Sprint vs. Marathon

Yesterday, I was thinking about how people train for a marathon. It seems pretty straightforward: you run a little more each day to build up stamina, you eat appropriate food to get more energy, and you get advice from other experienced people who have run marathons before. What you don't do is sprint short distances, … Continue reading Sprint vs. Marathon

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The Next Day

If you've been in a long, deep slumber and looked outside to see the sun on the horizon, you would not be able to tell if the sun was setting or rising. It's the solar equivalent of the glass being half empty or half full: the only difference is what has changed from before and … Continue reading The Next Day

Shortcuts

When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts

Record of Wrongs

Conflict relies on a record of wrongs: recalling how/when someone has crossed us, the personnel file tracks infractions from an employee, uncollected debts are recounted. As such, we're inherently taught to avoid certain people, to label them as unreliable or assume the worst of intentions, and to withhold generosity, forgiveness, or compassion. It's reasonable: we … Continue reading Record of Wrongs

Culturally Competent Communications

There's a growing trend in the intersection between diversity, equity, and inclusion work and marketing: culturally competent communications. I've even delivered a couple of workshops on the topic. It's related to other fields of cultural competence -  understanding and appropriately responding to the unique combination of cultural variables and the full range of dimensions of … Continue reading Culturally Competent Communications

Go Big or Go Home

Go big or go home is a popular adage that exhorts you to go all in, to experience something to its fullest. Like other catch phrases, it's easier said than done. In one sense, it might dissuade people from trying at all - "Don't bother unless you put your entire self into it." In another, … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

I'm sitting in a bath tub. The band is out exploring DC and grabbing dinner while I'm I'm trying to get rested up because tomorrow is the big day at the Supreme Court. Since landing here, I've received a over 21,000 messages and phone calls. It's been back to back interviews, performances, and appearances...in other … Continue reading Written in a Tub, One Year Ago

What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us

In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White … Continue reading What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us