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Into the Unknown

A letter to my daughter about the future as we celebrate the start of a new year and new decade.

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When It’s Time to Come Home

It’s not you California, it’s me. Homecoming awaits.

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An Underestimated Transition

Many people overestimate the impact of change on their lives. Me? I do the opposite. This time, I paid for it. Photo by kyler trautner on Unsplash Not-so-secretly, there’s a part of me that always wants to be moving. I like travel. I like the discomfort. I like living in new places. The other part of me […]

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How You Can Help Refugees Today

What we’ve heard recently about people fleeing war-torn countries is demonstrably horrible. Just as what happened a little over a year ago, too many people simply don’t understand or don’t care about the terrible conditions these people are fleeing — and how many countries with resources much smaller than our own are doing much more to help. […]

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You’ll Be Okay. We’ll Be Okay.

Dear Elida, This last Tuesday was the first presidential election of your lifetime. It was the ninth of mine. The first election I could remember was in first grade. We had a discussion as to why we were going to vote one way or another. I supported Vice President George H.W. Bush and I told […]

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When Being One of the Best isn’t Good Enough

The corruption of the Olympics is pretty staggering but it’s not the most interesting story from the games. The real question remains: Why do elite athletes do this to themselves? I’m not trying to be glib here, either. Getting into the top percentile of anything — especially sports — is difficult, but not impossible, for almost anybody. You can […]

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Getting the Highest Marginal Value for Your Vote

You should vote for Gary Johnson. Maybe. Let’s be clear: If you’re excited about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (or any other eligible candidate), you don’t need this post. Regardless of the relative value of your vote, having a candidate you’re excited about is a gift. You don’t need strategic voting. For everyone else (and […]

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No More New Ideas

Being a bad blogger isn’t the worst thing you could be. But today, I stand before you and tell you that’s exactly what I am: A bad blogger. I wrote multiple posts a day for years. I write at least that much most days for clients. Putting my own words to my name is a […]

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Kids These Days

I gotta admit, I was a little spellbound when I first read Talia Jane’s open letter to the CEO of Yelp, the company she worked for then (she was fired shortly after posting her story). I felt some cringe on her behalf as I made my way through the piece. Just looking back at the […]

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How To Change A Person’s Mind

I’ve been thinking about my Facebook news feed lately. Like many of you, I have friends of various political and religious persuasions who make it their life’s work to make you aware of their views on issues. Some of it is spice of life stuff. Something you might have found interesting, interspersed between pictures of […]