Seeing from another angle

Five years ago, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, I wanted to dye Easter eggs with my kids. It was a couple days before the holiday. I had the food coloring and the [ read more brave ]

United Airlines and not being brave

So, a United Airlines ground crew, in all their wisdom, decided that it was acceptable to physically harm a man for inconveniencing their flight schedule. You’ve all seen the video, [ read more brave ]

American anarchists, a Kurdish nationalist leader, and radical feminism: welcome to Rojava

Rojava is a region in Northern Syria under Kurdish control and governed according to the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan, a Kurdish nationalist leader who believes that “a country can’t be [ read more brave ]

photo of a man in Southern Kyrgyzstan carrying a baby

Self-coaching: when do we want kids?

So, Russians are weird. When the USSR dissolved and the Russians got poorer individually and as a nation, they did something no other population does. They had fewer children. Most [ read more brave ]

Inspiration: Thuli Zuma

I’m not usually one for inspirational poets, or the daughters of famous men, or for that matter, poetry slams. But I was reminded today of just how much I love [ read more brave ]

Getting paid what you’re worth

There are a few different reasons that people accept being underpaid, but the biggest one, I think, is impostor syndrome. At core, many people – maybe most people – just [ read more brave ]

Three things I’ve learned from my clients about being brave

1) Being brave isn’t knowing the right thing to do. All of us, almost always, know what the right thing us. Being brave is making yourself act on that right thing [ read more brave ]

Stuff I’m not getting paid to read

“Ten striking facts about agricultural input use in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Food Policy Volume 67, February 2017, Pages 12–25. A serious, research-grounded look at actual agriculture in SSA. “Inside the Hunt for [ read more brave ]

When is coaching useful?

Coaching is useful when: You have a problem you’ve been mulling over You have a decision to make You’re unhappy or discontented in your career or life and don’t quite [ read more brave ]

Suffering does not make you special

Some people – disaster response personnel and Peace Corps volunteers in particular – come home to the US and can’t re-adjust. Fat, sedentary Americans and their trivial concerns strike them [ read more brave ]