Right and Wrong

Something about right & wrong has been core to my ethical understanding of the world, and which I have never been able to easily encapsulate. I usually try to connect it to a rebuke of “the ends justify the means 


I had no idea this innocuous building was a jail

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Wednesday I joined about fifty other people to stand in solidarity with an immigrant who faced deportation during a routine ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) check in 


TRAPPIST-1 and 90s sci-fi RPGs

A team of astronomers have observed, over the last 18months, a system of seven Earthlike planets orbiting the tiny red dwarf TRAPPIST-1. All of them could potentially harbor life; three of them are within the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” where 


The independent judiciary; guanxi; that new church smell

While calling the office of a local elected official this morning, I walked through their lengthy phone tree full of boring legal administrivia (“for notary registry and corporate reporting paperwork press 1”). The experience reminded me how an independent judiciary 


Donald Trump made me a better person

I started a spreadsheet last week where I track the things I do every day to keep myself healthy and sane. More accurately: to cultivate good habits and pinch off bad ones. Other people call this sort of thing “self-care 


Despair and Hope

…even at that moment all the hosts of Mordor trembled, doubt clutched their hearts, their laughter failed, their hands shook and their limbs were loosed. The Power that drove them on and filled them with hate and fury was wavering 


The Dad of America

Sometime in October, while we were riding to school, Iris, Orion and I got to talking about Vice Presidents. What do they do? What is their job? Who is Tim Kaine? Who is Mike Pence? I said, I didn’t 


Longer tweetstorm

Before 11/8/2016, Twitter was the place I went to escape daily life. Never for long stretches, but in small doses several times an hour, all day long, and late into the night. Because like all modern beings I