8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back

People complain about how stupid the stuff on Facebook is, but my feeling is that if you have smart friends, you will have decent content. So do what I do and try to have friends who are smarter than you. They post things like this, which really helps illuminate a...

How I Finally Quit Smoking

Stopping Smoking Is Not A Sacrifice, But A Liberation This Monday marks 365 days since I gave up smoking for good. It sounds ridiculous now for me to say that it took me that long, but it did. I glamorized smoking for much of my life. Writers smoke, right? I’m...

Nice One. Check It Out!

When I was quite young, I became aware that certain kinds of voices had a special effect on me. It usually happened when someone was explaining something, or engaging in a detailed technical discussion about something. The subject didn’t matter. The feeling that...

On The Safety Of Children

I had a great conversation via Skype today with a class of eighth graders in Chicago, Ill. These kids were the students of Gregory Michie, who is a dedicated teacher and also an outspoken critic of our current educational system, which is in shambles...