Walk Around the World

Walk Around the World

The book that captured my imagination most as a teenager was Peter Jenkins' A Walk Across America. In the 1970s, disappointed with the state of the world, Jenkins set off walking with his dog Cooper from upstate New York down to New Orleans and across to the...

Privilege and Anger

I can’t stand the word privilege. I’d rather hear fingernails on a chalkboard. “That’s because privileged people don’t like others pointing out their privilege,” I’m told. That’s probably true, in a way. I have no...
Perhaps in the not-too-distant future

Perhaps in the not-too-distant future

Cindylu inspired me. For the next six weeks I’m going to experiment with blogging like it’s 1999. Each week I’ll publish two short, stream-of-consciousness blog posts that have little to do with my work. Over the past year I’ve been going back...

My Infinity Place

When I visit my infinity place I will recall a quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

What If We Valued Civil Society Enough to Pay For It?

Imagine a civil society organization that did more than publish policy briefs and organize conferences. What if this hypothetical organization of passionate, authentic employees were able to mobilize millions of people when our liberties were at risk, or when there...
Who I Am, Who You See, Who I Could Be

Who I Am, Who You See, Who I Could Be

Over the past two years, I’ve read up on all of these different personality frameworks to come to a better understanding of myself, how I differ from others, and how they are likely to perceive me. The most helpful framework is the one surrounded by the most psuedo-scientific, mystical woo-woo: the Enneagram.