Journal

This is not a personal diary, but the topics are often related to personal experiences, opinions, and observations.

Never forget Lady Fortuna's influence: Good decisions can turn out poorly due to bad luck, and it is equally possible for terrible decisions to work out well due to good luck.
Interacting with someone who lies is hazardous, whether in personal or business life. What can we learn about dealing with liars from 16th century philosopher Michel de Montaigne?
Recent “quiet quitting” headlines mostly represent click-bait, but the decline in social mores regarding work ethic still have negative implications.
Even if you enjoy an activity once you are engaged in it, the first few steps can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help us get started.
The Rational Walk is no longer on Twitter after thirteen years of using the platform. Readers should consider subscribing to Rational Reflections to receive new content.
Personal reflections on September 11, 2001 written two decades after the horrendous terrorist attacks on the United States changed the course of the new century.
Reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic written in April 2021, a time when the widespread availability of vaccines gave society renewed hope for a return to relative normalcy.
Thoughts on the counterproductive initiation ritual of working crazy hours and the tendency many people have to conflate face time with commitment and productivity.
Accepting misery early in your career in exchange for a higher salary is almost always a huge mistake, yet many people make this tradeoff.
The pandemic turbo-charged the move to virtual worlds and this trend may persist in the long run. But what have we lost in the process?
As Mark Twain said, a person who won't read has no real advantage over a person who can't read. It makes no sense to refuse to learn vicariously.
The first transition of executive power between rival political parties took place after the election of 1800 and it did not go smoothly.
Morning pages is an effective form of journaling in which one sits down to write a few pages of "stream of consciousness" thoughts right after waking up.
To go the distance, you must pace yourself whether the race you are running is a marathon or saving and investing money for your financial security.
The most outwardly visible sign of the pandemic has been the use of masks. From the beginning, masks have been mired in unnecessary controversy.
Written at the start of the pandemic, this article ponders how the world will change and, if anything, seems to have underestimated the impact on society.
Surreal scenes from the weekend of March 14-15, 2020 when the reality of the pandemic seemed to finally set in, at least for most people.
What is the right balance between form and function? Is there an inherent trade-off that must be made between beauty and practical utility?
Sometimes, it is necessary to disconnect from the modern world. Such was the case in 2019 when I spent a week off-grid in the mountains.
Reflections on ten years of writing The Rational Walk, with a focus on how things can evolve in ways one cannot initially envision.
A personal journal entry written on January 21, 2017 and later posted publicly as President Trump's term in office came to an end.