17 05, 2017

Four Reasons Smart People Aren’t Politicians

By |May 17th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Opinion, Politics, Society|

I wanted to be a political science major when I was younger. After I became one, I couldn't change majors fast enough. I believe the smartest minds of my generation have done the same. Since college (about 10 years ago), I've established myself as a writer, a commentator, and an ethical voice within the political spectrum. If I'm putting politically-focused text on this screen, it's worth the effort it took me to write it. Maybe I provoke radical thought. Maybe I'm just writing about common sens [...]

15 10, 2015

Hide and Seek with Lucy

By |October 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|

Beauty. It’s something that’s hiding everywhere we look. Maybe you don’t see it at first. Maybe you even go weeks with the ugliness of daily life being all that’s apparent. But it’s there, I promise. Forgive me. I’m attempting to redefine a word that is oft used around us to mean that which is sexy, attractive, or money-making. No. These things are not beauty; not by themselves. Sometimes they interact with beauty in great ways, but the word is much bigger than these things. I know, I know. Beau [...]

2 09, 2015

Lyft Driver Application – Dryving with Lyft

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Auto, Society, Tech|Tags: , , |

In the "Dryving with Lyft" blog series, I'll be writing about any fun (or not so fun) experiences I have over the next few months. I've been pleasantly surprised by the community Lyft created, and I want to share it with you. It'll hopefully inspire you to sign up with Lyft as a driver or a passenger. Hit the buttons below if you decide to take the leap. Don't sign up without a referral code; you'll lose out on extra money. Disclosure: if you sign up via these links, I get a kickback from Lyft. [...]

2 06, 2015

Yerdle Helps You Reduce Clutter, Get Free Stuff

By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , , |

American culture is full of wasteful thinking. We consume fast food in Styrofoam containers, we buy bottled water (seriously, that’s incredibly wasteful), and we throw out perfectly good clothes if they go out of style. Most of us have heard of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” concept, but how many of us care enough to participate? Thankfully, this movement is growing. What would you do if recycling your unwanted items became super easy? Would you actually do it? What would you do if that recycling [...]

2 03, 2015

How I Use Facebook in 2015

By |March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , |

When I first signed up for Facebook in 2004, it was an invitation-only service for select colleges. My college was one of the first on the list. I thought it was an exclusive club only the cool people knew about. I guess, at that point, it was. A few years down the road, they decided to add high schools to the service. I thought it was terrible decision at the time, but it didn't really affect me, so whatever. Then the inevitable happened: they allowed everyone to join the service. It turns out [...]

28 02, 2015

Banshees Aren’t Cute

By |February 28th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , , , , |

There are many new things to experience and learn as a first-time parent. I read a ton of articles and blogs to prepare myself as much as possible, yet my infant consistently surprises me or catches me off guard. Usually, they’re cute little things that come and go, as he gets older. I take a ton of photos and videos to remember all the behavioral stages, but I'd like to forget one of them. In fact, I’m hoping to block it completely from my memory. Babies get more fun as they begin smiling and t [...]

12 02, 2015

People Hate Green Bubbles – The New Class Discriminator

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I'm judging you every time you text me. I don't actually care much, but there are plenty of people on Twitter who judge others based on the color of their texts. This is silly, right? Why would the color of my texts matter? Apparently, it means everything to some iPhone owners. They're absolutely appalled when someone sends them a green bubble. People hate green bubbles. If you don't believe me, do a quick search on Twitter for "green bubbles." You'll see tweets like this: If I'm texting you [...]

28 02, 2013

How to Date, Marry and Be Awesome – Part One

By |February 28th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Religion, Society|

I had a friend ask me recently if I had any advice for dating a nonbeliever. (I'm going to focus on a secular view of dating for this article, so don't run away if you're not a Christian.) There are many factors that affect Christian dating, but I have a one-word response to dating a nonbeliever: don't. I'm not just saying that because I think it's a bad idea, I'm saying that because scripture says it's a bad idea. I do agree, however, that it's a bad idea. Instead of trying to address everythin [...]

14 01, 2013

Depression, Bullying, and Suicide

By |January 14th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Society|

These are heavy topics for me… heavy for most of the people who end up reading this.  I'm constantly watching current events so I can write something that challenges all of us.  This one hurts: not because these apply to me directly, because they apply to all of us indirectly.  None of you can say that you've never encountered depression, bullying or suicide at any point in your life.  I'd wager that most of you have experience with at least two of those, maybe even at the same time.  Unfortunat [...]

8 01, 2013

Good vs Evil – Buying a New Car

By |January 8th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Auto, Society|

We received an email a few days ago from Dave Britton at McDonald Hyundai (Littleton, CO) saying that they wanted to sell my Sonata to a customer who couldn't afford a new car.  While I never saw it in writing, he specifically mentioned that we could continue the terms of our current lease in a newer Sonata.  That sounded cool, so I took the bait, and visited the dealer to check out our options. Finding a mommy car While talking to Dave, I mentioned that we were interested in moving to a mommy c [...]

15 01, 2012

A Few Thoughts on Tim Tebow

By |January 15th, 2012|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I'm not a football guy.  Everyone assumes I love it because I look like a 300-pound lineman.  I have the perfect build for it... but it was never my thing.  However, these last few weeks, I've been paying attention to the Broncos because of Tim Tebow. Since I live in Denver, Tebow is the only thing football fans talk about right now.  How does one start a friendly conversation with a 300-pound lineman?  They talk about Tebow.  I've been hearing his name since the first game, "They should let Teb [...]

1 05, 2011

Corporate apartments are designed to rob you

By |May 1st, 2011|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , |

One of the many things Laura and I have realized since moving in together: corporate apartment complexes are designed to rob you of every possible cent you could be saving for a house. We went apartment shopping today because our current complex decided to raise our rent by $100 per month for the next year.  One hundred… seriously? During our shopping, we found some very depressing numbers. Most of the apartments we looked at were going to charge us $50 per person for the application, plus $150 [...]

20 04, 2011

A few quick thoughts on entitlement

By |April 20th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Society|Tags: , , , |

You're not entitled to anything. So many of us think that we deserve something because of a good thing we did or a bad thing someone did to us.  Truth is, no one deserves anything.  I really can't stand people who think they are entitled to... anything.  "You owe me."  "You should've done it this way."  That's not how life works.  Well, it's not how life should work.  So many people go through life spoiled by the people around them that we, as Americans, have come to believe that every good deed [...]