused on where I had to be next... Continue Reading →

Becoming a Citizen Gladiator

What does it mean to be a citizen? The complexity of this question reveals itself as you peel away layers of accepted truths. At its most basic level, citizenship is a kind of contract. There are rights you are afforded (or should be) and in return, you recognize certain duties.

Outdoor Showers and Life Harmonies

  Sometimes the melodies in our soul harmonize with fate’s soundtrack and life abruptly makes perfect sense, if only for a moment. The feeling often wisps away faster than smoke through our fingers but if you pay attention, it leaves you changed. Like Narnia, the nature of this experience does not lend itself to being... Continue Reading →

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