Open Happiness

Dusting off the blog to give a few thoughts on the Mad Men finale. A few caveats: I stayed up way to late to read recaps and reviews, so I don’t know if I have many truly original thoughts. You simply must read Tom & Lorenzo’s “Mad Style” recap. They do such a great job.…

What Type of Society Do We Want to Live in?

There are lots of provocative¬†ideas in this blog post discussing a new book from¬†John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, but I was most struck by this sentence: “disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise.” I’ve never been a fan of the idea that our country has been in…

The American Dream: A Case for Optimism

What is the essence of the American Dream? A house, two cars, and 2.3 children that will grow up to live a better, more fulfilling live than you did? This dream seems beyond the grasp for many Americans in the wake of the Great Recession and a global economy that appears to help stratify the…

Nobody Enjoys Planning for Retirement

Some say that truly successful people are those who are willing to invest their time – and perhaps money – to pursue long-term goals. Long term goals require a certain amount of delayed gratification. Take the high school student who stays in to study so he can get into a good college so he can…