The Day the World Changed: 20 Years After 9/11

I wasn’t there, but I will always be there. I was eleven years old when four commercial airplanes were hijacked on the morning of September 11, 2001. Turned into weapons of mass murder, two hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, one was steered into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, andContinue reading “The Day the World Changed: 20 Years After 9/11”

Reclaiming Empathy In the Age of Indifference

I don’t know about you, but these days, I’m numb. Numb to the rising tide of this unending pandemic. Numb to the suffering of people in Afghanistan. Numb to the wildfires ravaging communities across the West. Numb to the tearing of country’s social fabric and the partisan screaming all around. I don’t know if it’sContinue reading “Reclaiming Empathy In the Age of Indifference”

The Once and Future Climate Crisis

This week, temperatures in Tacoma were upward of 105 degrees—34 degrees above the average high for June—and stayed in the triple digits for three consecutive days. In a region where less than half the population lives in air conditioned homes, people suffered and as many as 100 people in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia haveContinue reading “The Once and Future Climate Crisis”

The Art of Traveling During a Pandemic

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year, you know I love to travel. When COVID-19 shut down all non-essential travel in 2020, we were forced to cancel our planned Hawaiian vacation and postpone any and all of our travel plans for the foreseeable future. We’ve done our best to be safeContinue reading “The Art of Traveling During a Pandemic”

On the Occasion of My Tenth Blogiversary

It feels weird to say it, but ten years ago, I started this blog. At the time, I didn’t know why I wanted to start a blog or what I was going to do with it. I just knew that I was serious about writing. So, I did what any aspiring writer in 2011 wouldContinue reading “On the Occasion of My Tenth Blogiversary”

The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Escape Velocity

Against all odds, for the first time since I started making birthday resolutions well over a decade ago, I accomplished all of my goals last year. To be sure, most of them were pretty vague: take better care of my body, write more short fiction, and read to expand my horizons. My thirtieth year ofContinue reading “The Birthday Resolutions Achieve Escape Velocity”

Hindsight is 2020

There is a phenomenon in psychology called “hindsight bias.” It’s the tendency for humans to believe in retrospect that events were more predictable than they actually were. It’s the feeling we’ve all had that we could have done something differently if only we knew then what we understand now. This bias isn’t always a badContinue reading “Hindsight is 2020”