Every Man His Own Dominion

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, […]

Stop Productizing Adventure

It used to be that adventure was something you had – not something you could purchase with a credit card. Now there’s an “adventure industry.” A lot of things seem to be going this way. Now you can buy the […]

What Are Your Cultural Exports?

There was the time I made my Mom’s chocolate cake recipe for friends for the first time. There was the time I brought a locally-grown watermelon and sunflowers (from our own farm) to share with coworkers at the office. Then […]

The Slouching Society

Once upon a time men wore suits and women wore dresses on every occasion – they even dressed well in the home. People set tables, ate in courses, and spoke civilly. They stood up straight. They expected beauty and excellence […]

Panic When the Public Isn’t Panicking

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” – Warren Buffett This is fine advice for a financial catastrophe, but it has a corollary in other disasters as well. Case in point: coronavirus. It’s generally not […]

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 […]

The Appeal of Steampunk

Steampunk, n. a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Tonight I finished a rewatch of the early 00’s Disney film Treasure Planet, a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s […]

Why You Should Sing In Public

The other night “Dancing in the Street” came on in Publix while I was doing my grocery shopping. Naturally, I sang along. Then I walked past the dude from the meat department (or some other Publix employee). I kept singing. […]