I am not my parents. Mid-20th-century French philosophers wrote a lot about the mirror phase of development, or the point at which human babies begin to see themselves as separate from the world around them. (It’s been a decade since I studied all that, but I’m pretty sure Lacan was one of the authors I […] Read More..
In 40 days, I will be 40. I am doing a countdown covering brief life lessons I’ve picked up in these 40 years. Lesson 1: Humans need air, food, and water. Sometimes we are able to attain these things for ourselves, other times we need to have them provided for us. In my first year, […] Read More..
We’re in the six month of pandemic lockdown, and ever since about week six, it’s felt to me like the rest of our lives will be like this. I know that’s not true, but feelings can often overpower the intellect. We are very privileged in the sense that we have been able to continue on […] Read More..
I still recall the first time I saw this video, which helped me to see things from a different perspective. I grew up poor in a small, rural, predominantly white town in the Midwest, not really aware of how people with different life circumstances might experience the world far differently than I do. Enjoy…? Read More..
January 16, 1998, is a significant date in my personal history. That date marks a dramatic change in the trajectory of my life story. Prior to that date, I was on course for disaster. I liked to imagine that the disaster looming on the horizon would be dramatic and sensational, but in reality it was […] Read More..
On Tuesday, July 4th, my father passed away. Here is what I read at his memorial service: When I was a child, my dad was my hero. I suppose that is true for many children. We envision our fathers being strong like Superman, brave like Batman, and inspiring like… Superman and Batman. Like so many other […] Read More..
It’s been just over two years since I posted here, and quite a bit has taken place in my life since then. Around the time of that last blog post, I had recently completed my first Ironman in Cozumel, Mexico. In the year that followed, I completed a term as president of the L.A.Leggers, I […] Read More..
You can watch a video of my limping across the finish line here. I showed up to Dodger stadium nervous but determined. I didn’t know how my ankle was going to feel once I started going, but I was willing to try it out. For about 14 miles, it was good and so was I. […] Read More..
I did it! I made my 1000 miles in 2013 goal, in spite of the late-year bout of plantar fasciitis, which nearly knocked me out of the running. (groan) A few of the miles were on a treadmill, and a few were on an elliptical machine, but every mile counts in my book. Here are […] Read More..