It’s difficult these days to find anyone with disposable income in America who isn’t following some type of diet regime. Indeed, whether we’re talking about newer fads such as keto, Whole30Ⓡ, or paleo or older ones such as juicing, Atkins™, or The ZoneⓇ I always marvel at how sure members in their respective diet-tribes are of the correctness of their convictions.
In their excellent book, The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt document how overprotective “helicopter parenting” is creating kids who aren’t able to take care of themselves as adults and become uncomfortable when confronted with opposing viewpoints. This phenomenon is transforming institutions such as universities, (where students aren’t adequately prepared for debate) into ideological echo chambers. It is also creating an environment where outcome gaps are being used as evidence of systemic injustice rather than as a starting point for investigation.
No one ever learned to walk by walking ~ Moshe Feldenkrais Raising children these days, as I’m sure many of you would attest, is quite different than it was when we were growing up. Indeed, when I see kids being sent out to play draped in body armor and parents hovering over their every move, […]
In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost Happy New Year! I have some great story ideas lined up for 2019 but, before I jump into more serious topics, I wanted to share a few thoughts while considering my New Year’s resolutions. Little things done […]
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. Proverbs 24:3 As the year winds down, many of us will find ourselves setting personal and professional goals for the New Year. If you fall in this camp, consider how you’re going to achieve your goals. In doing so, may I suggest choosing something that can be framed as […]
A few months ago, a reader asked me what gear I take on the road to ensure travel doesn’t interfere with work and deadlines. Knowing that many of you travel for work (some of you a lot more than I do), I thought I’d take some time today to share my answer. The photo above, […]
Pain or damage don’t end the world. Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man…and give some back. ~ the character Al Swearengen from “Deadwood” I received quite a few emails in response to last week’s blog about giving, […]
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. ~ Galileo At the start of my Saturday morning yoga class, our instructor shared a story (h/t LB) about two monks who, upon encountering […]
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ~ Martin Luther King Jr. One doesn’t have to be a fan of basketball to know that Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters to ever have played the game. Consider, for example, […]
You’ve gotta keep control of your time and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life. ~ Warren Buffett I’ve been deliberating whether or not to volunteer my time to coach a youth basketball team in 2019 (mentioned earlier in Ten Rules for Teaching and Learning). As you […]