The Clean Slate

The Clean Slate

There is an allure to the clean slate, to starting over and re-inventing oneself. Forming new habits and routines that nudge us to become a more idealized version of ourself. I have been in Seattle for a week now, and this is the question I am asking myself: Who am I...
The Machine and the Rage

The Machine and the Rage

This sounds idiotic, but I was really hoping to leave the Middle East without new friends, and without a desire to learn more about yet another region/culture/language. ‘Make new friends, and keep the old’ sounds great, but it has its limits and I reached...

The Missing Key

I wrote this a few weeks ago while riding the subway from Madrid’s airport to Paseo de Prado. Apparently someone was listening and developed the helpful Web 2.0 Suicide Machine. “Meet your Real Neighbors again!” is a great tagline, destined to become...

Inventing Identity

When we speak about our identity I believe that we are referring to four different things: 1.) how we see ourselves as we relate to society around us, 2.) how we want others to see us, 3.) how others see us as we relate to society, and 4.) how we perceive...
The End of Anonymity?

The End of Anonymity?

Internet use becomes pathological when it is dissociated from in-person life. It becomes healthy when it is integrated with in-person living. John Suler in The Psychology of Cyberspace When I first started this blog in December of ’03, I didn’t want to use...
Roots and Poetry

Roots and Poetry

Question: Why is ancestral country and culture so important to some Americans and not others? And why do some ethnicities identify with the home country and culture of their parents or grandparents or great-grandparents more than others? It seems to me that...