Being Modern Day Brave

In English class, we teach many stories about brave men who return home from war as victors and heroes. In The Odyssey, we have Odysseus who’s bravery comes from his abilities to out smart and over power the gods, and overcome the obstacles, his commitment to sacrificing and saving his men so they can return […]

Teaching Kids to Think

A few weeks ago, I sat in this professional development class. The topic was student feedback, and how we as educators, can use strategies to increase student learning without also increasing teacher time. The strategies were great–things like asking your students to write a checklist before you grade, so you know what kind of feedback […]

In Defense of Love Letters

As we all know, time is something that passes us by quicker than we would like, and one of my favorite things about writing is that that writing allows us to capture a suspended moment in time. Its always enlightening, and quite entertaining, to look back through my high school journals and see a suspended […]

Capitalism & Christ

The more I think about it, the more I realize how opposite these two terms really are. Between my Bible study and church, we’ve been spending a lot of time talking about tithing and giving: “we should store extra so that we can give to those in need”, “we should be humble in our spendings […]

10 Thoughts on Surviving 26

A few weeks ago, someone asked me how old I was, and I stumbled to say, “Um, I think I’m still 26?”. I realized that, for the last month or so, I’ve been transitioning out of being 26, and into being 27 (which doesn’t actually feel as old as turning 25 did). So, upon reflection […]

The Art of Conversation

I always like to, when I’m sitting at a group gathering, waiting in line at a restaurant, or walking through the park, listen in on the conversations around me. There are the One-Up conversations: “This one time, I broke my arm”, and then the next person has to respond with a crazier, gorier story of […]

Amory Blaine & the Realm for Intimate Relationships

“They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered” -F. Scott Fitzgerald, “This Side of Paradise” Ok, so in this quote, Amory is actually talking to Monsignor about Princeton, democracy, and academics (so two guys talking to each other), but I certainly think this quote reflects the linear trajectory of stepping into intimate […]

Top 10 Posts of 2016

…originally, I was going to do a post, dedicated to my Top 10 Best Moments of 2016 (being on stage at CoCo Bongo’s in Cancun as #1), but realized I’d be the only person who’d delight in reading that. So instead, here are your Top 10 Posts of 2016: 10.The Big D (Divorce) 9. The […]

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

Dating requires some salesmanship skills. Because time is always of the essence, like a job interview, you need to sell yourself in the first five minutes to really ensure you will move into Round 2. There certainly are examples all over pop culture of the Not-Nice Guy, getting the girl–Don Draper at the top of […]

Let’s Discuss the Teacher Shortage

It is predicted that that state of Colorado will retire 5,500 teachers this year, with only approximately 2,000 teacher-school graduates, which, based on some simple math (I do it the Saxon way), 3,500 teaching positions will be left, unfilled. While there are many, many explanations as to why no one wants to go into teaching […]