To Infinity and Beyond (or) Why We’re All Buzz Lightyear

A few weeks ago, I caught Toy Story on TV. I haven’t seen it in at least fifteen years, and obviously it holds up brilliantly. But I forgot – or as a kid, didn’t notice – the intense shifts in belief and self-doubt that Buzz Lightyear goes through. And it occurred to me that really, … More To Infinity and Beyond (or) Why We’re All Buzz Lightyear

On Figs, Master of None and the Yearnings of Youth

I recently finished watching Master of None on Netflix – by “watching”, I mean “devouring”. In short, it’s incredible. Go watch it now. Without giving anything away, the last episode pulls a quote from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, a book I haven’t read since my junior year of college. It goes like this: “I … More On Figs, Master of None and the Yearnings of Youth

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying before – a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Well, that’s often said about companies, countries and charity organizations, but the same can be said of people. You are greater than the sum of your parts. I got to thinking about this after watching an exceedingly tense … More Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

Sometimes You’ve Just Gotta Say “What the F*ck.”

I’m a big fan of ’80s movies, and I love no character quite as much as I love Miles, Joel Goodman’s requisite best friend in Risky Business. Miles is brilliant. Miles got chased by Guido the killer pimp the night before his trig midterm. Miles delivered this bit of cinematic brilliance: “Sometimes you’ve just gotta … More Sometimes You’ve Just Gotta Say “What the F*ck.”

That Christmas Feeling, and Other Nonsense of Importance

I am a firm believer in the totally absurd idea that if I think really hard about someone – think “I love you”, think “I miss you”, think “I care” – then somehow, the universe will find a way to make that sentiment known to the person in question. This is obviously ridiculous. But hell, … More That Christmas Feeling, and Other Nonsense of Importance