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 […]

Mental Health

The Status of Mental Health in the US

While it is too early to make judgments on the missed opportunities, it appears that the recent shooting in Santa Barbara was, in fact, preventable. On ABC World News Tonight on the evening of May 24, they reported that the alleged killer in the shooting spree had recently spoken with police at the urging of […]

Experian Social Security

What is Social Security?

Social Security has often been called the third rail of American politics; you touch it and you die. Well, today, we are going to grasp it with both hands so that we may better understand it so that we may better improve it for future generations. In this week’s video, we look at the origin […]

The Kindness Commodity

This post first appeared on Medium. The value of kindness on the open market Growing up on the rolling hills of Iowa, I was constantly surrounded by kindness. It is a commodity that is in short supply in the concrete jungle that is New York City. This past weekend I spent hours walking the paths […]

Newsletter: Home Again

It’s trite in American politics — the idea of a “New Beginning” — and yet it is used by someone during every election cycle. Don’t stop reading! I’m not going to bore you with the tales of the election that has just past. Instead, I believe I will regale you with a short story about […]

gay blood ban graphic

A Change is Needed

I’m gay. This is not news. I have a dear friend who is in need of a second bone-marrow transplant. I have long known that as a gay man, in this country I am unable to donate blood because I have had sex since 1977. Note: I was born in 1984. To my surprise, this […]

Fears Are Imaginary

This article is not about a wheelchair. And it is not about tennis. It is about self-motivation, improvement and simple decisions to eliminate invisible barriers. While Jamie Burdekin and Esther Vergeer’s stories are different, their lessons are quite similar. Jamie and Esther represent some of the best tennis talent on the planet. They are connected […]