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One Year in NYC and Other Notes on Staying Sane

Photo by me “The true New Yorker,” said John Updike, “secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” Seeing the New York skyline from the hills of New Jersey sometimes made me feel like I was part of the action, yet for most of my life, I crept along the edges like a timid child surveying the deep end of the pool, occasionally dipping my toes in and recoiling back to safety…. Read Essay


Human Being vs. Human Doing

Do you tend to act out of fear or out of love? It’s a question you may never choose to ask yourself because the answer feels too elusive (or too frightening to face). You… Read Essay


Teaching Lessons

There are two ways to (attempt to) teach someone a lesson. The “I told you so” approach is a common and easy one. Someone fails and then you amplify their shame in hopes that… Read Essay