Why we don’t eat our young…

I’m reminded again why humans don’t eat their young: my 6 year old daughter makes her dad breakfast in bed…and it’s not even Father’s Day

Existential Elf

My daughter’s elf, Jingles, seems to be questioning the meaning of life. I suppose that makes sense for a guy who spends his days sitting on a shelf spying on little children and his nights taking a ‘red eye’ so he can report to his boss who gets all the credit. #elfonshelf

On Trump’s Proposal to Ban Muslims

Donald Trump – and his supporters – should be careful when proposing that we target a group for persecution.  Who knows, morons could be next. #dumptrump

Remembering the Losses of 9/11

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 when 2,977  Americans lost their lives.  As we pause to remember the tragic events of that day, and the senseless loss of life associated  with it, now may be a good time to reflect on some of the losses suffered since then […]

A Punch to the Gut

$100 Million for two boxers to pummel each other for our amusement.  Somehow the same system cannot find the money to provide fresh fruit to needy kids before school, or funds to hire more teachers to teach them, or a living wage for the janitors who clean up after them at the end of the […]

Scientist Sees Need for Critical Thinkers

“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” ― Edward O. Wilson

Drinking the Kool-Aid

On a recent trip to the grocery store my daughter spotted a colorful Kool-Aid display, strategically placed at the eye level of a five-year old.  I generally resist her demands to buy  everything she sees at the store but the product placement professionals are much better at this game than I am. In any case, […]

The Secret to Happiness…and Good Grades

  Awhile back I was listening to the Ted Radio Hour.  The guest was a Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, an expert on happiness.  He wrote a widely-read book, Stumbling On Happiness, and was describing a common experience he has after people find out about his research.  They want him to tell them the secret to […]

What is the Purpose of a College Education?

Here is a statement lifted from the Harvard University website which beautifully captures the larger goal of a college education — and not just for those lucky enough to go to Harvard. It has since been removed from the site but it remains a forceful and articulate defense of the liberal arts and a vision […]

Child’s Play

I’m at children’s museum with my daughter and her friend. Millions of kids running around and parents mostly being bored. Sometimes we talk. Inevitably they ask “which one’s yours?” I respond “oh, I don’t have kids I just like to come here to watch the children.” I’ve learned two things from this practice: