A Field Guide to Getting Lost

“Three years ago I was giving a workshop in the Rockies. A student came in bearing  a quote from what she said was the pre-Socratic philosopher Meno. It read, “‘How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you?’” I copied it down, and it has stayed with…

The Myth of Tolerance

I mentioned that I’m teaching Spanish for a local high school right now. Most of the classes I teach are responsible, respectful, and engaging. There are definitely issues with overusing cell-phones in my class, but after confiscating three phones and requiring they conjugate verbs to get them back, almost everyone has become much more efficient at…

Self-Care in the Middle of Upheaval

These are difficult days, full of anger, frustration, powerlessness, and for many genuine indignation. We’re trying to keep up with fast moving political change. Irregardless of where you fall on the whole political spectrum, chances are you’re overwhelmed, tense, and more drained than normal. Sunday morning I took John to the airport and when I got home,…