The Paradox of Success

There is a paradox to success. If you want to be successful, you must be viewed (to some extent) as successful. Status does matter. A person of high status and reputation for excellence will tend to attract more of the […]

Fools Leading Fools

I have a special contempt for people who think they can fool the world. These are the people who will tell you that “ordinary people” can’t think. These are people who also fail to exercise the basic thought required to […]

Glimpes of Hidden America

I’m a pretty cynical guy when it comes to nation-states. So it might be surprising to hear that I sort of love in the vision of America most of us learned in school. It’s a place where people generally tell […]

What Is “Honest Work”?

I’ve heard the term “honest work” a lot in my life, and it’s always had an appeal for me. Now it’s something I want more than ever – but I’m not sure exactly how to define it. Here is an […]

The Badassity of Migrant Workers

If the pioneer and frontiersman spirit has disappeared in most Americans, it’s alive and well in migrant workers. Imagine traveling all the way from Guatemala to Maine to pick blueberries, or from Nicaragua to Alberta to tend cattle, or from […]

Get Dirty

Between yesterday and today I plowed a couple of fields, operated a dirt excavator, mucked around in fields and marsh, played fetch with a smart little cattle dog, and rode, groomed, and fed horses. I’ve come home dirty each night. […]

Privacy Is Trust. Trust Is Freedom

Remember Google Glasses? Turns out they are still a thing. Granted, they’re for manufacturing and specialty industrial purposes now. Google discovered that people weren’t quite ready for glasses that recorded everything. I was talking with someone today about how useful […]

Skip Restaurants In Your Twenties

I’m far from a money guru, but there is one general pronouncement I’m willing to make: You probably shouldn’t go to restaurants in your twenties. Think about it. You – a relatively poor person who should be investing your limited […]

Don’t Break the Spell

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5 Yesterday I hit the Appalachian Trail between Woody Gap and Jarrard Gap with a good friend. Over […]