The Cult of Marriage: Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Marry Young
Apr20

The Cult of Marriage: Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Marry Young

Recently I read an article by Julia Shaw bemoaning the ever decreasing percentage of people getting married young.  Shaw bucked this trend and got married at 23. In her article, she wondered out loud what the rest of us are waiting for. The crux of her argument, that more people should marry young, pretty much centers around the fact that she got married young, and, a few years in, still hasn’t come to regret it. First and foremost, I...

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17 Reasons for Optimism in the Age of Trump
Feb20

17 Reasons for Optimism in the Age of Trump

It cannot be understated how much Trump’s election has deepened and widened an already enormous divide in our country. Many people have legitimate concerns about this man that are based on things he has said and has already done as president. This is unlike Obama’s detractors and their wild conspiracy theories, like Obama being a foreign born Muslim, who was going to impose Sharia Law, take everyone’s guns, and force...

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Stop Asking Me To Be Sympathetic Towards Trump Voters, Anthony Bourdain!
Jan19

Stop Asking Me To Be Sympathetic Towards Trump Voters, Anthony Bourdain!

The level of contention in American has reached such a level that even Anthony Bourdain has managed to piss me off, and that’s saying something since I went out of my way to give him a shout out in my travel memoir. Following the election, I’ve basically had to stop watching political talk shows – I’ve been a junkie of them for years. I didn’t want to hear the overly broad and sweeping conclusions I knew...

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Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever
Nov23

Why Thanksgiving is the Best Holiday Ever

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin when trying to explain how great Thanksgiving is. I guess I can start by saying that a mere side effect of this holiday is one of the very best things about it: it acts as a barrier to Christmas, that overblown, corporate-driven, consumer-fest of a holiday that is so far removed from the spirit of giving on which it’s supposed to be based that it sometimes causes supreme acts of selfishness...

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Protest Votes Got 4,500 US Soldiers Killed
Nov05

Protest Votes Got 4,500 US Soldiers Killed

The last time a large number of Americans cast a ballot for a 3rd party candidate – with no chance of winning – during a critical election, 4,500 US soldiers and nearly 100,000 Iraqis got killed. I know this might sound hyperbolic, but hear me out. Way back at the turn of the millennium, many people argued there was no real difference between the presidential candidates,  Al Gore and George W. Bush, and decided to support...

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