#Thoughts&Prayers

Not long ago, #InsteadOfThoughtsAndPrayers was trending on Twitter. I’d like to offer an alternative: #InAdditionToThoughtsAndPrayers. Sure, it would max out my tweet character limit, but it would send a message. With all the suffering and tragedy in the world, thoughts and prayers are indeed not enough, so I get why many people are frustrated byContinue reading “#Thoughts&Prayers”

Haiku in the summertime

Sunlight becomesmomentary diamondson the water. I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I’m as equipped to write authentic Japanese haiku as I am to write actuarial valuation reports. I don’t even know what I just said. Still, English haiku has its demands that make it aContinue reading “Haiku in the summertime”

When do you talk religion and politics?

How wild and crazy was I during my youth? I shared my religious and political views with abandon. Oh, the stories I could tell … Over time, I’ve made adjustments to the way I communicate. In my experience, addressing hot-button topics on Facebook often does more harm than good. Also, spending time on social mediaContinue reading “When do you talk religion and politics?”

4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t

Feeling inundated with information about COVID-19? Before that, perhaps it was the impeachment or Brexit or The Bachelor finale. How do you know what bits of information are true? Here are a few ways to get closer to the truth about anything: 1 Consult multiple reliable sources. See where the consensus lies. 2 Use commonContinue reading “4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t”

What did Mr. Rogers think about?

Did you watch Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood when you were a kid? I watched it a bit, but now I wished I had watched it more. I say that, now that I know more about Fred Rogers. We watched the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? at a meetup with The Thinkery in Vancouver. We all were impressedContinue reading “What did Mr. Rogers think about?”

How to prepare tea (for heaven’s sake)

I get asked all the time (not really) about the right way to prepare tea. The main thing is to steep it according to directions. Do not (I implore you) add anything to it or (even worse) drink it while it’s steeping, and (for crying out loud) remove the leaves from the water when theContinue reading “How to prepare tea (for heaven’s sake)”

He had a daughter called Gigi.

George Floyd had a daughter called Gigi. She is six years old. He also had a son named Quincy, a brother named Philonese, a cousin named Tera, and an uncle named Selwyn. He and Courteney were engaged to be married. George was a Texan, like me. A star on his high school football team, heContinue reading “He had a daughter called Gigi.”