No Turning Back

How many time has someone told you that happiness is just a matter of being yourself? It seems so simple. But I'm convinced we often don't mean it. Or we mean it but only within a narrow range of behavior. Schools, companies and churches reward compliance and attempt to categorize us based on traditional roles. Teachers reward a very narrow band of behavior. Companies reward predictable … [Read more...]

This Is What It’s Really Like

One benefit that’s come from starting my own business and working from home has been the time I’ve been able to spend with my children. When I had a longer commute and worked a corporate job, I was occasionally able to attend important school events like awards assemblies or field trips to the zoo. These events are planned in advance. I always looked forward to witnessing first hand how my … [Read more...]

Lunch Detention

I found myself in the principal’s office this morning. Sitting across the desk in my University of Utah hoodie, I explained how my son had been bullied by another student this past week. At least I think he’d been bullied. My son is in first grade, and he loves to tell stories about how he’s been wronged on the playground. My job as his father is to believe his version of the … [Read more...]

Learning to Wet Shave

I purchased my first Braun electric razor in 1987 while I was living in Germany. Up until that time I shaved using cheap disposable razors. That’s what I watched my father use, and I figured I’d continue the tradition of blue Gillette razors and gooey aerosol shaving cream. My father told me I’d eventually want to move to an electric razor because it would be easier to navigate the numerous chin … [Read more...]

The Path of Least Resistance

I stood at the Qdoba register fumbling for my loyalty card when I realized I’d given up. Life has become a sea of suckage, and I’m tired of swimming in it. Remember when, to pay for a meal, you handed cash or a credit card to your friendly cashier? The transaction took less than 20 seconds. You give me food in exchange for money. But loyalty cards add an extra layer of negotiation.  Am I … [Read more...]

Haircuts

A friend from grade school shared with me that he had asked to be released from a time-consuming church calling to spend more time with his children. Another friend lamented how his son had recently left for college, and he wished they had spent more time together. My 6-year old son approached me after school, and asked if I’d play a computer game with him. What we do together matters … [Read more...]

Tactile Joy

From Scott Adams review of the iPhone 6 My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection. Simply touching the product or its associated packaging is a tactile joy. A textbook example of … [Read more...]

No Second Chances

“Do you want to play pool? Just you and me.” “Sure”, replied Luca, trying to play it cool. Two of her siblings usually tag along when we play, but not today. I wanted to listen to Luca tell me about orchestra and history and student council without distractions. Of course there’s no guarantee she’ll share any details with me because she’s 13 … [Read more...]