Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m so enamored with Alfie’s work. It’s validating to hear researchers coming to progressive conclusions about child-rearing. But what struck me the most about this book was how practical and actionable the advice was, how […]

One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner

This is truly a staggering work. It was a tower of details, geopolitical intrigue, espionage, statecraft, deception, and of course corruption. Not having lived through this period in history, I think my biggest takeaway is that everything I’d come to accept as “culturally” true about the Nixon era is every bit warranted. In other words, […]

The king is dead, long live the king.

  What I’m reading a lot on social media is a very determined effort to falsely equivocate either Obama or Hillary Clinton with Trump (whether their characters, their campaigns, or their future presidencies).  In my view, this is particularly disingenuous.  To put Obama’s presence and stature or Clinton’s experience and dignity up against Trump’s impulsiveness […]

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