Prison Isn’t The Answer To Crime

“Do the crime, do the time” is a pretty accurate summary of American judicial philosophy. The assumption that criminals should be put in prison is so fundamental that most people have trouble imagining anything else. However, there are more effective and less expensive solutions to many Read More …

It’s Time To Admit That Neo-Nazis Are Real

When I was 11 years old, my dad gave me the Smithsonian Book of Comic Book Comics for my birthday. This wonderful anthology collected many of the most historically-significant stories in comic book history, including the first appearances of Superman and Batman. Near the end Read More …

Eilen Jewell Captures The Sound Of Crumbling Americana

If Ry Cooder and Alison Krauss had a love child, she might grow up to sound like Eilen Jewell. The Idaho-born singer-songwriter’s haunting voice and evocative lyrics have built her a cult following over the last decade, but she’s still totally unknown to mainstream listeners. Read More …

Making Your Life Matter

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, is challenging, frustrating, and absolutely essential reading. Keller’s premise is deceptively simple: the key to living a life that matters is identifying the One Thing that defines your purpose Read More …

Rethinking Personal Security (Podcast #14)

In this episode, my guest is Benjamin Drader, creator of the Combatives Personal Protection System – a highly intensive and comprehensive training program that incorporates physical fitness, defensive tactics, situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, and knowledge of the legal ramifications of self-defense. The self-defense industry is Read More …

I Read A Lot Of Productivity Books, And These Are The Three Best

My fourth grade teacher, Ms. Skinner, was a strong advocate of “organization.” Within the first week of the school year, she noticed my over-stuffed backpack, the vast assortment of unidentifiable miscellany falling out of my desk, and the papers spilling out of my three-ring binder. Ms. Read More …

Minimalist Preparedness: The Essential Kit

Minimalism and preparedness may seem to be mutually exclusive. Being prepared means having lots of stuff “just in case,” right? Not necessarily. Among the many lessons that can be learned from natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, and other emergencies is this: you can’t always get Read More …

Flow: Where Science Meets Zen

If you’ve ever played a sport, you’ve probably heard a coach yell, “Get your head in the game!” This is because it is universally understood in the sports world that the fewer extraneous thoughts you have, the better you’ll perform. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi coined the Read More …