Victim Signaling

Dear E & V, In the course of your life you will encounter a special kind of person that’s regularly nicknamed “The One-Upper”. These are people who, consciously or unconsciously, feel the need to out-do your accomplishments and experiences. Just go on a vacation to Ireland? They went to Ireland AND Scotland. Just bag a…

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The Delightful Hell of Hedonism

Dear E & V, There comes a time in many people’s lives where they throw off the yoke of parental oppression and revel in their new found freedom. For some this is college, for others it’s living on their own, and for others it’s partying in their parents’ basement (where they live). There is no…

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A Letter From Your Son

Dear Dad, It was a year ago today that I watched your life slip away as I held your hand. I remember the tears streaming down my face as your breathing slowly stopped and your heart stopped beating. I don’t know if you were conscious for it, but you had a lot of people who…

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Our own worst enemy

Dear E & V, I gave up reading the news about two years ago, sometime in February of 2018. I don’t tell a whole lot of people that — especially if they’re of a political or self-righteous bent — because in the past I was criticized for being willfully ignorant about the global state of…

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22 Books to Live By

Dear E & V, One of the great things about being human is our ability to communicate a message to someone without actually being there. That’s the whole point of these letters to you (though I do hope to chat about them with you when you read them), and the main point of books. Books…

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