The current state of our political discourse causes me a lot of anxiety. When I hear people from two different political persuasions discuss a sensitive political topic in personal conversation (or social media or anywhere else), it most often devolves (almost immediately) into name-calling, interrupting, shouting, sarcasm, disrespect, and general rudeness and hostility. Where Has … Continue reading Why Our Political Discussions are Getting Us Nowhere and Three Things we Can Do About It
The last year has made it clear that we still have much work to do in the United States (and the world in general) to make sure that women are treated with respect and dignity--that the world is a safe place for them to live in. In the last year, we elected a president whose … Continue reading Four Things Men Can Do To Empower Women Every Day
The President recently claimed he was stopping the attack on Christian values in an address to a conservative group at the Values Voters Summit. The President’s claim is extremely odd given that throughout his entire campaign and presidency, he has promoted and acted according to values that are antithetical to the Christian vision of life. … Continue reading The President Does Not Defend Christian Values: He Misses the Most Important One
Whether you are libertarian, republican, democrat, or something entirely different, this post is for you. In addition, I am not going to tell you what politics you should hold because that is not my job. Instead, I want to invite you to consider if your politics are making you sick and if so, what you … Continue reading Are Your Politics Making You Sick?
First of all, I am not going to tell you in this post what you should believe. You probably wouldn't listen to me anyhow (and good for you), but even if you would listen to me, it is not my place to tell you what to believe. What I want to do instead is to … Continue reading Is Your Doctrine Making You Sick?
What Kind of Patriotism are You Talking About? A recent brouhaha has broken out over the NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem at football games. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began this protest when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality against people … Continue reading A Dangerous Patriotism: What Colin Kaepernick Knows
Mrs. Nagel, my fourth grade teacher, was a master of cultivating wonder in the classroom. Our class adopted a tree on our school playground. We visited this tree every other week all throughout the year, and Mrs. Nagel asked us to write about the way the tree changed through the seasons. I looked forward to … Continue reading The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion