In honor of it being Fat Tuesday, let’s talk about masks. To some degree, we all wear masks at times. When we need to persuade, when we need to impress and even when we lack confidence about ourselves. I used to hide behind a shiny veneer of accomplishments mainly born from timing, luck, and privilege.… Continue reading Masks and the Man in the Mirror in the Social Media Age
Being Blind 60 Feet Under the Water and Other Reasons to Love SCUBA Diving
No matter how well prepared you may be, minor panic will set in when you’re blinded 60 feet under the ocean. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in Belize when I completed the final evolution of my basic underwater SCUBA certification. Until that point, we’d done all our previous training in a private… Continue reading Being Blind 60 Feet Under the Water and Other Reasons to Love SCUBA Diving
A Love Letter to My Wife Abandoning Me to Mexico Tomorrow
Tomorrow morning, my wife leaves for a Mexico, abandoning me with our dear, sweet children for a week. Before all you divorce lawyers out there start DM’ing me, let me explain. It’s the fruition a family wedding trip postponed long ago due to Covid. It was supposed to go down in 2020, but instead it’s… Continue reading A Love Letter to My Wife Abandoning Me to Mexico Tomorrow
Are Tupac and Shakespeare from the Same School of Thought?
Keen judges of the human condition throughout history have understood a timeless superpower. The big secret of this power is that it’s no big secret at all; it’s an ability available to any of us with the courage to find it. It’s the power of knowing thyself. The ancient Greeks inscribed it at the… Continue reading Are Tupac and Shakespeare from the Same School of Thought?
That Time When a $20 Cab Ride Taught Me More than a $100,000 MBA
I bullshit you not, this actually happened to me. Several years ago, I took a taxi home one night from a black-tie event at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Feeling inspired by the elegant Rotunda and having imbibed a few cocktails, I was feeling talkative and a bit philosophical. I was just about to… Continue reading That Time When a $20 Cab Ride Taught Me More than a $100,000 MBA
How I Met My Wife in a Parking Garage and Why That’s Not as Creepy as It Sounds
It was kind of an accident that I moved to Washington, DC in the first place. After finishing undergrad at Ole Miss, I spent the better part of a year traveling before I ran out of money. I’ll spare you the details but it happened in Paris and that town sucks to be broke in.… Continue reading How I Met My Wife in a Parking Garage and Why That’s Not as Creepy as It Sounds
My 4 Year Old Learned to Use the Amazon Alexa, Is it Time to Break Out the Porn Blockers?
Today my 4 year-old learned how to use the Amazon Alexa. I’m kind of surprised it took this long. I think it had something to do with his voice being hard to decipher and the device just hasn’t picked up his requests clearly enough. Until tonight that is. When “The Wheels on the Bus” started… Continue reading My 4 Year Old Learned to Use the Amazon Alexa, Is it Time to Break Out the Porn Blockers?
In a World of Girls Gone Wild, Mardi Gras Makes Me Think of My Dad
Tonight is the first parade of the 2022 Mardi Gras season in Mobile, Alabama. While New Orleans Mardi Gras gets all the press (perhaps rightfully so), Carnival in Mobile predates that in Louisiana by about 80 years. It’s a more family friendly affair, although there are still plenty of shenanigans to be found. Growing up,… Continue reading In a World of Girls Gone Wild, Mardi Gras Makes Me Think of My Dad
Why Do Insights Seem Close When There Ain’t No Sunshine?
Do you ever feel like some key knowledge or insight is imminent, but still just out of grasp? Strange memories roll around in my head this cold night in Ohio. My wife got home fine from her work travel, relieving me of my watch. I recorded my first podcast and got into some big themes… Continue reading Why Do Insights Seem Close When There Ain’t No Sunshine?
Today’s Story: Over-Confident Dad Gets Crass Reminder From Child that He Knows Nothing
My wife has been traveling all week for work and has abandoned me with our children. I kid. Plus, she gets back tomorrow. This trip went better than the last one. Nobody got Covid. The kids weren’t home from school in quarantine protocols at a critical time in the sales month. We didn’t run out… Continue reading Today’s Story: Over-Confident Dad Gets Crass Reminder From Child that He Knows Nothing