In Praise of That Weird Old Guy at Conferences

He’s usually an older gentleman, out of place among the young people at the conference you’re attending. He’s wearing some odd combination of suit and Hawaiian shirt. He’s terrible at social cues, but he’s entirely unfazed about that. He was probably a millionaire…

The Redemption of Gunpowder

Same flares gave light to summer soldiers Hopeless brothers, sons, and friends Lit skulls and sharp wire, countless fields Last sights for shell-shocked, gored young men   Same flares give light to rooftop youth Young men on dunes and dancing piers High paper shells scream in July night Through burning hues come hope, not…

Starlight on a Small Town

Constellations and cities of stars Shine down on small towns, on ours Shine down on constellations of static men The sparkling worlds above shine on dying stars below   Stars, undimmed by our small shoddy brightness Not light from rundown stations, rundown stores, rundown lives No,…

How to Make Your Words Count in Relationships

Say exactly what you assume people know you feel about them. A great missed opportunity for strengthening any friendship, any professional relationship, or any family relationship is assuming that people know your good intent toward them. Really sincere written and verbal communication is hard…

Three Reasons To Be Wrong Boldly

If you are going to be wrong – and you will be – don’t half-ass it. There are benefits to being wrong boldly. Here are a few. 1. Half-Assed Mistakes Mean Half-Assed Wins There’s nothing inspiring about a hedged bet.…