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Looking back at 2020

12/9/2020 Anyone who has ever lived with a young cat has had an experience something like this: you’re sitting on your couch, your home peaceful and quiet, when all of a sudden, with a sound like unzipping velcro, or tearing burlap, a furry demon ricochets through the space, bouncing off …

Thoughts on charity

The subject of charity—whether it be charitable giving by normal people, by the very wealthy, by the obscenely wealthy, by religious institutions, or by business entities—is something I think about not infrequently. You can blame the timing of this essay on the winter holidays season, if you like, but it’s …

Thoughts on race and policing

I was 13 years old when I watched video of Rodney King being beaten by officers of the LAPD. I am 43 years old now and I’m watching the same things happen, over and over and over again. I didn’t understand it then and I don’t understand it now. One …

Ruminations on personal style

Of late I’ve been thinking about the elements of my personal style and where they come from. Why do I like wearing grey so much? I hated the color brown when I was a child, but now I love it and wear it all the time. We are all influenced …

No more time for an incremental approach

It’s no secret that there’s a fair amount of tension in the Democratic Party right now— tension between the more centrist old guard, and the more liberal/progressive new guard. The old guard advocates incrementalism under the banner of pragmatism and hewing to a traditional, business-friendly stance. The new guard has …

What is right

In the absence of traditional TV access I’ve learned to get news and information from other sources. I listen to NPR every day, listen to a news podcast four or five days a week, read a variety of news sources via Apple News, and have a network of friends who …