Sapiens

Sapiens

Another book recommendation that showed up on my Kindle recently was Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I'd seen the book at the store and on the Internet, but I had no idea what it was about except that it said it was the history of homo sapiens. Kind of a broad topic, but it was [...]

Graduation

Graduation

So my adventure in getting rid of most social media ended sooner than I expected. But before you think of me as weak-willed, let me explain. In the past few years, my main activity on Facebook is to watch over many of my former students to see how their lives are going. As of today, [...]

Hamilton

Hamilton

One of the nice things about being a history nerd is that it's often easy to find good deals on books. If you're patient enough, even highly acclaimed books will show up in the bargain section of the book store, as recently happened when I found Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton for $5. If it would [...]

Simplicity

Simplicity

Recently, there was a set of articles in the Style section (strangely enough) of the New York Times that discussed Generation X and the oddities of the 1990s. Of course, I didn't think the 1990s were weird at all. My four years of high school and four more years as an undergrad all took place [...]

Superheroes

Superheroes

Like any decent pre-Internet teenage boy, I got hooked on comic books when I was in junior high. By hooked, I mean I would spend my entire $20 allowance on comics without thinking twice. I very carefully read every word before placing them delicately into a plastic cover with a cardboard backing and putting them [...]

Reset

Reset

So...we moved into our new house a little over two weeks ago. I was hoping for the process to go by quickly, but I never expected this. Once we put our house on the market, it sold in 11 days! We had three offers and got our asking price. That was all well and good, [...]

Moving

Moving

I intended to write more often in 2019. Not so much a resolution...just a desire to get these random thoughts out of my head. There's a saying about good intentions, but hopefully that doesn't apply here. Um... Instead, much of my new year has been absorbed by my wife and I deciding (with the help [...]