Throughout my adult life I have, time and again, tried to answer the following question: how much could I accomplish, how much could I experience, were I to not waste so much time and instead discipline and channel my energy […]
This is a prose-poem I wrote when I was in my early 20s (around 2005) after seeing the masterpiece documentary, Hoop Dreams: O me, o you, o world! I just watched a documentary called Hoop Dreams, and I watched the squalor, […]
Almost any debate about the need for improvements to America’s public education system, k-12 as well as community college and university, will include a comment along the lines of, “We need to do a better job of preparing our young […]
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities becomes irrelevant. Wherever men or women are […]
I have really exciting news: Bianca just got her PhD (!!!) and a fantastic job in Cambridge (!!!). Given that her commute from Providence would take about two-and-a-half hours each way, we decided that it would make sense to buy […]
“We [who practice nonviolent direct action] are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out into the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. […]
The shooting in Orlando has exposed a deep and underlying ugliness in America, one that is defined by partisanship, hatred, racism, and intolerance. Unfortunately, no political party has a monopoly on purity, and in this post I explore how the horrible massacre of 50 people in a night club speaks to a much bigger problem. I’m too much in shock and sadness to come to any conclusions, so don’t expect that from this post. View it instead as a rambling meditation on the present state of affairs.
Thinking about certain aspects my job for just a few minutes can induce a feeling of anxiety, a tightening of the chest and quickening of the heart; in contrast, reading a couple pages of a book on physics can release […]