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The Blerd Identity (audio blog)

Impunity

Politically Reactive is one of my favorite podcasts. The hosts, Hari Kondabolu and not-my-spirit-animal-because-that-would-be-culturally insensitive W. Kamau Bell, are funny and insightful and they have incredible guests on every week. I started listening as the election was winding up. Their episode after the election… a sheer “what the fuck just happened” moment… was incredibly cathartic. … Continue reading

The Fighter: An Ode to Scott

There are all kinds of friendships that you have in your life. There are best friends. You’re blessed if you get more than three of those in a lifetime. There are good friends. Usually that’s your inner circle, the folks that you call up when big life events happen. I guess the number of these … Continue reading

Demon Days: Reflecting on a month of depression

I’ve been dealing with an onset of depression recently. It’s weird. Sometimes I feel like I talk about my depression the way people talk about colds. “I caught some depression while I was outside the other day”. ┬áMaybe it’s more like the way people talk about allergies. “Man, my depression is really bothering me.” Sometimes … Continue reading

Self Talk: Memorial Day, 2017

Between driving between Arlington and Baltimore and Baltimore and Pittsburgh, I spend a lot of time in the car. I thought that maybe I would spend some of that time a little more “productively”, whatever that means. So here’s the first edition of what I am tentatively calling “Self talk”. Let me know what you … Continue reading

Feast or Famine

This week I did something that I have not done for a long time; I fasted. My colleague at Arlington Presbyterian Church is on staff at Bread for the World. Bread is Christian organization that empowers people to reach out to policy makers on behalf of the chronically hungry around the world. In anticipation of … Continue reading

This is My Daughter’s World…

Earlier this week, Sophia Jade Weston turned five years old. I must confess to you that I was not in the best of places when my daughter was born. I was in the midst of what I now understand was a deep depressive episode. I was starting a new job in a part of the … Continue reading

Our Mother, Who art in Heaven…

Some time ago, I was in a bit of a writing slump and I asked my patrons if they had suggestions of subjects about which I should write. I got a few responses, all good, and I’ve written on a few of them. My friend David suggested writing about the Lord’s prayer in an age … Continue reading

A Second Chance…

Last week I proposed to my girlfriend, Shannon. And, to end the suspense, she said “yes”. It’s been a long road to get here. We’ve been through a lot in a short time. We both bring tremendous gifts and passions to our relationship. We also both came in with a lot of baggage. I added … Continue reading

Four things that disappointed me and one that didn’t

I clearly hit “send” on my piece about white mediocrity too soon. I clearly underestimated the tour de force of “meh” that was Marvel’s Netflix series Iron Fist, or as the folks on FANBros podcast called him Copper Palms. The pacing, the casting, the story, the direction, the visuals… top to bottom this was a … Continue reading