Category: Autobiography

Autobiography

On Being a Person of Size

Few realize the effort it takes to rebel against the oppressive spectre of obeso-normativity. To exist as a person of size is to be under constant threat of being appropriated into size-sameness. But I will #resist. America is full of folks of cis-weight homogeneity. But I wish for America to be weight diverse.  I’m for …

Autobiography

33 years and 33 thoughts

Here are 33 thoughts for my 33rd birthday. These are some of the ideas that have been in my head over the past year. You could think of it as instructions to my younger self. But it’s not merely that, as a great deal of it is just what occupied my mind this past year. …

Autobiography, Christianity

What I’ve Learned from Jordan Peterson

I’ve come to appreciate Jordan Peterson a lot. It’s rare for me to find a recent scholar from whom I learn more than one or two important things. Peterson is an exception.  Here are some of the main lessons I’ve learned from him:  Practically Speaking A key practice for good teaching is getting students to …

Autobiography, Basics

How I Escape the Dungeon

Everybody finds themselves in the dungeon from time to time. It’s that place where you feel like progress is impossible or meaningless, like you’ve gone too far in a wrong direction, or that there’s no such thing as the right direction. It’s so weird, because it feels like the same place no matter where you …

Autobiography

Remembering: Part 2

Previously, I mentioned the bizarre timing.  Two years ago, around the end of October, I ran into a friend at the bookstore. He was bandaged and seemed rather disheveled. He was wearing a hospital bracelet. A few days or weeks later (I can’t remember), his wife called to let me know that he had disappeared. I …

Autobiography

Remembering: Part 1

Every year, around the anniversary of his death, I sit and think about a friend. I’ve done this for several July’s in a row. This year I did not. My daughter had been born and I was utterly distracted from my normal habits.  In high school he was an atheist. We often argued about God’s existence …

Autobiography

Reflections on Fatherhood

This is just a stream of consciousness about the experience of fatherhood: When the struggles with Avery and Margot began toward the end of the pregnancy, I had never felt so defeated, alone, or weak. I didn’t handle it well, and I suspect I’m still recovering from that.  That’s not a complaint, it’s just a …

Autobiography, Politics

Conservatism Conserves What?

This is an edit of a post from October 21st, 2016 When I was in junior high I learned about conservatives and liberals. I was really confused about the fact that liberals wanted more rules for business owners and that conservatives wanted to spend more money on war. A couple of years later, I converted …

Autobiography, Music, Culture

Sting and the unbearable lightness of sorrow

I was born in the 80s. This means that I listened to a lot of the best music of the previous century as a child. But as you grow older, some music acquires new meaning, either because of your experiences or because you just finally became conscious enough to listen to the lyrics. When I …

Autobiography

Conclusions, no arguments.

I had titled this post, ‘random thoughts.’ But many of these are things I’ve thought a lot about. They aren’t random, they’re just topics I’d like to write about/discuss with folks but probably won’t write about for fear of wasting my time (only about two of my posts here have comments). Matthew’s gospel really was …