It’s Okay If You’re Not An Entrepreneur



The hype train about entrepreneurship is at full speed these days.

You can’t swing a dead cat online without hitting a pile of articles about why now is the time to own your own business, why you need to quit your day job and follow your “passion”, why The Man is just in it to keep you down and how being an entrepreneur is the only path to wealth and redemption and legitimacy.

I call bullshit.  [Read more…]

The Life Out Loud Manifesto



The web makes authentic, personal communication both easier and more challenging than ever before.

We have been given incredible technology that allows us to connect and communicate regardless of geography, regardless of circumstance, with people and ideas that we may never have otherwise encountered.

Online, there is always a way to find someone just like us. Whether we love mallard ducks or glacier climbing or quantum physics, we can reach out and discover the people who whole-heartedly love and are passionate about the same things that make us tick.

We can also expand our universe, our horizons, our minds and our hearts. By sharing the fabric of our humanity that is uniquely our own and opening our eyes and thoughts to people who do the same, we can find beauty in both our commonalities and our distinction.

But the only way to truly forge those connections in a lasting, valuable way is to put our genuine selves out there. To say boldly: “Here I am. Here is what I stand for. Here is what I love and what I don’t and what I would like to know more about. Here is where I hurt. Here is where I stumble. Here is me, unapologetically, without pretense, without shame.” [Read more…]

For Ruthie



My grandmother was always a force of nature.

She died on Thursday, February 25th at 1:15 in the afternoon, with my mom – her only daughter – holding her hand.

When I got there about 5 minutes afterward, she was as still as I’d ever seen her. It was humbling and haunting to see her not laughing, not fussing, not hollering at someone or even quietly but intently watching the Cubbies on TV. [Read more…]