In a world that seems determined to strip us of our humanity, how can we keep it?
I've asked myself that, recently, thinking about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's words about the ways the Russian invasion has changed him, has changed his people. He candidly shared the struggle he says he faces in keeping his humanity.
"War is a ...Read more
It occurred to me today that childhood is the long process of separating from your mother -- first from her body, physically, and then slowly, over many years, emotionally, moving from her life into your own.
I've always listened when parents say the years go by quickly, but I've never heard, not until now, when my older son is taking his ...Read more
What follows are the leaked minutes from the CIA FBI NSA Joint Deep State Totally Serious Completely Legitimate Taylor Swift Travis Kelce Relationship Conspiracy Planning Committee.
COMMITTEE PRESIDENT GEORGE SOROS: Hi, everyone, and thanks for making time in your busy schedules to come to this meeting. As you know, for some time now, the C.F...Read more
Thinkers are sinkers, that's what I always say.
All right, well, I don't always say it, but I just did, and it's definitely true.
Thinkers are sinkers, and you can trust me on that, because as a wise fourth grader once said, it takes one to know one.
Thinkers are sinkers, and often they're drinkers, too.
They're sinkers (and sometimes ...Read more
These are the dog days of winter.
Oh, I know, technically it's the "dog days of summer," and we have those, too, but nothing compares to late winter in the Midwest for really draining the joy from every moment you spend outdoors.
Recently here, it's been cycling through the winter prairie levels of Dante's Inferno, going from cold to snowy ...Read more
I've had a minuscule taste of fame lately, in the sense that some people know some things about me that I haven't told them, and it's been deeply, deeply weird.
For example: My older son, who wants nothing so much as he wants to play video games for a living, cares little about my writing or book or career, but has asked me repeatedly to help...Read more
There's a pile of paper on my dining room table -- art projects and connect-the-dots and math worksheets and snowflake puzzles and holiday quizzes and lots of pages that, on first glance, appear to be blank, faint marks visible only upon microscopic examination.
These papers, all 200,000 of them, belong to my sons, sent home by teachers who ...Read more
I've been playing a lot of bridge lately -- the card game, that is -- on my tablet in bed at night. It's a good way to wind down, and it's also less depressing than Twitter, which is basically the pit of Sarlacc at this point: You get thrown into it and you're digested alive for 1,000 years.
As much as I like bridge, though, I'll never be ...Read more
I write this on the 12th anniversary of the death of Christopher Hitchens.
He was a writer and speaker, an off-the-cuff, booze-and-cigarette-soaked wit of unparalleled caliber. He could find a literary or historical reference for any occasion, and it could be an education just to listen to him talk.
Hitchens was, like all humans, imperfect, ...Read more
The new year approaches, and I've been pondering resolutions. Here's where I am so far:
1. Drink more water. This is the most hydrated generation of all time. Everyone carries gallons of water with them 24 hours a day, everywhere -- to church, the grocery store, to funerals. If I forget to put my kindergartner's water bottle in his backpack, ...Read more
This is the story of the greatest Christmas present I never got.
It begins in 1983, when toy company Coleco released an adorable new doll called the Cabbage Patch Kid. On its oversized head, a winning smile fought its way through pudgy cheeks. Its fabric body, arms open wide awaiting a hug, was covered in dimples. On the butt of each Cabbage ...Read more
I've been thinking about the Parthenon marbles too much lately, having imaginary arguments in my head with museum curators and conservative Britons about how overdue their repatriation to Greece is.
That might make me sound a little nutty, but there has been, to be fair to me, a lot of media attention on the issue recently. I blame British ...Read more