‘Good Guy’ Muslims: Why America Should Embrace Its Islamic People

“Living is easy with eyes closed — Misunderstanding all you see.” — John Lennon It was voting day. Despite having a flight to catch, I went to the polls and waited 45 minutes to vote for a candidate who only … Continue reading ‘Good Guy’ Muslims: Why America Should Embrace Its Islamic People

Simplicity

There’s something to be said for simplicity. I went and stayed with my friend J last Monday night downtown Chicago. J lives in Roger’s Park, one of the more affordable and vintage areas of the city and, as a single 40-something dude, just may have figured out how to be happy-ish at his particular stage of life. Just a block and a half from Chicago’s Pratt Beach, J wakes at 6 in the morning, goes to the local Ethiopian coffee shop to get a pastry and heads to the sand. He watches the sun rise and listens to the waves … Continue reading Simplicity

The Peace of Christmas Day

“Add all the grief that people may bear, total the strife, the troubles and care. Put them in columns and leave them right there, the peace of Christmas Day.” – John Denver As this Christmas morning began, I have to admit I had let myself succumb to a foul spirit. As long as I’ve had Christmases, those Christmas’s have most often existed under the dark cloud of my mother’s mood, and this one is no different. Upset that I won’t sell her my car for half its value, and mapping out her other one-way expectations she likes to call the “special … Continue reading The Peace of Christmas Day

The Age of Ill-Communication

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Folks… we have a problem. I think it may pretty much be met without argument that life, with all its various things to pull one’s focus, has only one truly important element to it: The relationships we develop with other people. One might even say: “Love.” So why are we settling for its inevitable deterioration? Fifteen to twenty years ago, we had phones that worked. We could carry on conversations for hours with our best friend, and we actually did. We did this … Continue reading The Age of Ill-Communication

No One is Listening

“You wouldn’t care so much about what people think about you if you knew how little they did.” – Phillip C. McGraw Tonight my friend Joel and I were at a coffee shop in the suburbs. Realizing that a story he was telling about a harmless crush was slightly provocative, he stopped himself mid-sentence to say: “My God. I’m pretty sure everyone just quieted down and started listening in on our conversation. They must think we are incredible oddballs… I’ll keep it down.” Joel had his back to the rest of the shop, whereas I could see it all. Framed … Continue reading No One is Listening