Rumi: The Guest House

The Guest House by Jelaluddin Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them … Continue reading →

Yes, Yes, Yes

Cyndie and I have been together since the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July, 2001. That’s 14 years together, and nearly six since we married in 2009. While our first meeting was amazing and unforgettable, somehow our life … Continue reading →

The Righteous Mind

The Science Explaining Why Liberals and Conservatives Can’t Understand Each Other Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has written an incredibly insightful book: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided By Politics and Religion. It goes a long way toward explaining … Continue reading →

Gerrymandering Explained

One of the reasons the United States Congress is less representative of the citizenry than it should be – and remains stubbornly stuck that way – is that the boundaries of congressional districts are usually drawn by the legislatures of … Continue reading →

Cultural Hegemony, or, Blinded By the Status Quo

The term “cultural hegemony” refers to the way that a society’s norms and values are constructed by, and for the benefit of, the most powerful members of the society, and how the less powerful come to accept those norms and … Continue reading →