Some of my best friends are...

How a deflecting defense just doesn't add up. Read More...

Yankee Doodle Sweetheart

Two real live nephews of our Uncle Sam, he is my Yankee Doodle joy. Read More...

Honor thy...?

"Real" is not the same as legal, biological, or orthodox. Read More...

United we muddle

Unity is rarer than we like to admit. Read More...

Two worlds

Bridging a cultural divide requires first that we see the gap, and second that we understand its origin. Read More...

How do you define irrational?

Emotions aren't always proportional. Even when dictionaries are involved. Read More...

What's it worth?

Assessing the value, counting the cost. Read More...

Grasping reality

Imagination isn't about rejecting reality; quite the opposite. Read More...

The voodoo that you do

Just because it works, doesn't mean it makes sense. Read More...

Didn't need to know…

Gleaning writing lessons from a stranger's poor behavior. Read More...

I know nothing! Nothing!

Ignorance is neither brave nor patriotic. Read More...

The writer's job

It's not the words, it's the ideas. Read More...

Jostling

One misstep leads to a tiny enlightenment. Read More...

Ambi-sinister

Which is right and which is left? Read More...

Woe

My evolving understanding of Mardi Gras and Lent. Read More...

Pendulum? Guillotine?

Data without context is not information. Read More...

The paradox of…

Take a chance, or never try? Read More...

Crazy (take two)

It doesn’t seem insane from some points of view. Read More...

Over the…

Another birthday, another essay on aging. Read More...

Obsolete

The engine may be sound, but is it the right vehicle for the job? Read More...

Near & Far

Bringing things into focus. Read More...

Thin skinned?

Being a barefoot philosopher. Read More...

It's not easy being…

Sometimes any progress is better than none. Read More...

The nature of rights

We use the word to mean many different things. Read More...

Absolutely!

Be sure of your facts. Read More...

Framing

When all you look for is... Read More...

Deserved?

Not everything is payback. Read More...

Tragedy of errors

It’s always just one more thing. Read More...

Taking the plunge

Sometimes you just need to leap. Read More...

Fishin'

Some people are always fishing for something. Read More...

Trainwrecks

Sometimes we can’t look away. Read More...

How do you spell success?

Judge not... Read More...

Naming rights

Who’s identity is it, anyway? Read More...

Less self, more…

Nobody’s doormat. Read More...

Entitled

There’s no such thing as free. Read More...

Virtuous circle

The opposite of a vicious circle. Read More...

In perspective

So many connections... Read More...

If it ain't broke…

...and if it isn’t yours... Read More...

On the other hand, and the other…

Trying to find a win in a lose-lose situation. Read More...

Winner

The key to winning. Read More...

Grace

Wearing one’s faith on one’s sleeve. Read More...

Being and appearing

Do appearances deceive or create? Read More...

Weasel Words

The dangers of being overly specific. Read More...

…by the rules

Who said it was a contest? Read More...

Finding Normal

Under the right conditions, we accept the most outlandish things. Read More...

The ties that…

Reflections on trust and distrust. Read More...

Raging monkey

The sources of rage. Read More...

When I see it

What is art? Read More...

Dilation

Gravity, time, and not being a morning person. Read More...

Lightbulbs

What will become obsolete next? Read More...

With blinders

What we want is what we see. Read More...

Mr. Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm isn’t the same as passion. Read More...

On the road of life

Some things you must take for yourself. Read More...

What matters

Picking your battles. Read More...

Tradition, tradition!

What is a traditional observance, anyway? Read More...

A million ways

If you want to be happy... Read More...

Averages

When “above average” doesn’t mean what you think. Read More...

I am still breathin'

Midlife what? Read More...

The widow's mite

A lesson in value and perception. Read More...

Willing to risk

What’s it worth, and who’s paying? Read More...

The pursuit of…

Unhappiness, happiness, and other things. Read More...

Habitual (re)action

Ruts come in many forms. Read More...

…at myself

You can’t laugh if you’re taking some things too seriously. Read More...

Dis this, dis that

We don’t have to dislike the same things/people to be friends. Read More...

Simple words

Reacting to gratitude and other things. Read More...

Not a bad person…

Damning with faint praise. Read More...

It's all about context

If we don’t know the context of someone’s life, can we understand them? Read More...

Self-made

How hate becomes obsession. Read More...

Signals

Misreading appearances. Read More...

Present company excepted

The pros and cons of generalization. Read More...

Cue violins

Happy endings aren’t a sign of shallowness. Read More...

To the bitter end

Real friends, and how you know them. Read More...

I used to care, but...

When someone plays the guilt card. Read More...

Defining shapes

Re-defining a problem’s framework can make any answer, no matter how ridiculous, appear correct. Read More...

To live in a neighborhood

Thoughts on the life of Fred McFeely Rogers. Read More...

Being the Other

Another look at the notion of “outside looking in.” Read More...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

A comment on making ill-informed opinions leads to a surprising place. Read More...

That's one way to look at it

Glasses half full or empty not just a cliche. Read More...

Everything before us

Sometimes there’s no one to blame but ourselves. Read More...

Out of line

In which i recall some horrors of being the new kid in school. Read More...

Just a matter of taste

A food I dislike give perspective on others’ preferences. Read More...

Magic words

The form and substance of empathy. Read More...

Sufficiencies

Necessity and sufficiency are not the same. Read More...

Hang together or...

An epiphany about leadership. Read More...

The Secret of Success

I reveal the secret. Really, I do. Read More...

Playing Well

Listening to a tirade gives insight. Read More...

Perspectives

Some people fight so hard, they actually help the other side. Read More...

How the Heavens Ring

This history of one carol, among other things. Read More...

A big eastern syndicate

The true source of many holiday traditions. Read More...

Don't look for the silver lining

Trying to explain the importance of space exploration illuminates another bit of human nature. Read More...

Escaping the bully

When you see the bully in yourself... Read More...

Guzzle, guzzle, munch, munch

Holiday dinner traditions mean more than you think, take two. Read More...

What's for dinner?

Holiday dinners mean more than you think, take one. Read More...

Some day my prince will come

Reflections of love, loss, and new love. Read More...

The Tragedy of Descarte

It’s never as simple as some people pretend it is. Read More...

Calendar Connections

Reflections on the origins of our calendar, and several associated myths. Read More...

Sticks and Stones

An incident on the bus makes me think of how humans deal with frustration. Read More...

Begging the Question

A misunderstood phrase. Read More...