I’m Trying to Teach My Kid Just 1 Thing

When you become a dad, you become a teacher. You teach your kid about colors and numbers and animals and the alphabet and that you shouldn’t eat dead flies you find lying on the ground. When my kid gets older, I’ll teach him about more difficult concepts, like politics, religion, money, and sex. While imperfect,…

The Best Apology is Changed Behavior

When I was growing up, my mother, a saintly woman who managed to raise and homeschool myself and my eight siblings, used to often teach us how to apologize to one another. With nine children, there were often sibling disputes and conflicts to be resolved. These conflicts ranged from the inoccuous (“Daniel won’t share his…

The Deadly Paradigm of Mind vs. Body

Once in college I went to the gym. And then I never went again. I decided that me and the gym just weren’t meant to be. My decision was aided partially because I felt deeply uncomfortable there. In college, there’s a lot of super ripped dudes showing off for the ladies. As hyper-skinny, tall, lanky guy, I…