I Think I Still Have That Necklace

This is me with my grandparents at the prom. When I look at this photo, I like to imagine they were my dates that night. It makes perfect sense if you think about it. I was born on their wedding anniversary, for one. And two, if they had been my dates, I could be telling […]

Bravery is the Cornerstone of Being a Fraud

Count Victor Lustig never suffered from imposter syndrome, and he wasn’t a Count, a Victor, or a Lustig. He was a Robert Miller, born in Bohemia in 1890 (probably).  Bob was a fraud, and “Count Victor Lustig” was only his favorite alias. His most famous fraud was when he forged government credentials and sold the Eiffel […]

Magic is Real

Thirteen years ago, David Copperfield got mugged at gunpoint by some teenagers who’d just moved to Florida from Kentucky. But David Copperfield—the most commercially successful magician in history—didn’t actually get mugged because he used slight of hand to make his pockets appear empty. In “reality,” David Copperfield’s pockets were holding his wallet, his cellphone, and […]

It’s Never Too Late to Get Raised the Right Way

But you might have to do it yourself. I am fortunate to have been raised by cows. This is me at my high school graduation.  And if you didn’t get raised the right way (whatever that means), then you absolutely have to do it yourself. You owe it to yourself (and to the rest of […]

Moderation: Even in Empathy OR Empathy is for Suckers

We’re told empathy is good. That it’s great. That without it we’d be sociopaths. Fine. I don’t disagree. But I think it’s time we sat down and talked about the dangers of too much empathy. (Now, if you suffer from not enough empathy, go away. This isn’t for you. Go figure out how to have […]