Essays

I’m fortunate enough to write a monthly column for 3quarksdaily. If you’re not familiar with them, go here and learn┬ámore. Or check out the site for yourself. They do good work. I’m honored to be a part of it. PS – The bottom row is also 3qd originals. But due to user error (read: me) the permalinks are broken.
Based on things I’ve learned from Mihaly Csikszentmilay’s book Flow. This was actually the writing sample I submitted in order to be selected as a columnist. It’s practical advice for increasing your happiness.
Joshua Foer wrote a book called Moonwalking With Einstein. It’s about how he became a national memory champion. In it he lays out the methods and training he underwent. I distilled his lessons down further and applied them to something we can all relate to. Remembering names and faces.
Ever thought about the similarities between mixing a good margarita and having a healthy time-perspective? No? That’s OK. You don’t have to. Because I did. And I wrote a column about it. Based on Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s The Time Paradox.
A bit of a departure from my normal tone/style. It’s inspired by the 4th of July and a speech Fredrick Douglas gave on July 5, 1852. You can read his speech here. It’s eloquent, smart, disturbing, and great.
Alan Watt’s The Book is one of the most influential books I’ve read. It was only a matter of time before I worked some of his principles into one of my columns. It’s about the nature of opposites and features an easy-to-do experiment.
A column about love. It was inspired by the incredible Alain de Botton, Jonathon Haidt, and my own life experience. It’s all about romantic versus companionate love and some of our more toxic cultural narratives.
I’m a bit of a nonconformist. Especially when it comes to lifestyle and choices. This makes measuring success tricky. All the benchmarks society provides don’t really apply. So I made up my own metrics.
Expectations are a bitch. If you’d like to know why and what you can do to get better at dealing with them – then read on, friend! Learn all about Oreos of Insight, Nightmare Lists, and Joy Indexes.
There are three ideas I wish I could implant into everyone’s heads and hearts. One inspires wonder. One addresses drive. The last one is about levity. Check it out. It might make your 2017 better…
Let’s face it – change is hard. Most of us have tried to do it. Most of us have failed. The reason? Mind closets. “What’s a mind closet?” you ask. Well, guess you’ll have to read and find out.
It’s Presidents Day 2017! What better way to celebrate than learning about the 11th president? If Polk isn’t your polka (couldn’t resist) then check it out for the ideas on civil disobedience and wisdom from Kings.
Guess what – you have a superpower. Your superpower is storytelling. How you use it matters. You can be a hero. You can be a villain. The choice is yours. But remember what Uncle Ben (and Voltaire) say, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Building off of the previous column, this one features more practical information about using your superpower. It also delves into science and Einstein’s proficiency with luggage. There’s an audio format for your listening pleasure.
It’s only five letters long, but the most dangerous word has a lot going on. It weighs us down, it’s full of false promises, and has a tendency to do more harm than good. Any guesses? No? Well then you’ve got to read (or listen) to find out.
Doubt is a drizzle. Courage is wet socks. Confidence is a hot shower. Intrigued? Good. Take a more in-depth look at what confidence is and isn’t, how we get it, and why we’ve been wrong. (Free audio version – here.)
Often times we think there’s nothing we can do. The system is too big. We are too small. Based on Prof. Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny, here’s a list of things you can do today to fight the good fight. Plus, you get to learn to recognize the politics of eternity and inevitability and why they’re so dangerous…
This column goes into the psychological concepts of triggers, traumas, and implicit memory using examples from my own life and experience. Mental health is important and affects us all. Learn more. Live better.
You’ve been alive for awhile, right? Then it should be pretty easy for you to tell me your five favorite things. Wait. What? You’ve never thought about it. Hmmm…perhaps it’s about time you did.
Who doesn’t love getting down on the ground and playing with the little fluffballs? They’re so cute. With their wet noses and tiny barks… Unfortunately, that’s the problem. This month’s column is all about a serious threat, the terrible marketing/branding of it, and mother!.
Puerto Rico. Hurricanes. Rotterdam. Nazi bombs. As awful as the pain and terror of destruction is – there’s some light to be found. Rare is the opportunity to rebuild from scratch and take advantage of modern advances.