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Frank Anderson walked along the riverfront to look for the body again. He still had time to hide it and make this all go away. But after many fruitless laps along the trash-lined bank — the bank his son Ted was campaigning to clean up and restore — he stomped a damp log to pieces and sobbed. He’d never meant to kill anyone, never meant to drag Ted into this.

He stared up into the darkening sky. Ted had reminded him that neither of them had an alibi, so a missing person case was far better than a murder investigation…


It’s going to be a difficult year for connection

Semi-blinded by the sun reflecting off a fresh blanket of snow, we trudge to the supermarket to stock up on non-perishables. The streets are quiet, even for Iceland. The few pedestrians outside skirt around each other to maintain a two-meter distance as they pass, doing their best to make it subtle.

People still seem a little embarrassed by their own precautionary measures as the world transitions to new behaviors. …


A Wavering Dance with the Present

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Another lull. Outside, the hollow patters of rain on the tin roof swallow patterns, quiet by contrast, on the leaves and roots. Hidden crickets fill the air with their chorus, which ebbs and flows in a steady pulse. Birds recycle melodies in messy measures like the drunken flutists of a forest symphony. A flash fills the space between us in the darkening stucco room, and hardly fades before a roaring, thunderous crescendo floods our ears.

The conversation has meandered, weaving between polite social scripts and making feeble plays at the edges of greater significance. We’ve moved from travel and interests…


Breaking Down Racism As an American Traveler in Colombia

I’ve spent the better part of the last three years away from my home country, and in societies vastly unlike my own. By necessity, I’ve grown used to being patient in the face of cultural differences. While it’s easy for a traveler to assume their country of origin does everything the “right” way, and that everyone else’s behavior is weird or backward, even a short time abroad puts this ethnocentrism in check pretty quick.

So when I encounter racist behavior in foreign places, from India and Dubai to Panama and Colombia, it has me doing a great deal more mental…


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Another lull. Outside, the hollow patters of rain on the tin roof swallow patterns, quiet by contrast, on the leaves and roots. Hidden crickets fill the air with their call, which ebbs and flows in a steady pulse. Birds recycle melodies in messy measures like the drunken flutists of a forest symphony. A flash fills the space between us in the darkening stucco room and hardly fades before a roaring, thunderous crescendo floods our ears.

The conversation has meandered, weaving between polite social scripts to make feeble plays at the edges of greater significance. We’ve moved from travel and interests…


In light of all the #MeToo posts and the coverage of Harvey Weinstein, I hope by now everyone has started to see just how vast this problem is. As men, we need to better educate ourselves and learn how to help.

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Millions of people shared this across Twitter and Facebook in just a few days

Our society offers us a steady progression of things to learn and unlearn about what it means to be a man in today’s society. This process introduces plenty of conflicting messages, and has helped me understand just how blind we can be to things happening all around us. Like the fact that I was already eighteen when someone finally…


How can your curiosity lead you to be smarter, more creative, and more successful in your career?

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Imagine yourself as a small child. The world is new and awesome and confusing. One day, you see an animal for the first time: it walks on four legs, it’s fluffy, and has big ears. This is a dog, your parents tell you. Later, you see another fluffy, four-legged creature with big ears, and assume it too is a dog. When your parents explain this new animal is a cat, you adjust your mental framework of the world. You begin to notice the less obvious differences between a dog and a cat, compared to those between a dog and a…


What does increased travel mean for our future?

“Despite all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us… edgy. Unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood”

~ Carl Sagan

You’ve felt it before. The restless itch arising in the middle of a long afternoon. The vague sense of wonder, of longing, as you look across an open landscape. The urge to move. To explore. To discover. To break out of your routine and remind yourself how to experience the world. …


And Simple Solutions to Stop It

(Revised 2/18/16)

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Image source: nydailynews.com

You probably feel pretty confident about your understanding of the world. From the products you buy, to the people you vote for, to the ideas you stand behind, you base your behavior on sound logic and balanced thinking.

At least that’s what you’d like to believe. We all want to think we can see things objectively. We want to think we make our own decisions without the influence of others. But that’s easier said than done. We’re not machines: we’re flawed, we’re emotional, and we have limited time and attention to process the world around us.

So our…


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Photo taken from the Eiffel Tower. (Image provided by author)

I scroll past the barrage of profile pictures with French flag filters. Others label it as latest way to pretend you’re helping a cause. Still others argue for the importance of showing solidarity against ISIS. Ultimately though, someone asks: why so much attention on France? Why do we largely ignore the recent travesties in Syria, Afghanistan, Kenya, Yemen, Lebanon, or so many other places? Why does Facebook create a filter for the attacks on France, but not anyone else?

Thousands of people are asking these questions, and like most social issues, we can’t expect a singular explanation. Rather than jump…

Drew Estes

Exploring human behavior, sometimes in fiction.

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