XOXO: My Favorite Record from 2020

XOXO: My Favorite Record from 2020

Twitter disgusts me. I try to stay away from it. But, I do have a profile for the podcast, where I promote the episodes and, occassionally, call out a particular U.S. Senator on his thinly-veiled feigned sincerity. But, I also use it to keep up with guests of the...
The Career Path of the Authentic Self

The Career Path of the Authentic Self

As an young adult, I abandoned my authentic self and the life I really wanted. In terms of vocation, rather than pursuing something that excited me, I opted for what others described as a more practical path. Imagine having the aptitude to write professionally. You...
On Having a Dad

On Having a Dad

When you have a dad who didn’t have a dad, in some ways, you don’t have a dad.   Those words came to me one morning. I printed them prominently, in all capital letters, on the first page of a blank journal I was using at the time, to collect my thoughts, about...
Masculinity is Not the Problem

Masculinity is Not the Problem

Originally published on January 28, 2019 — As a man, as the father of a boy beginning the transition into manhood, and as someone who works with many troubled young men, I felt encouraged to learn the powers that be at Gillette saw fit to publicly evaluate their...
Belonging in Baseball

Belonging in Baseball

I began playing baseball in the tiny back yard of the home where I grew up. It was a small, bumpy patch of grass surrounded by four-foot hedges. I played with my older sister and neighborhood kids, including some my mom was paid to care for, at a time when the Big Red...
On the Death of Anthony Bourdain

On the Death of Anthony Bourdain

A couple years ago, my son gave me a cookbook. We’d been out shopping and had seen it a couple times. He knew I wanted it. It was one of those times when you buy the gift so they can give it to you. In truth, you’re doing something for them. Hardbound and illustrated...