A car hit one girl as she rode her Bicycle Another boy stood up to a wall and he fell We are noisy weights Like blacksmiths the truth heavy like being thrown in I dream about lions I dream about wolves Pulling out of the bar’s gravel parking lot Leaving for work Moving away I […]Read more "like being thrown in"
I have Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. My father has it, so I knew I had a 50% chance of having it. After my kidney infection, I decided it was time to know whether I had ADPKD or not. My father is in his 70s and still has pretty decent kidney function, even if his […]Read more "The Kidneys Strike Back"
I started drinking Sierra Nevada’s pale ale around 2005, just after the company’s lowest point in sales since it opened in the early 80s. You could say that the brewery and I grew together. I was in my senior year at Marquette University, located in the middle of a brewer’s dystopia, Milwaukee, Wisc., when Sierra […]Read more "Brew Stories"
I am in Cyprus this month to visit family and conduct research for my Master’s thesis in Architecture. The subject is how architecture and urban design can contribute to peace building and reunification of the island. For those of you who don’t know about this tiny island in the Mediterranean, let me give you a […]Read more "The Other Side of The Wall"
My stepdad asked my mom if I’m depressed. Perhaps jokingly. He thought I’d been writing about a lot of hard stuff lately. I don’t feel depressed. But I have been feeling a bone-deep sensitivity. And it’s had me thinking about fairness. I’ve heard that the happiest people understand that life is not fair. That life isn’t […]Read more "How to Live in an Unjust World"
Sit in the front row. It will make you look smarter. Know that the people who seem smarter, probably aren’t. They just put in more time. You will never have enough time, but you have more than you think. Stop playing video games. Raise your hand. Visit your professor’s office. Do not begin with […]Read more "Advice to My Students on the First Day of Class"