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Why I want to get married again

When people whether or not I’m happy I always find it difficult to answer the question. Compared to what? In 2011 career advice blogger Penelope Trunk wrote, “The culmination of my four-year obsession with happiness research is that I think people need to choose between an interesting life or happy life.” The post is a … [Read more…]

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I want to draw thin, squiggly, impermanent lines

It’s like, so embarrassing when you realize that you fought someone over something because you were too immature to understand what they were saying. Last night I spent literally 45 minutes (okay, maybe 30) reading Jack Hunter’s brief history of “the liberty movement” and predictions and advice for us in Trump’s America. First, damn is … [Read more…]

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On Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech

I listened to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes acceptance speech this morning and cringed. I agree with Lindsey Gudritz that Meryl Streep absolutely had her facts straight. “The President-Elect did mock a disabled reporter,” Gudritz wrote. “Ruth Negga is from Ethiopia and Viola Davis was born in a sharecropper’s cabin. Tommy Lee Jones has made it … [Read more…]

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Let’s try this again!

Sorry about the weirdness yesterday with the password-protected post. I had written it, published it, decided it shouldn’t be public, but wanted one person to read it, and forgot about the whole “Mailchimp sends out whatever I publish” thing. So here we are. I alluded to personal changes in my follow-up email. I suppose now … [Read more…]

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The things I did wrong

This will be an incomplete list. Because putting words to things is powerful. And because my memory is shit. My tendency when things go wrong is generally ego-protection. I carefully consider, dwell upon, all the things other people did wrong to get me where I am. On the other side is self-flagellation. Neither is helpful. … [Read more…]

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I sobbed on my bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle while a middle-aged black woman judged the hell out of me

Happy Monday my babies. I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Over the weekend FEE published my piece What’s Best for Women? Property Rights, Innovation, and Economic Growth. Also, ICYMI, here’s How to Repeal and Replace Obamacare. Scott Winship explores why fewer adults will surpass their parents’ incomes. A new study shows that barely 2 in … [Read more…]

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“Tradition” Has an Economics Problem: A Response to Lauren Southern

Conservative vlogger Lauren Southern has a new video out encouraging Millennials to embrace a “traditional” lifestyle, and promises viewers, “This lifestyle leads to happiness in love life, work life, and overall fulfillment.” But, she says, “Do the research yourself. Delve into this stuff.” Well, I think I will. First, what does Southern mean by “traditional … [Read more…]

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Dude where’s my nuance?

There are patterns in refusal to engage honestly and openly with ideas. One such pattern, I’m not sure if it has a name. But I’m going to call it “nuance blindness.” This is when a person not only fails to see the shades of gray required to understand an argument, but insists that they do … [Read more…]

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