I’m feeling anxious today. Sometimes anxiety is internal; I feel it bubble up from inside and it vibrates me, starting in my chest, with a physical quality. Sometimes it’s external, and I can pin it to something happening in my life. Sometimes I just don’t know. It might feel existential, or rooted in the world... Continue Reading →
Max and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I don’t know a ton of people our age who have been married this long. We were not super young when we decided to do it— I was 26 on the day-of— and we’ve been together since college. We weren’t fully established as “adults” with our... Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to learn and how to be a good student. I teach students in a formal setting, when they’re enrolled in a university seeking a degree. These students are learning skills and knowledge with a direct purpose and application: to enter a profession. I also teach... Continue Reading →
Here’s the kicker: we will all cause harm in our lifetimes. But it’s possible to make choices to reduce harm, and to actively seek understanding of the impact we have.
You can’t please everyone. You will offend people. People will disagree with you. People will criticize you. This is true whether you care about it or not. There, isn’t that freeing? Burn bright. Who cares?? Photo by Markus Spiske Jeff Bezos is widely credited with saying “if you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or... Continue Reading →
I move to abolish the status quo! Is this radical? Yes. So what? The co-op I lived in in college did this once, and it was messy. All the rules about everything-- who cooked, how food was ordered, what the jobs were, whether meat was allowed-- were struck. Everything that could be argued about was... Continue Reading →