Wednesday Bunch of Links

bunch of links

We’re just hours away from the first big Roxanne journey! Much more to come on that, but in the meantime… a bunch of links! Here are some things I enjoyed reading in the last week or so.

Obama’s most unusual legacy? Being a good dad. (Washington Post)
A great post-Father’s Day read. Gonna miss this guy.

Stop. Using. Periods. Period. (Washington Post)
Must be a generational thing, or PTSD from having 12 hours a week of copy editing class in undergrad. But I’ll keep texting and IMing in complete sentences, thank you.

The Second Amendment Hoax (Slate)
Dahlia Lithwick delivers a strong legal and political analysis, as usual. I’m especially interested in this one because I’ve often wondered how the NRA got so powerful as opposed to, say, animal-advocacy groups. Also, I was staffing the DC mayor and attorney general during the Heller gun-control case’s trip through the Supreme Court.

Consent: It’s as simple as tea (Thames Valley Police)
One of the best (and most British) government-created videos I’ve seen. In the wake of the Stanford case, and as a male who is raising a daughter yet hasn’t been on a first date himself in 20 years, I’m keeping a close eye on the changing discourse over consent.

The Art of Being Easily Fascinated (Becoming Minimalist)
The Death of Thinking (Alex Mitchell, via Medium)
The last two links are about the tricks our minds can play on us in our distracted digital times. Keep it simple, be grateful, watch and learn.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Thursday Bunch of Links

bunch of links

I’m trying something new today, or at least new for the blog. I’ve been emailing friends, colleagues and family members links to interesting news items ever since I’ve had email. Even before that, we had a tradition in my family of snail-mailing around clippings from newspapers. And some of my favorite blogs do a weekly news roundup.

So here goes. Something to fill the time between blog posts, and hopefully, a few things to brighten your day.

Roxanne’s Red Hot – Winnebago GoLife
Imagine my delight when the manufacturer of our RV picked up my blog post!

Why I run (or something like it). – Medium
Sana Ally writes one of the more interesting versions I’ve seen on this theme. I spotted it not long after writing my own.

I accidentally hired an Orthodox rabbi for my father’s funeral — and he was great – Washington Post
There’s something very Bethesda-meets-Krusty-the-Clown about this story.

Feeding a farting wombat – YouTube
No explanation necessary.

This 54-year-old custodian just graduated from the college he cleaned at night – Washington Post
Life obstacles? What life obstacles?

Dad and daughter perform delightful rendition of A-ha’s ‘Take on Me’ – Mashable
The original was one of the first songs Lindy and I played at our wedding reception. This version may be better. And she has the world’s coolest dad, I think.

A departure Obama is dreading: Leaving the White House? No, Malia moving out. – Washington Post
A few weeks old, but this was a delightful article about the relationship between two of the world’s most-watched people. A good read for dads of daughters.

frog and toadFrog and Toad: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love – The New Yorker
These are a couple of our favorite story characters. We’ve seen the musical twice and have read the books over and over again. Nice backstory about the author. (h/t Carolee)

Pete Souza: Photographing the Real Barack Obama – The Guardian
Just the latest in a series of “I’m going to miss that guy” stories I’ve been reading lately. Nice discussion about the role of imagery and the symbolism of the presidency.

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Was Never Going to Be Easy. But Did It Have to Get This Hard – New York Magazine
This is what happens when you’re uniquely qualified to be President, but not as skilled in modern presidential campaigning as your opponent or those who came before you. A long, worthy read.

What else have you read that’s interesting this week?

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Meet Roxanne.

meet Roxanne


I’d like to introduce you to Roxanne. She’s our new second car, or our tiny house on wheels. She is a Flame Red 2015 Winnebago Travato 59G, built on the Ram ProMaster platform. We’ve just returned from a brief road trip to North Carolina, where we picked her up before stopping for the night at a campground outside Richmond, Virginia.

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I have a blog!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to I Am Hopeful. This blog is a little side project about how to keep the trains of life on track. If you’re interested in ways to save time and money, stay healthy and get organized, you’re in the right place.

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