Parents truck in madness like some people truck in dry goods. One day you will ask your daughter to put on her bunny shoes. She will kick and scream with an intensity that is completely out of proportion with something like bunny shoes. She hates her bunny shoes. She wants to wear her pink Crocs … Continue reading Answering Life
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 Bring Wine, Send Food and Breathe Deep
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 Wax Emphatic (Titular)
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 Comfort is Not the Goal
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 Last Damn Bridge
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.
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 Outdoor Showers and Life Harmonies