The Denial Toilet

I think each and every one of us has overflowed the denial toilet at least once. You know how it goes: you’re in a situation that’s maybe not the best thing for you, but there […]

All Hail the Subconscious

Back when I was in college one of my professors assigned our final paper, due about a month hence, then admonished “don’t forget to give yourself time to let your subconscious work for you.” At […]

Who Decides Value? Reflections on Publishing and Self Promotion

A few months ago I read this article, which is partly about free education and the Clemente Course, but also about a curator and teacher who pushes his students to question social values about art. […]

A Refreshing Cocktail in the Land of Smiles – Part III

We pick up the story as I am drinking an iced coffee, with a plan to turn the cup into a gas funnel. Alas, it’s not that simple. I have encountered the world’s strongest plastic […]

Do What You Do Well, and the Confidence Will Follow

After a couple of decades of “Best Participant” trophies and endless congratulations to kids for just getting out of bed and existing every day, the experts have finally started cautioning against too much positive reinforcement. […]

A Refreshing Cocktail in the Land of Smiles – Part II

The story left off as I approached a gas station in Pattaya, Thailand, hoping they might fill a bottle with gas for my pooped-out scooter. As it turns out, while everyone seems inclined to be […]

In My Day …

I’m going to sound old here, but I can remember when I was in high school you would get your wardrobe at the beginning of the school year and that was it. You would get […]

Please help a Chicago small business apply for a grant – vote today!

My friend Emily Carlson is applying for a $250,000 grant from Mission SmallBusiness. Organized by Chase and Living Social, Mission Small Business strives to help local small businesses drive forward to the next level of success. […]

A Refreshing Cocktail in the Land of Smiles – Part I

Recently I took a short trip to Thailand, which included a couple of days in Pattaya. When I was invited to Pattaya, I was intrigued, imagining a few ramshackle cottages at water’s edge, delicious food […]

Writing Versus Sleep

When I used to dream about what I wanted to do as an adult, “go to bed every night at the same time and get up at the same time every morning” was not on […]