I Crown You Miss Direction

My wife and I were watching season four of House Of Cards the other night (don’t worry, no spoilers here). At one point we had to pause the stream to figure out what the hell was actually going on.

There was what we knew to be true, which was different from what some of the characters believed to be true, but compounding it all was additional information that had only be suggested, but net yet confirmed.

As we sorted through the information in front of the frozen screen, it occurred to me that the writers were employing a complex implementation of the primary tool used by magicians. Although not physical “slight of hand,” nearly every plot line and twist we were trying to untangle was obscured by misdirection… and everyone was falling for it. […]

White Guy Wrap

Right after college I moved back home to save money so I could move to New York City. The plan was to pursue a career in acting/directing/writing, and to do that I would need some cash in the bank. By December of 1991, I had enough socked away. I found an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and I prepared to move.

There is a store in Rochester, NY called The Boxman. As you might assume they sell boxes; new boxes, used boxes, packing materials, tape and anything you might need to go with your boxes. […]


For The Love Of Eggplant

As regular readers of this blog are aware, I like to cook. I do the vast majority of the cooking for our family and I have even been known to cater a party for more than 100 people from time to time.

Keeping the bellies of four teenagers full is no small task.

Not a day goes by without someone crying, “There is nothing to eat in this house!”

This is often within minutes of a full meal ending. I just walk away, finally understanding how Sisyphus felt. […]

The Student Stock Market

This piece was originally published in 2015, but as we head into the 2016 season of state testing, our children and their teachers are under tremendous pressure to focus more on test scores than actual learning. At every opportunity, tell anyone who will listen that our schools, our kids and our future deserve better.

Regular readers of this blog know that I have not lived what people would call a “standard” life. That said, I’m going to show you that there is no such thing.

Over the last several years, the issues of standardized testing and common core curriculum in our schools have risen to the top of the public conversation.

On one side of the argument is the desire to measure both student achievement and teacher performance. Politicians love this because it gives them data to support declarations of “look what I did” when numbers are up, and conversely “look what you did” (directed at teachers & administrators) when numbers are down. […]


Won’t Get Fooled Again

From the day of their birth, children are full of surprises. In the early years, the unexpected presents itself in the realm of bodily functions, and the awkwardness of a new human fumbling in a world with which they are unfamiliar.

As they figure out the bathroom and other mechanical necessities of life, the surprises shift towards their burgeoning little personalities. In the case our family, me wife and I brought four new Nazarians into the world in just forty-two months.

That is not a typo, we had four kids in three and a half years, one at a time, no twins.

Whenever someone asks which transition is the toughest I answer like this: […]