You really need to get out more often …

I was recently in Moab, Utah on a family hiking and mountain-biking trip. The desert terrain is surreal: bizarre, unearthly spires, arches, mounds, bridges, and hoodoos carved from the sandstone through millennia of erosion by wind and water. To walk through this land is to be reminded of the immensity of the natural world, its […]

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8 Lessons from my Mother

Over the last few months, as my mother’s health worsened (she had been suffering from dementia and complications for roughly the last 5 years), I’ve been thinking a lot about what her legacy has been, what her life meant to me and to our family, and what lessons she handed down to us over the […]

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Courage and Freedom

The crucial role of courage in personal freedom I don’t think of myself as a “courageous” person, at least not in a stereotypical way. We tend to think of “courage” as an attribute of firefighters, of the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces, or of media-celebrated heroes who are heedless […]

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6 Tips for a Great American Road Trip

A cliché of freedom in America is the classic road trip: getting out on the open road without much of a plan and letting adventure take the wheel is a tried-and true way of declaring your freedom from the routine, 9-to-5, cubicle-dwelling existence that many of us live day to day. So, when my 24-year-old […]

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