What makes something good?

Recently, I read my way very slowly, carefully, and thoughtfully through R. Jay Wallace's (excellent) The View From Here: On Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of Regret. I credit my "slowly" in part to my overall commitment to reading for content, not number of books read (though I tend to honor that commitment with varying…

In-between thoughts: wtf

I don't have a lot of coherent, non-ragey, non-heartbroken thoughts right now, especially while grunting and sweating through a progressive overload leg workout, because of THINGS. So here is some ramble. How are we supposed to keep going with normal life? There is a pandemic. Fully one of two of our political parties are fine…

My goal for 2021: Rest

After an incredibly stressful 2020 (for non-COVID reasons, believe it or not!), anticipating an even more stressful semester for Spring 2021, after weeks of poor sleep (I cannot seem to get into Deep Sleep for the life of me), and after the incredibly insane, violent, and horrifying traitorous mob storming the Capitol last week, I…

The real American Experiment

Watching the events of Wednesday, January 6 unfold will forever be one of the defining "shocked" memories of my life as an American citizen. It joins the ranks of 9/11, waking up to the results of the 2016 presidential election, and learning about our country's practice of putting immigrant children in cages and separating them…

The isolation of honesty

I've been thinking about honesty a lot lately. Our country is undergoing a crisis of honesty, where we can't rely on some of our institutions and media to tell us the truth, and thus can't rely on others to have the truth to give us. Being "honest" these days can be fraught, difficult, uncertain, confusing.…