Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:34pm

Where is the line between productive debate and dangerous discourse?

At what point do we, as the collective public, identify specific “speech” as blatantly racist rhetoric that is not meant to be discussed or debated, but instead only meant to inspire and amplify the message to the future followers of modern-day fascists who endanger our democracy?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 2:21pm

I hate sports.

I have absolutely no interest in any team, franchise, game or athlete.

My lack of care immediately disqualifies me from 95 percent of all conversations occurring within reach of a bottle of Budweiser, as men are horrified at my utter neglect over the statistics of the most recent game of the home concussions versus the away concussions.

Yet, though I don't care for sports, I do care for politics.

And I don't just care — I know politics like a Vegas bookie knows sports.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:39pm

Two of the most destructive hurricanes in our country’s history just finished ravishing the coastline of our southern seaboard, and it made for great TV.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:10am
Some things just don't mix well.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 6:49pm

Recently, on an early Monday morning, I was sitting in a crowded coffee shop sipping a large cup of scalding anxiety stimulant as I awaited an upcoming interview for an internship. I was running on a restful three hours of sleep due to the after effects of spending my Saturday night enthusiastically switching from bar to bar with old friends. So, extremely anxious and lacking in sleep, my progress of memorizing answers for the interview ahead was interrupted by some nostalgia.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:27pm

The small towns of northern Michigan that dot the coast of the Great Lakes offer some escape from the chaotic and hyperconnected world we live in. The majority of Michiganders who grew up in the more-populated southern part of the state understand the peaceful and nostalgic nature of what “up north” is. Every small, coastal community has its own personality; brief visits to towns like Petoskey, Traverse City, Alpena and Harbor Springs offer their own unique experiences.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:11pm

Currently, it seems that the tumultuous political environment of America will never calm, and the news of Mark Zuckerberg awkwardly testing the waters of the potential presidential arena only adds to the absurdity of our present democratic state.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 7:36am

There is a story I often tell people which I believe captures the absolutely cliché nature of my “all-American childhood” — and also demonstrates why I grew up a little more mature than other kids.

It’s a story about my dead dog.

Way back in time when my imagination flourished and my sense of society was confined to the people in my Catholic school, my parents decided that a puppy would make an excellent addition to the white picket fence, big backyard and two-screaming-kids family they had created.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:57pm

I am always surprised by how much larger places are than I imagine. With every arrival to a new country, my imagination collides head-on with the realities of the world as my flight descends toward a new airport.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

In my participation in the never-ending American consumer competition of material acquisition, I recently purchased a fitness-tracking smartwatch that not only monitors my semi-decent heart rate, but also tracks and maps my outdoor workouts through GPS technology. I enthusiastically wear, use and check this watch with nearly every activity I’m doing.

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