The Ex-Economist’s Lament

Every hour has its costIn roads not taken, jobs not doneInfinities of options lost,Of time not spent on work or fun. Comparative advantage freesThe insect just to play one roleIt’s fine for ants or honeybees,But humans need more to be whole. To test ourselves, with brawn and brainTo make what we could well afford—I’ll treasure…

Trigger Warning

Hank and ChopperGrew distressed byThe gunshot thatShattered their peaceIn the dramaWe’d returned toAfter holding offFor yearsTo manage your anxietyAdopted fromFamily trauma ofSeptember 11th andTwo friendsLost to suicide.Hank and Chopper:Two friendsAdopted fromFamily drama.He’d shattered his peaceFor yearsGrew distressedTo manage our anxietyFrom the traumaOf September 11thHe returnedAfter holding offThe gunshotLost, a suicide.

Quarantine Day 21

Second poem of the month: something light and fun today after 21 days of self-isolation. Hank and Chopper Our house isn’t ours, it’s Chopper’s and Hank’s:One likes to dig and the other one stanks Hank’s a retriever who loves orange toysAnd Chopper gets scared of the tiniest noise. They wrestle ferociously, but with affection(Though Hank…

Poetry in my life: An introduction

When I was in 8th grade I wrote a thousand lines of poetry. All rhyming, all to try and impress a girl (she wasn’t). Most of it was pretty bad, but it helped me cultivate a sense of meter and an appreciation for the well-chosen word and line. I kept writing semi-regularly for a decade…

The Best Money I Never Spent

I have a confession to make: I use a flip-phone. Not sometimes, as a break from my smartphone, not as a statement of fashion, but every day, as my phone. I’m probably not the typical non-smartphone user: I’m 34 years old, I first got a Facebook account while in college (though I rarely use it)…

Fight Safety

I still plan to do most of my thinking/writing on this site, but I wrote the linked piece below for broader share-ability as a reaction to the allegations of what went on on the set of Kill Bill. I first heard about the choking scene in Inglourious Basterds from a director on a student film…

Life Lessons from Pull-ups

Another year, another intention to write more/read more/work out more to become more of the intellectual/Renaissance man I aspire to be. I completed one of my resolutions last year, however, which was to do pull-ups on 100 days in the year (I fell laughably short on two others: to read 50 pages/day and to blog…

Jackpots, Complexity, and Difficulty

The Problem:  In considering decisions that do not have a transparent answer, many business leaders and strategists fail to distinguish between problems that are hard (i.e., those that require specialized skills or information that is not reliably or readily accessible) from those that are complex in that they require many steps to solve, but each…

Don’t Create Your Resume for Google

Google may provide access to most of the world’s information, but if Laszlo Bock’s statements (or at least Tom Friedman’s restatement of them) in last Sunday’s New York Times are an indication, that informational access is no guarantee of wisdom.  Mr. Bock’s opinions on what skills make a job applicant competitive overlook five major issues…