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Be a Goldfish

Be a Goldfish

How long is it healthy to regret your worst error? I’m working on a streak of about 46 years. Goldfish have a working memory of about 10 seconds.

In the exceptional new show “Ted Lasso,” the title character dispenses some Zen-like wisdom to a player who spends all of his energy stewing over his last bad play: “Be a goldfish.”

Blursday for Parents

Blursday for Parents

Raising and educating kids is hard work that requires a ton of resources and support. It is an investment in our future. So…

Why do we treat parents so poorly?

Learning to Fall

Learning to Fall

I love to run on the nature trail around Haverford College. Parts of the trail weave through trees that offer lovely shade and coolness. But those benefits also come with costs.

Feeling like I was gliding along on one early morning run, I tripped on one of those tiny roots in the trail, falling forward in slow motion, brutally landing on my hands and knees.

Wait! What?

Wait! What?

I have had so many “Wait! What?” moments in the last 12 months, each leading me think about how I could be contributing to bias against BIPOC, LGBTQ, and neurodivergent people. Everything that we do and feel is in relation to one another, and with ourselves.

Do you feel safe?

Do you feel safe?

The pandemic has fallen on our society like rain on a staircase, running more easily off the privileged top steps and deluging the families on the lower rungs with a flood of accumulated intensity.

I Concede

I Concede

When politicians lose their elections, their campaign season is over, and they make a call: “I concede.”

When is your season over? And who do you call to concede defeat?

You win, pandemic!

You win, uncertainty.