Why I Got Stopped For Driving While Black

I have had run-ins with the police before. Generally I am driving too fast, or have a headlight out, or am destroying the DC metro system (not that it needs any help), but almost all of these interactions have been, in a way, pleasant. I am polite to the officers, apologizing for my heinous crimes, […]

Sharing: A Losing Proposition

Even before I had children, I couldn’t wait to become a father. I don’t know if it was a biological imperative, or if I just really loved hanging out with kids, but there was never a question in mind as to whether or not I wanted some of my own. I wanted some. I wanted […]

The Benefits of Not Having a Wife

We’re home. My wife is finished with grad school (at least the being away from home part of it), and we are all reunited for the foreseeable future. It has been a long several weeks, and I have tried to stay positive as always, even without the love of my life around. In case you, […]

Watchers and Doers, Sitters and Singers

In any arts organization that provides some sort of live production (and probably those that don’t), there is a constant struggle to fill the seats with more butts.  For financial reasons, ticket sales are important.  For spiritual reasons, audience cultivation gives one a sense of purpose and the hope that perhaps one is not wasting […]

A Free Cone Day Miracle

Yesterday, as I’m sure you all knew, was free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s.  As a Vermonter, and the person who ate a pint of Phish Food every single night for dinner for at least one year of college, this is a sacred event.  We do not miss Free Cone Day.  And yet, my […]

Believing in Place

As has become my tradition (three times makes it a tradition I guess), I am posting the sermon that I gave yesterday in church.  The only thing that I want to say about it ahead of time is that, though I think its themes are universal, it has been tailored very specifically to my congregation […]


We have a tradition in our car.  Whenever we drive by a certain hillside on a certain section of highway between Williston and South Burlington, the driver will shout out “WHALE TAILS!” and then everyone else in the car will echo back.  “WHALE TAILS!”  We have done this for as long as I can remember, […]

Surprise Tenth Anniversary Vow Renewal

For our fifth anniversary, I surprised my wife by flying her to Las Vegas and staging a vow renewal ceremony at an Elvis wedding chapel.  It was our thought at that time that every five years seemed like a good opportunity to recommit to each other, and so we started thinking about our tenth anniversary. […]

Double Free Cone Day

In case you missed it, yesterday was Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.  And if you did miss it, well, I feel very sorry for you.  There is nothing more delicious than Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, except for free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and since the price of a small cone is […]

Things I Will Miss Forever

A very sad thing happened to me last night.  As we are in the middle of moving (again!) and I had not unpacked the kitchen yet, the family spent another exciting dinner at the mall food court.  I went up to the Taco Bell and tried to order my usual, except my usual no longer […]