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 […]

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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 […]

London Inspired a Generation

I recently finished watching the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. (I know … I have been behind!) But I was at a wedding that evening, but wanted to desperately watch it. And now that I have, I can’t stop watching it. Olympic planning committees have a way of being their own worst enemies […]

Why I Love My Dad

Mothers and daughters and fathers and sons. Those are two very special relationships. I’ve been lucky to experience the ups and down of both. But I know, that as a 28 year old man, I love my dad. It is a beautiful thing to say; especially since I didn’t say it growing up. There are […]

Why I Love My Mom

My family is interesting. I’m not my mom’s first child. I’m her middle child, but I am my dad’s first. I have an older sister and a younger brother and we are all about four years apart. In a way, that was perfect for us kids and in a way, it provided a buffer so […]

Newsletter: Live Unconditionally

Do not apologize for who you are. When you do, you destroy yourself. It has taken me 28.5 years to even begin to understand that concept, and it will probably take me 28.5 more years to perfect this idea. Former president Richard M. Nixon started to say it: “Always remember that others may hate you […]