Letters to Gus

Letters to Gus

I have a son. I write him letters.
May
22
Am I Raising a Libertarian?

Am I Raising a Libertarian?

As you've grown up, you seem to have fixated on this idea that freedom will lead to happiness. But what is the relationship between freedom and happiness?
6 min read
May
15
Houston, We’ve Had Emotions

Houston, We’ve Had Emotions

Emotions aren't wrong or bad, Gus. They're just information our brain gives us to help us understand what's going on all around us.
6 min read
May
08
Thirty Seconds of the Real You

Thirty Seconds of the Real You

For thirty seconds on a Saturday afternoon, you brought your whole-self to bear on a particularly sticky problem. It was a great thing to watch.
3 min read
May
01
How You Came to Understand the Word “Tolerance” (or The Night You Told Your Mom to Shut Up)

How You Came to Understand the Word “Tolerance” (or The Night You Told Your Mom to Shut Up)

We don’t hug people that we tolerate. We don’t laugh with them either. We just sit in judgment of them, thinking ourselves better or superior or more important.
6 min read
Apr
24
Cake for Breakfast and Other Thoughts About What You Should and Shouldn't Do

Cake for Breakfast and Other Thoughts About What You Should and Shouldn't Do

The world is full of should’s and I’m not 100% positive that any of them makes a lick of sense. People are always telling us what we should and shouldn’t do.
5 min read
Apr
18
A Good Night

A Good Night

I kiss your cheek. I say goodnight. But you’re long gone again, off on some dream adventure, and I’m not invited.
2 min read
Apr
17
Anger is a Werewolf

Anger is a Werewolf

We become unrecognizable to ourselves and to the ones we love, ready to attack, howling and clawing in hopes of regaining control.
4 min read
Apr
08
The Struggle Bus

The Struggle Bus

Things are hard right now. It feels like summer, but it’s rainy and wet. You couldn't go out and play with your friends anyway. We're isolated.
3 min read
Apr
07
The Rhythm of Your Mother’s Breath

The Rhythm of Your Mother’s Breath

There’s so much that we don’t really have control over. What are we supposed to do with all of that stuff?
2 min read
Mar
12
On the Life of Your Great-Grandfather

On the Life of Your Great-Grandfather

Grown-ups often have that kind of wisdom worn out of them by the weariness of the world.
4 min read