Trump Baits CNN; They Fall For It

Trump struck gold yesterday with his tweet body-slamming CNN. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/881503147168071680 I saw it this morning, laughed, showed Fernanda, and moved on. But the media and Democrats have spent all day crying about how it’s an attack on the press. One commentator even said, “This is what the fascists did in the 30s!” Whoa. Relax. It was funny. And it’s not like Trump’s wrong to say that CNN has it out for him. I’m all for calling him out when he’s wrong, and he gets it wrong all the time. But CNN spends all day manufacturing outrage headlines. They’ve become the …

Today Was a Good Writing Day: Here’s Why

Today was a good writing day. I put my trust in the process. Yesterday was a bad writing day. I procrastinated and resisted it the whole way through. Like checking the time on the stairmaster every 30 seconds. Torture. But today, I took the pressure off it. As I got up, I didn’t tire myself with thought, worrying about xyz. I didn’t ponder what I was gonna write or if I felt like writing. I just sat down and focused on being grateful that I have the opportunity to get up and do what I enjoy.  I have some practical …

AMERICAN PSYCHO Is a Cultural Achievement

American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a rich 26-year-old investment banker in 1989 New York City. You jump from the glitzy vibe of 1980s nightclub culture to the finer points of men’s fashion to mind-bending horror reminiscent of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. American Psycho is caustic, it’s so New York, it’s so 1980s. But it’s become more relevant since its 1991 publication, putting aside Patrick’s obsession with Donald Trump. There’s something magical about the prose. It’ll challenge you. Bret Easton Ellis, the author, has the skill to make you bust out laughing in one paragraph and make …

Getting Back to Healthy Habits

For the last month, I didn’t prioritize my health. I just kinda kicked the can down the road, going out to eat, skipping workouts. This weekend, Fernanda and I found ourselves just feeling bad, and we knew it was because we’d ignored our fitness for too long. It really comes down to making the next decision a good one. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been off for a while. Just stop putting off what you know you need to do. Your body will thank you when you eat right and exercise. My mind—and I think everyone experiences this—will try to convince …

Sharing is Healing

Sharing your story can help you grow past what’s happened. I’ve felt compelled to write the story between my Dad and I. When I get lost in the writing I feel this warm, buzzing feeling in my body. I tap my foot and bob my head and blast out how I feel. Getting up to write feels like spending time with him, inhabiting a time when he was alive and cracking jokes or musing philosophically. I craved my Dad for most of my life, and when the opportunity finally came to get to know him, it came with a deadline. …