Car Talk

Remembering A Car Talk Brother

It was my dad who turned me onto Car Talk — the famous, or infamous if you didn’t like the show — many, many years ago. Today, I am thankful for that introduction back in our single-car garage in Mason City, Iowa, on some random Saturday one summer. Last week, one of the Car Talk […]

Iowa Windmills

Returning to Iowa

As my rental truck trudged out of Astoria, New York, across the Gov. Christie-made famous George Washington Bridge and towards the West, a mix of excitement and fear cursed through my veins. I’m a young —nearly 31 — professional who just relocated back to Iowa from the energy and excitement of New York City. I […]

Department of State

Supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline

For the last five years, the phrase Keystone XL has been in and out of the news. Sometime this year it will either be cemented as a part of the American energy story or it will fade away in the political battles of today. The Keystone pipeline is an oil pipeline that runs from Canada […]

Nick Troiano at the Harvard Forum

A New Day in Politics

In the last two weeks, three candidates have been appearing in my Facebook news feed more and more and I believe they signal a rising tide of passionate, informed, dedicated, and ready public servants. The trifecta of Nick Troiano, Carl DeMaio, and Domenic Gelsomino, are candidates for a 21st Century world. Let’s start with Domenic […]

Joe Scarborough

How Joe Scarborough Can Become President

This story originally appeared on Medium. In order to win a national election in this country, you have to have a few things going in your favor. First, you must have an electable persona. It sounds cliche but it is true in today’s media-driven world. Look at candidates like Mitt Romney and Al Gore; super-smart […]

A Week of Heroism

It didn’t strike me until late Friday afternoon how emotionally drained I was from last week. No matter how many times our country and our world goes through a terrible act — terrorism or natural disaster — it always takes time for the pain to set in. And at each of those events, the days […]

Hurricane

Hurricane Sandy Destroyed My Home

I lived through Hurricane Irene (even if it was only a Tropical Storm when it made landfall last year near me here in New York City). In fact, about 10 days before that I experienced my first-ever earthquake too! Last week I lived through my first true hurricane. The lady Sandy made landfall late Sunday […]