Ever since I started using streaming music services, I’ve wondered about how much of my listening choices have been shaped by the service. Am I really listening to what I want to, or have I been going with the algorithm’s flow, listening to minor variations… Read More
This morning, I watched a squirrel eating helicopter seeds off the ground. Look, when your mind latches on to an analogy, and the world around you seems to be prompting you, just run with it. The tree made the seeds to try and grow more… Read More
Out for a run this morning, I watched a helicopter seed spiral out of a tree and land on the concrete. Nothing will come of that seed. It has nowhere left to go. But the tree has hundreds more seeds to drop, just waiting for… Read More
At the beginning of this year, my four-year-old daughter was interrogating me at the breakfast table. Sprout: What did you want to be when you were a kid? Me: When I was about your age, I wanted to be a paleontologist and dig up dinosaur… Read More
Picture yourself in a restaurant. The server hands you a menu and lets you know they’ll check back in a few minutes to see if you’ve decided on what to eat. You look over the available options and make a choice. When the server returns… Read More
My daughter loves getting in the pool, except for one thing: Getting water in her face. I know this problem well. When I was a kid, I hated being in the water. Hated it with a passion. Needed to be bribed, heavily, in order to… Read More
A story about a difficult office hours meeting, and how it lead me to change the way I grade student writing.