At the close of 2016, I left the United States.

My life had not matched the dream I’d been sold. I’d been raised to not only believe in the nuclear family, democratic rule, capitalism and romantic love, but to worship them. America and its values were the shining city on the hill, an example to all the world, to all of human history. We were winning. So much winning. Except…

We are #NotWinning.

An Introduction to The Story of Existence

In the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society,” Robin William’s character John Keating quotes Walt Whitman’s exquisite poem O Me! O Life!. This poem cuts through the drab ordinariness or unrelenting pain of living to give life a purpose: to contribute a Verse to the unfolding of the Universe.

If you are my friend, and you do me a favor, I will not buy you a bottle of wine […]