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May 7, 2020

I think the answer is to care about the truly important things without caring obsessively about too much of anything. And while I can’t say for certain what the really important things should be in your life, because they are different for everyone, I can offer a list of what I devote a little time to most days in order to sleep well most nights.

June 7, 2016

I only recently became familiar with many of the finer points of the life of Muhammad Ali, that great mass of athletic and spiritual energy whose boxing prime had already passed by the time I was born. Several weeks ago I happened upon a few Ali books while browsing at a local library, and by the time I finished my first read about the Great Champ, I wanted to know more about the man whose picture hung in both American man caves and African huts. I moved on to...

January 8, 2016

When I was a young lad navigating the heady days of college, I cared about getting good grades. I didn’t just care a little bit, I cared A LOT.  Looking back, it isn’t a stretch to categorize my collegiate interest in grade point averages as dysfunctional, but I was raised in a private-school atmosphere where semester GPAs were posted in the hall for all to gawk at, so in some respects I was just a product of a neurotic environment.

 

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October 25, 2015

Before that fateful day last fall, I’d never completely understood the very real emotional turmoil that could be attached to the phrase “I got a bad haircut.” I usually dismissed that complaint as melodrama from women. Maybe I’d worried a bit about my hair in grade school and then high school—back when impressing the opposite sex seemed like a worldly and weighty concern—but as adulthood came around and life’s considerations became more complex, I saw hair comp...

October 18, 2015

 

As someone who likes to write, I tend to have a love-hate relationship with irony. Recognizing irony provides a lot of good manuscript material, but it can also veer into the realm of depressing. I guess most of the time irony is like a best friend who makes great jokes and gives needed companionship but is always draining my energy with pessimism or depleting my resources with requests for my hard-earned money. It takes work to be happy in this world, and som...