The Wolves Within

It’s less than an hour to midnight. My wife and I just got home from an evening out with friends. It was more or less like normal, at least what normal used to mean. The sunset splashed brilliant colors across the horizon tonight as we ate, drank and made merry with friends, content in parenthood… Continue reading The Wolves Within

Henry David Thoreau is our Daddy.

Al Pacino’s character Coach Tony D’Amato gives a speech in the movie “Any Given Sunday” about how life, just like football, is a game of inches. He goes on about how slim the margins are between victory and defeat, about how games, lives and even destinies are won and lost by mere fractions of inches.… Continue reading Henry David Thoreau is our Daddy.

Pessimism is so retro, but not in the good way.

Guess whether this quote is from 1775 or last year in 2020. Five years have seldom passed away in which some book has not been published pretending to demonstrate that the wealth of the nation was fast declining … manufacturing decaying, and trade undone. Adam Smith wrote that in the Wealth of Nations in, you… Continue reading Pessimism is so retro, but not in the good way.

Caveat Emptor

Is going to an 11/10 too much for optimism? It could be. Allow me take off these rose-colored glasses for a moment. For nearly a week, I have been super gung-ho about optimism. It’s been exhausting. Let’s step back and read the terms and conditions. A decidedly unoptimistic thing to do if you ask me.… Continue reading Caveat Emptor


Tying this all together, let’s go over to the experts… The week of my wedding I went to see the Dalai Lama speak in College Park, Maryland. I wish I could report, in bulletized format, the wisdom that His Holiness imparted. But it was his smile and that little laugh that sticks with me to… Continue reading Ethos


Is there one ring to rule them all? Perhaps. We are always on the lookout for the ONE thing. Well, here it is: Optimistic people live longer and happier. That’s it. That’s the tweet. But that got me thinking. Why is optimism such a powerful force? Consider these: • Positive people straight up live longer.… Continue reading Logos


How do we define important concepts in our lives? Definitions are important. They give us a shared understanding, a depth of cognizance that transcends mere words. Abraham Lincoln once said “People are about as happy as they decide to be.” Is this true? If you did 100 pushups, would you say it made you tired?… Continue reading Pathos

Don’t Fight the Intro

For years I found every reason to not get started. I fought the intro. Don’t wait to get started on things. Start today. Don’t fight the intro. 350 days ago, I was blessed to finally be disgusted with myself enough to change, precisely as the world was coming apart at the seams. I was overweight,… Continue reading Don’t Fight the Intro


In order to get started, I joined a writing workshop called Ship30for30 by Dickie Bush and Nicolas Cole. I’ll be writing and publishing 30 essays in 30 days, and then linking them here to begin building some content. Follow along on Twitter @dannyreeves1.

Hello Internet.

Welcome to, I’ll be your host. The world is crazy right now. We can do something about it. We can be less crazy. Abraham Lincoln once said “people are about as happy as they decide to be.” Is this true? If you did 100 pushups, would you say it made you tired? Or would… Continue reading Hello Internet.