A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal

AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE FOR THE "INFORMATION AGE" UNITED STATES "The U.S. economy's largest and fastest growing sectors—business services, finance, healthcare and education—have little room for high school educated workers," notes a 2015 report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. "Access to education is pretty much the arbiter of…
The Wandering Mind Reflects: The Opioid Epidemic, Menopause, and Claire Dederer

The Wandering Mind Reflects: The Opioid Epidemic, Menopause, and Claire Dederer

Two weeks ago, in a burst of curiosity, I performed some fifteen hours of research on the current opioid epidemic that rages across the United States. Some 63,000 Americans died from overdosing on opioids in 2017, and every pundit seems to add that this means "more Americans died in 2017…
What Might I Have Done Wrong?

What Might I Have Done Wrong?

The other day I caught my youngest daughter reading in her loft bed at night in the dark at 11:00 p.m. I was more than a bit angry, as I saw her bloodshot eyes peering out at me from her bed; she would be comatose the next morning, short of…
Breaking Up With Social Media

Breaking Up With Social Media

Back in the early days of the Internet it was not uncommon to have a “personal webpage.” It was in this environment that I started my own. More than twenty years later the topography of the Internet has changed. Fewer persons use “computers” (desktop or laptop) to access online, and…
Where To Go Next?

Where To Go Next?

I think I have attended only a handful of meetings in my life that were worth the time. I'm not talking about the informal meetings with a co-worker on almost a daily basis about the nuts and bolts of the job -- I am talking about formal meetings with the…
The Streets are Empty of Playing Children

The Streets are Empty of Playing Children

I drive around the streets where I live at 3:30 in the afternoon and I am surprised at what I don’t see: kids running around playing. The streets seem devoid of children playing. I do see clumps of middle and high school students getting off yellow school buses and walking…

Take the Best, Leave the Rest

I would say a few words, gentle reader, about two recent passions in my life: guns and yoga. Maybe it is just that I am a Gemini, that I would have hobbies so seemingly dissimilar (even antithetical). Yoga and guns? Are you crazy? Maybe. I enjoy them both. But I…
New Years Resolutions 2018 Edition

New Years Resolutions 2018 Edition

For the better part of two decades I have been chronicling my New Years Resolutions, for better or for worse. New Years Resolutions This year is no different. Gentle and esteemed reader, I present to you my resolutions for 2018. Wish me luck! P.S. Although Elizabeth did buy that huge…
A Letter To Colin

A Letter To Colin

RIDING AWAY FROM THE CHURCH: Colin and Katherine are off and biking towards future adventures in their marriage! November 30, 2017 Dear Colin, I enjoyed your wedding last weekend; thank you for inviting me. I remember getting married on June 21st, 2003 -- how stressful it was to be the…
Twenty One Years and Counting

Twenty One Years and Counting

"Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men." Quintus Ennius 21 years, mom. 21 years ago you died. At first, of course, it hurt worse since the wound was fresh. But…
Sex and Power and Coupling: Then and Now in America

Sex and Power and Coupling: Then and Now in America

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln It is said that “rich and powerful men are a powerful aphrodisiac for women” – I remember hearing this line during the late 1990s with the Bill Clinton “bimbo eruptions”…
My Nightmare: Indecision and Incertitude

My Nightmare: Indecision and Incertitude

“The dream of reason produces monsters” Francisco Goya I have always resisted interpreting my dreams, or seeking to tie large meanings to one’s life from the subterranean miasma from which dreams arise, half remembered  upon waking. I know Jungians and the like place huge importance on dreams, and in endlessly…
To Keep One’s Sanity in the Age of Trump

To Keep One’s Sanity in the Age of Trump

President Donald Trump, Enfant Terrible February 23, 2017 Donald Trump has been president for a handful of weeks, and it has already been frustrating, excruciating, exhausting, and enraging. The purpose of this essay is to examine why I am so angry, how I can control that anger so it does…
Hello, 2017

Hello, 2017

As is the tradition, I post my New Year's Resolutions for this coming year, 2017. But unlike in past years, I find I don't have much to say. Am I in a "dry period" with regards to personal growth? Or are things going well and I don't feel the need to…
Exhausted Parents and the “Hard Yards”

Exhausted Parents and the “Hard Yards”

Cross country on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. on campus before school. Swim team practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, followed by soccer practice from 5:30 to 6:30 on those days. Then there is tennis team practice on Fridays at 4:00…