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'Taint the Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I should start off with an apology to my girls, presently 6 and 9, because I realize that the truth can hurt. But lies, especially lies that have no point or meaning, can do far more damage even th  


0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
A few months ago, during an after-school writing session, I led a group of teenagers through a brief and largely improvised tour of the last 10 years of technology with an eye toward our hasty specu  

A Whisper to a Scream

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I'm not much of a screamer, but maybe I should be. In the last few weeks I've been confronted with information and ideas that, while not necessarily challenging or confirming my assumptions about t  

Setting the Scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
In another life -- or if I could do this one all over again -- I think I'd go into design work. Of course, then I would have to choose between interior and exterior -- in this case, exterior being   

Sense of Hypocrisy & Outrage

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Barry Bonds breaks baseball's all-time home run record, and the cloud hanging over him means little to me. I have my reasons: He remains unconvicted in a court of law, and I fail to see whether ste  

Daddy Can Read, Too

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
A few weeks ago my wife and I had a couple of friends over for dinner. The weeknight dinner format is one that my wife and two of her friends with kids have developed into a routine. Tuesday nights  

The Great and the Not So Great

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2007
We're a nation fascinated with the exhibition of athletic greatness, yet we can be oblivious to it unless it's homegrown or brazenly displayed. We loved Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan,  

The Blind 'I' in Bias

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Sometimes a news week gives you nothing, and then there are times when you dread what's foisted upon you. Like the O.J. Simpson-Jeff Ruby situation. I'm going to get around to it, but I'd like to a  

Of Sheep and Men

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I turned 8 in 1977 just before the beginning of fall, so most of the year, the heart of it, I was 7. What do I remember about being 7 or the '70s? Looking back, I'm aware of the factoids and detail  

Let's Talk

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I've been working on a book project over the last few months. Much of my time has been spent reading and re-reading the email exchanges between my wife and me during our Match.com courtship. For ne  

A Life Supreme

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
During my senior year at Penn, I stumbled across a listing for a memorial concert sponsored by some members of the Coltrane family operating out of the West Philadelphia row house that had belonged  

Let's Talk About Giving

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Right about now, I'm going to probably make a few Biblical scholars and homilists irate with my hackneyed musing about philanthropy. That's alright, because there are a few well-heeled members of t  

White Lies, Black Celebrations

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I'm not feeling the holiday spirit. That's not to say I don't have much to celebrate this year. I'm a newlywed who proposed so awkwardly on New Year's Eve that I promised my wife I'd try it again e  

No More Sell-Outs

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
What's the devil to do? Back in the day, there were deals to be made. We all know the mythic version of the story: Faust wants all the knowledge in the world, signs on the dotted line with Mephisto  

What We Carry

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This coming Dec. 3 would have marked the ninth anniversary of the last time I shaved my head. That's almost a decade that I've carried dreads. Prior to that period, I'd been shaving my head. The lo