My Martial Arts Journey

My martial arts journey probably started in 1977 at age nine.

Word of the Week: Racist

When the tweets were publicized, I immediately guessed that there would be controversy over whether they were racist, or offensive at all.

The Memory of My Grandmother

Who among us has conquered anger? Certainly not I. It is remarkable, then, that I never saw or heard her express anger in any way.

Losing my Conservatism

A dear friend stumped me by asking, “On the operating table or in the emergency room, would you withhold life-saving treatment from a dying patient, knowing their history of self-destructive choices?”

Be Careful What You Wish For (Especially if it is American Carnage)

This was written in response to Scott Adams’s post, “Be Careful What You Wish For (Especially if it is Hitler).” Please read that first.

What is Poison?

What is poison? What is fear? What is envy? What is anger? What is hatred?

On Parenting Teenagers (Part 4 of 4)

Discomfort comes from swallowing our pride and submitting to your teenager’s new-found power and knowledge. Conclusion #4: Check your ego at the door.

On Parenting Teenagers (Part 3 of 4)

Conclusion #3: Pick your battles. This means saving your energy to address and correct only the most consequential behaviors.

On Parenting Teenagers (Part 2 of 4)

Conclusion #2: It is important to be crystal clear between both parents and children that the parent-child relationship is not identical with friendship.

On Parenting Teenagers (Part 1 of 4)

Your teenager remains unexpectedly dependent on you to meet various needs in various situations, yet unexpectedly exerts his or her independence in other situations. Conclusion #1: Set your expectations in accordance with this reality.


Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

Quotes on Science and Mysticism

Neal DeGrasse Tyson, John Cleese, and Francis Crick

घेई छंद मकरंद --- Translation and Commentary

I heard this song while growing up, and it remained in my memory simply because it mentions my name. The poem seems to celebrate unwavering focus in joyful work, illustrated by the honeybee.

Quieting the Dogs

Pain is like the barking of a dog. A healthy body uses pain to warn of danger or threat. If we acknowledge pain as a natural response and address it in a conscious way, it should naturally dissipate without causing unnecessary suffering.

You're More than You Think

At times, reasoning tells you that something is impossible, and experience reinforces this conclusion.

A Question on Polyamory

Would knowledge that there was a genetic component in polyamory make a difference? Would it make us more tolerant? Would it make it easier to accept?

Meditation is...

Meditation is concentrating the front of the mind with a mundane task so the rest of the mind can find peace.

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part III of III

In order not to stray into delusion, we must ask ourselves whether our faith is truly a belief in an unlikely outcome, or a rejection of what we know to be true and possible

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part II of III

Is “faith” not the best word for following an intuition, when confronted by evidence to the contrary?

The Fine Line Between Faith and Delusion, Part I of III

For decades, I have eschewed faith…Therefore, it surprised and puzzled me…to find that…I possess and profess a quality best described as faith.

Science, Religion, and Superstition

It is incorrect to believe that people “lose their religion” with education.

The Best and Worst of Conservatism and Liberalism

The best of conservatism is recognizing that institutions like legal frameworks, moral codes, and political philosophies are structures that provide support for societies and economies.

A Funny Story for New Parents

We asked a friend about her first child, a 1-year-old daughter.

The Philanthropic Obligation

Paul Graham makes a strong argument that differences in wealth are not inherently bad (indeed, they have positive effects on society as a whole).

Fingerprints of God: The Search for the Science of Spirituality

आकाशात् पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्