Editorial

Life is Good!

Life is Good!

As I watch the sunflowers in my backyard move gently in the breeze, I remember spending time with my mother just a few months ago, planting seeds in trays. We filled the trays with potting mix, placed seeds in tiny holes by making slight indentations with the thumb...
It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me

“Bullshit is everywhere. There is very little that you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullshit.” Those words formed the opening of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show exit monologue. As breakup speeches go, Stewart’s was delightfully wry and...
Rapists Aren’t Victims

Rapists Aren’t Victims

Sometimes it’s just 20 minutes of action behind a dumpster. Sometimes it’s just the time it takes to go up and down an elevator. But lives are “deeply altered” nonetheless. The father of a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault made headlines...
Being the Best

Being the Best

I have lately been reading passages from  Marcus Aurelius’ book The Meditations. I have a third hand copy of this classic written by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus who recorded, judged and analyzed his own motivations  over the course of twenty years. It...
The Audacity of My Secularism

The Audacity of My Secularism

At a dinner recently, the conversation drifted to the politics of religion in India. A friend, who relocated to India about a decade ago, scoffed at the idea of secularism. He called it “appeasement politics,” a political creed that has resulted in the marginalization...
An Infinite Series of Beautiful Patterns

An Infinite Series of Beautiful Patterns

You’ve probably heard this story, but it bears repeating: In 1918, when Cambridge mathematician G. H. Hardy visited his protégé, Srinivasa Ramanujan, at Putney, they boarded cab number 1729. Habitually given to looking for distinguishing patterns in numbers, Hardy...