Thirties Questions: Just a Few

(From my old website: relevant now as I am reposting on my 33rd birthday) Have you ever heard someone profess that their thirties was the best decade of their lives? I know I haven’t.  People regularly tell stories about their childhood, high school and college years, and then something strange happens - people all of sudden turn… Continue reading Thirties Questions: Just a Few

Does Inequality Kill? Part One

(This was posted in my old blog and I finally tracked it down. The issue of inequality hasn't gone away, so I will be posting all three parts of this piece on this website as well.) This will be a three part blog exploring a claim made in the Pope’s most recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.  In chapter… Continue reading Does Inequality Kill? Part One

Adventure Sandals? My Path to “Barefoot” Running

At this point there is nothing new about the whole minimalist running phenomenon. Books like Born to Run have sold well, there was a special on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the Vibram Five Fingers had their day in the sun, and the most popular shoe brands have their own versions of “barefoot” running shoes.… Continue reading Adventure Sandals? My Path to “Barefoot” Running

 A Personal Look at Inequality and Higher Education

When I first started to write this post, I intended to approach it academically by defining wealth and income and highlighting the differences between the two. Then, I was going to provide data on the increasing cost of college and a declining median income. Ultimately, the point would have been that increasing college costs are… Continue reading  A Personal Look at Inequality and Higher Education

5 Tips to Caring About Politics

Let’s be honest. There are just too many issues out there to be passionate about all of them. The political news coverage can be outright overwhelming, causing us to want to retract from it all; making it seem like we don’t give a shit about any of today’s pertinent political issues. The finger pointing and… Continue reading 5 Tips to Caring About Politics

Resolutions: Are They Worth It?

(Originally Posted on Thirties Questions in January'15) It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions are being scratched on napkins and notepads everywhere. Regular gym goers are about to get really pissed as the resolution makers start flocking into fitness centers. People are smoking as many cigarettes as they can, because come January 1… Continue reading Resolutions: Are They Worth It?

Yoga: A Practice For Life

When I was in my twenties I remember people, mostly men, saying things like “wait until you turn thirty,” usually referring to a change in the severity of one’s hangovers, injuries, or gaining weight. “Things start changing when you turn thirty,” they would say. And now that I am thirty-two I can say that they… Continue reading Yoga: A Practice For Life

Writing Realizations From a Rookie

Snow was falling steadily, accumulating quickly. Two icicles replaced the windshield wipers. They oscillated but did little more than make noise. The trip to the used bookstore was unsuccessful. Given the weather, I guess I should have called first. No matter. On the drive back, we noticed the Baldwin’s Book Barn was open. I had… Continue reading Writing Realizations From a Rookie