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November 30, 2023

Eight Paragraphs about Grand Jury Duty

I’ve been on grand jury duty for the past 13 months, with five more months to go. It’s boring, exhausting, and challenging — often, all at the same time.

October 31, 2023

Crisis as Building Blocks

Crisis is a natural and ordinary part of growing, despite our hope as parents that we can keep all crisis away from our kids.

September 30, 2023


A little bit about poptimism, and about finding good news when we’re already pretty tired.

August 31, 2023

I Organized My Records

I reorganized my record collection, which means I spent somewhere between four hours (active) and two weeks (planning) bouncing back and forth between whether genres are valid categories or if they’re just rough approximations of context and feelings.

July 31, 2023

The Frequency

Not every creative endeavor hits. But, thanks to the perils of grind culture and our own (sometimes) self-loathing, we often find ourselves feeling like we’re falling fast behind.

June 30, 2023

The Canon Silhouette

We rode under the Tetons this week and watched the silhouette change with every few yards. Naturally, this reminded me of Tori Amos and the archetypes our fandoms take on.

May 31, 2023

The Systems Within Us

A quick look at the physics engine behind the new The Legend of Zelda game — and how difficult it is to perfect our own emotional systems.

April 28, 2023

It’s the Anticipation that Kills You

I’m giving a talk next week and I’m endlessly nervous. So here are some thoughts on anxiety and relief during the presentation process.

March 31, 2023

The Things I Don’t Remember

It’s a common podcast question: “When was the first time you … “ and then on and on. But, for the life of me, I can’t remember details like that — and I often wonder if that matters or not.

February 28, 2023

Seeing the Past (Through Two New Lenses)

In which the author wrings his hands over being old, when in fact he’s not old at all, really. Also, in which the author writes about how the passage of time shows its head in chunks and touchpoints, rather than in a straight line.