This Sunday, as most Sundays before I start a workweek, I turn inward. My nature is to live in the moment. I have a tendency to lose track of time. This tendency has caused me to feel fully present when I’m with people and not stress about what could happen in the future, but has also bitten me in the ass. Since I’m not predisposed to worry about what can happen next, I deal with avoidable problems. Continue reading “Sunday Mental Preparations”→
I grew up in two Brooklyn communities: Williamsburg and Bushwick. These communities, especially the former, are hallmark examples of gentrification. In the 70s and 80s they were poor ethnic parts of the city with cheap rents and high crime. As the gentrification story goes, alternative communities made of of artists and similar folks moved in. Their presence caused new business to crop up, which attracted more people, which lowered crime, which attracted more people, which raised rents, which drove out many of the ethnic residents who could no longer afford to live there. Continue reading “Can I Gentrify my own Community?”→
Last year I participated in a program called Leadership New York that is run by an organization called Coro. This was a 9-month part-time program for 50 mid-career professionals who worked in non-profit, for-profit, and government.
The program was one part leadership skill development, one part networking, and one part deep dive into New York City’s biggest issues in topics like education, health care, and public safety. Continue reading “My Life as a Case Study”→
This November I will be running the New York City Marathon, my third race at this distance but first in this location. While the race itself will be great (I live right on the course and have been able to cheer on my friends who have done it the last few years), the real value of the experience will come from the training.
A big reason why I decided to get into education was because I felt like there was a massive waste of potential happening in schools that were under-educating poor children. Society was wasting genius by not investing in schools.
Wasted potential infuriates me. I was taught that this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
With that said, I’d like to induct a member into my personal Hall of Fame. My Hall of Fame may not be full of celebrities, but the world deserves to know their names.
The only thing more popular than Pokemon Go is people making snide comments about Pokemon Go.
I’ve been a fan of niche interests like mixed martial arts and chess for a long time, so I’m used to people saying “I don’t get it.”
But as I walk down the street hearing people criticize Pokemon Go, it reminds me of the joy people have in telling you how shitty they are at math. How they don’t know anything about technology. Their ignorance of the game is a signal of their refined predilections.
If you criticize Pokemon Go in my presence without presenting a substantive argument, I’m going to judge you. I may not say it aloud, but in my head I’m looking at you like Stanley from The Office.
There are plenty of criticisms to make of the game and the people who play it. It says something about our society that you can mobilize hundreds of people to catch a Vaporion in Central Park but police brutality results in blank stares and empty streets.
Given that, if you say any phrase that celebrates your ignorance of Pokemon Go, expect my judgement. After all, I didn’t say anything when I got all those damned FarmVille invitations on Facebook. I ignored them and went about my business.