Category Archives: Personal

Free! Stuff!

Do you know anyone who needs another tote bag? How about a coaster, or a click pen inscribed with an organizational logo, or pretty much any of the stuff that comes in the obligatory goodie bag we all receive at … Continue reading

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Call Me White

I stayed awake for three days straight during senior year fraternity rush. All day socializing with prospective members, late night parties back in the halcyon days of age 18 alcohol, topped by after-hour meetings deciding which guys to offer a … Continue reading

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Yet Another Bastion of Privilege: The Chaste Mouth

To be a white man in 2018 is to find yourself dug daily into ever deeper depths of Dante Inferno-like privilege. I recently learned of an entirely new arena in which my behavior supposedly reflects my precipice status: I don’t … Continue reading

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Case Studies in Sexual Harassment

When I first heard about Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose, about men with loose bathrobes and wandering hands who force penetration, I figured it was just another example of me being a stranger in this strange land. … Continue reading

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Ode to Seattle

I love Seattle because the street people smile The tech boys are clean cut and earnest The bus drivers discuss poetry It rains but rarely storms The sun shines just enough you never take it for granted. A city of … Continue reading

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Cliff Notes: Rio Zika, by Michael Crichton

Dystopian novel set in the near future, written by Michael Crichton before his death in 2008. Billions of mosquitos bearing the zika virus proliferate in Rio de Janeiro coincident with the Olympic Games. The finest human specimens from all corners … Continue reading

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The Sweatshirt

Your daughter comes over for dinner one night, fresh from a run. It’s cool on the deck so you lend her a sweatshirt, something old. You don’t remember when or how you came to have it. When she leaves, she … Continue reading

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Institutionalized Adventure

Twenty years ago, when my children were young, a narrow path wound around the point in Kingsley Park, the peninsula that juts into Fresh Pond, the City of Cambridge’s reservoir. Walking paths, woods, and meadows surround the pond, three square … Continue reading

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Mantra for Healing and Strength

I’ve got a black band hanging from my door for lat pulls, a grey band tied to the knob for forearm rotations, a green band looped around the coffee table for leg lifts, and a red band I loop around … Continue reading

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Unsolicited Advice Redux

No sooner do I write an essay about unsolicited advice than I catch myself doling it out. Every rule has its exception. I was at a barbeque with friends when one half of a couple explained in great detail their … Continue reading

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