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My wife adores old musicals.

I’m more or a Hamilton and Les Mis kind of guy.

So when she begged me to watch a sequence in Hello, Dolly! that she claimed made her extremely happy, I was a bit hesitant.

“Come on, it’s the opening song in Wall-E,” she said…


If I had to pick any time to be alive, I’d pick the late 19th century.

I mean, those guys were inventing things left and right: electricity, indoor plumbing, the Eiffel Tower. Even the thought of man flying — flying! — was no longer inconceivable.

Nowadays we're talking about digital…


When I was 22, starting out at my first real grown-up job, I was asked, “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?”

I sat there in my grown-up office clothes and paused, “That’s a long way away,” I responded.

5 years to a 22-year-old is a long…


There’s a very clear reason why I stopped working out.

I’m a stay-at-home dad. I spent my day picking snack crumbs out of couch cushions and answering an unrelenting stream of questions (The moon is too far away… No you can’t jump down the steps… Mom and I were wrestling…)


The world moves so fast that it’s easy to forget that only two weeks ago, the internet took down a hedge fund with Gamestop stocks.

This anomaly gave some millennials their first true financial win. Some were paying off student loans. Others were able to save up emergency funds.

Then…


I saw a tweet the other day that went something like this:

“You are responsible for your happiness, health, and wealth.”

On the outside, this tweet makes sense. We are, after all, the final arbitrators of how we think, what we eat, and how we spend our money.

After reading…


My son finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this week.

I should mention he’s only 5 and a half.

Yes, I’m suppressing the gleeful pride of a father but at the same time, I know it’s nothing special.

When I look back at my son’s reading journey, it…


Hope is a fire, not a light bulb. You can’t flip hope on and off. There is no circuit board, no fuse box. There are no shortcuts, hacks, or workarounds.

Hope — like fire — requires heat, fuel, and oxygen.

The heat required for fire does not emerge passively. You…


Parasocial relationships — or one-way relationships — are nothing new. In their heyday, The Beatles were adored by raving young fans who felt as if they were singing only to them.

Paul gets me, the young fans would think to themselves.

Today, in the age of the internet, these parasocial…


We do our best to control what we can, we even do a good enough job to think we’re the ones pulling the strings.

After years of conditioning, we start…

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