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It’s time for the annual check-up into my life, and this year told through the prism of three bands. Here we go… *** Before our kids were in full-time day care, we spent a lot of time with them. I [...]

August 28, 2018 Blog, Music

Anthony Bourdain

I awoke this morning at 5:30 despite my best intentions, rolled over and looked at my phone. I opened Facebook and my friend Justin Finesilver had posted an article from with this headline: “CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61.” I [...]

June 8, 2018 Blog, Tribute

Warren Miller

“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.” I don’t really ski anymore. I haven’t skied in probably more than seven years. The fact that I had to spend about 10 minutes considering [...]

January 26, 2018 Blog, Tribute

Blog: Back in the (office) saddle, and I launch a new series

People often ask me, “What’s your ultimate goal for Deft Communications?” which I suppose is an honest enough question, but never fails to make me laugh both because of how boring and seemingly unambitious my answer is. Here’s my honest [...]

November 29, 2017 Blog, Inside My Head, News


It’s me, delivering psychosis Over the phone to you I’ve colored your world blue Ten thousand miles from you I’m sinking all alone Treading new waters Where is my buoy? “Sleep” by Lagwagon I’m not entirely sure Kristin and I [...]

August 28, 2017 Blog, Music

Happy Friday: Ducks Fly Together

And we’re back! You know we couldn’t do a week’s worth of blogs without returning to the well of Happy Friday. It’s been officially 5 years and 8 days since we’ve written one of these things, so for those of [...]

March 30, 2017 Blog, Goofiness

Nostalgic Pointlessness

some…BODY once told me… As someone who founded a website that featured pop culture criticism and analysis virtually every day, it pains me to write this: So much of pop culture writing is pointless. Whether this is by accident, or [...]

March 30, 2017 Blog, Film and Television, Music


Seeing as increasing empathy in the world is basically the entire foundational reason I started my show and continue with it three years later, you can imagine my surprise and disappointment upon scrolling through LinkedIn (which, I know, what?), and [...]

March 29, 2017 Blog, Rants

Ditch Digging

Although I haven’t done it in a while, one of my favorite things to do was to speak to students about how I applied my degree after college. When you earn a degree in a liberal arts discipline, this is [...]

March 28, 2017 Blog, Career


I’m starting to wonder if anyone ever truly and fully grows up. I don’t know if adulthood ever completely takes in anyone because some of the neural pathways you set seem so irrevocable that you never change. Or perhaps it’s [...]

March 27, 2017 Blog, Inside My Head, Music