I love the holidays. I love the sight of a newly decorated Christmas tree, its branches bearing the history of holidays past, I love the smells of molasses and ginger cookies which I bake only at this time of the year, and I love the music which, in our house, I'm not allowed to play … Continue reading The Gift of the Year*
Lady Gaga's crowd at Stad du France, 2012 I suck at math. Ask anyone who’s known me for more than a few days and they’ll universally agree, that I just don’t do numbers. Which is why it’s nearly impossible for me to wrap my head around anything like algebra, compound interest, angstroms and estimating crowd size. What … Continue reading What’s in a Number?
Remember those 80's brain on drugs ads? Can it be fixed? I have a lot of beefs against Facebook these days. The privacy violations, breaking democracy, and the mounting evidence that Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t give a shit about anything but making as much money as possible. But a concern that hits closer to home is … Continue reading Facebook Broke My Brain
A number of years ago, I went to my friend Kris' piano recital. I had known her for years, but till then, had never seen play. We were the kind of friends who went on trips, celebrated Thanksgiving and had each other on speed dial. After I saw her perform I said to her, “it … Continue reading What’s in my room?
TLDR: Humans and animals on this planet are doomed if we don’t understand the impact of Dark Money on our political systems. The 80’s are back, or maybe they never went away, at least in regards to greed. Gordon Gekko may have said “greed is good” in the movie Wall Street, but were we supposed … Continue reading Have We Reached Peak Greed? A Review of Dark Money, by Jane Mayer
Lately I've been feeling something missing from my life. It's an element of fun, mixed with mastery; a possible money pit that could become a side gig. What I need is a hobby. Usually this is what you say to someone who's being destructive and would benefit from a little re-direction (hey Jared why don't … Continue reading Riding that Horse
As someone who identifies with being creative, the book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant, seemed super relevant. In some dusty crevice of my brain, I knew I had read it before (it’s on my kindle), but I remembered almost nothing. I think that there’s a lot to be said about reading … Continue reading Originally Novel*
I didn’t really plan on it, but ended up reading two books that were bookends to the historic 2016 presidential election. They were Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur and Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling by Amy Chozick.* No matter … Continue reading Chasing the Unbelievable
The longest government shut down in our history has just completed 31 days and even if there is an end in sight—which I hope there is, but I’m not optimistic—there’s something that has become painfully clear. Government is the people. Lincoln’s Gettysburg address was not only was famous for his “Fourscore and seven years ago” … Continue reading Government is the People
1-She wasn’t in love with practicing the law. “I wasn’t built to practice law.” –133. She also failed the bar exam on her first try. I’ve kicked myself around a lot over the last 25 years for going to law school and not passing the bar exam and wondering how stupid was I to think … Continue reading Ten Awesome Things I learned about Michelle Obama in Becoming*