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November 2016

Waiting For Permission

Have you ever waited to be noticed for weeks, months, maybe even years, only it never happened? Maybe it was a promotion at work. Or maybe it was for the cute barista at the coffee shop to finally make eye contact. Or to be invited into a group you’d watched from the outside. Maybe it was a life calling that would break you out of the mold of mediocrity and finally place you where you always knew you belonged. I remember the faces of dozens of friends and acquaintances in their early 20s who tread water in their minimum wage […]

The Veil of Propriety

Early in my career, our digital agency staff went to lunch at a burger joint. While we sat and ate our burgers, the president of the company announced that I would henceforth have a new nickname. He dubbed me Mister Confrontational. I was a bit surprised. In my world, conflict is typically caused by a disagreeable sort of person who has staked their identity in proving other people wrong. There’s nothing wrong with taking a stand against error. But if that’s all you ever do, what do you really stand for, right? Standing against injustice is important, but abundant, life-changing […]

Californians Call for a Calexit

You knew that half of Americans were going to be outraged no matter which candidate won. If Hillary had won, you’d likely hear a swell coming from the South, including Texas, of the desire to secede from the Union. But in this case, Trump won the electoral vote, and a group of outragedĀ Californians are proposing secession instead. After Donald Trump won the race to the White House, people across California took to social media Tuesday night to call for “Calexit” (or California exit), recalling Brexit, Britain’s push to leave the European Union… The movement has racked up an impressive backer […]