The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

My oldest, No. 2, is turning 13 this weekend. This is a moment that I have dreaded my whole life: I will officially be the father of a teenager. I have dreaded this moment for many reasons. The main reason is, as should be expected from me, the most self-centered, narcissistic one: It’s more evidence […]

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

Just Who Should be Scared of Whom? (Revisited)

I write my own headlines. It is a perk of being the senior columnist for the Spirit and, truth be told, I am pretty good at it. With this week’s column there is an unusual caveat that comes with that revelation. While I did develop the headline that you see based on what I had […]

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Ferguson: Winter is Coming

Last week we had the first true snowfall of winter (equinoxes be damned, it’s 20 degrees in the sunlight, that’s winter) here in Madison. Depending on the conditions of your particular workplace, it also may have happened completely sight unseen. When I got to work yesterday morning, it was overcast, a little drizzly, cold: just […]