self-coaching: what is real?

What is the opposite of “real”? Unreal? Artificial? Intangible? Imaginary? Fake? Contrived? What are the synonyms of “real”? Authentic? Natural? True? Beautiful? Untamed? Tangible? Does real mean the same thing [ read more brave ]

What does the nation-state do for us, anyway?

Syria has dissolved into a nightmare we are nearly powerless to help, and the US elected a racist, rapist, reality-star in an effort to return to an imaginary past. The [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Growing up

How do you define being an adult? Is it a process, or an end state? Are you an adult by your own definition? Is it better to be an adult [ read more brave ]

Peace Corps and Persistence

  Excerpts from emails I sent today: 1) About President Trump I think our goal is to make this a four year presidency. He can do terrible harm in four [ read more brave ]

Self-coaching: Money

In American culture, we talk about money in a few, highly specific ways. You might tell someone what you paid for your house, but you don’t mention your salary. You [ read more brave ]

Resources for Change: Understanding Data

How to read a scientific paper. via Chris Blattman. How to tell when a data visualization is lying to you. Also from Chris Blattman. The Data Journalism handbook is an [ read more brave ]

Three examples of love

No flowers or candy involved. 1. ¬†My father’s Alzheimer’s disease got especially aggressive in the time leading up to my marriage. It was like my wedding was blowing out all [ read more brave ]

Humbling Hospitality Experiences

1) I once held a focus group with women in rural Tajikistan, to learn about the increasing hunger and food insecurity. The women told terrible, desperate stories, of burning fruit trees [ read more brave ]

self-coaching: social media

This is a bit of a follow-up to the post on coping with media overload. Social media sneaks into our lives and we accept it without a lot of thought [ read more brave ]

the bravest people I’ve ever known lived in autocracies

We can all tell a good story, but the truth is that most of the time being brave is optional. We can live a perfectly happy and acceptable life by [ read more brave ]