How Embracing Vulnerability Changed My Life (And Why I am Still Working on It)

Needing to Be Right Once upon a time it was incredibly important for me to be right. About everything. I have a vivid memory of arguing with my little brother when I was about ten years old. I do not remember exactly what we were arguing about, but I do remember being furious with him. … Continue reading How Embracing Vulnerability Changed My Life (And Why I am Still Working on It)

Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Contemplating Power I have been contemplating power lately. Power. Our last election was a shake-up in power, and much of the political debate during the election focused on what does or does not make our country powerful. Power. We have also experienced many protests lately, and in these protests, it seems that power confronts and … Continue reading Interrogating Power: A Meditation on Love, Bombs, and the Resurrection

Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

This was me after the 2016 election. Also me. It got really bad in late January and February.  I started doing things like this. And this. I turned into a churning stew of anxiety, anger, fear, and melancholy. I wanted to do something. To change something. I wanted to help. To make things better. But … Continue reading Five Really Good Things the President Taught Me (In Spite of Himself)

A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook

We Need a New Outlook In my last blog post, I argued that many people in the United States suffer with personal and political loathing and that this loathing can generate further problems of shame, unhappiness, feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, personal and interpersonal violence, inequality, and increasingly levels of political hopelessness. While these problems … Continue reading A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook

Overcoming Our Political and Personal Self-Loathing: We Need a New Outlook

Political Unrest I love many things about living in the United States; I am also greatly concerned about my country. We live in a time of significant personal and political turmoil, and there are many signs that something is amiss in our nation. The United States ranks 94th on the 2016 Global Peace Index Report, … Continue reading Overcoming Our Political and Personal Self-Loathing: We Need a New Outlook

I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

This political season has been marked by a great deal of protest and resistance. The various Women’s Marches across the United States yesterday are certainly the most visible demonstration of this. While many people have praised these marches as an expression of solidarity, hope, and civic engagement, others have had quite a different response. I … Continue reading I Believe In Resistance Because I Believe in Democracy: On Trump, The Women’s March, and Civil Resistance

Meditations from the Belly of the Whale: How I am Finding Love When It is Much Easier to Hate

The story of Jonah and the Whale is a fascinating story but not for the reasons people typically think. People often think that the whale is the most surprising part of the story, but I believe it is Jonah’s anger and the path it takes him that is really fascinating. At the beginning of the … Continue reading Meditations from the Belly of the Whale: How I am Finding Love When It is Much Easier to Hate