The Most Sacred Gift You Can Give At Christmas

FullSizeRender-10If you want to get that special someone in your life something really sacred for Christmas this year, buy them socks and underwear.

Hear me out on this.

I used to hate getting socks and underwear for Christmas. Each year my mom buys me a few fresh pairs of each.

It’s not a glamorous or exciting gift. It’s not a gift that is ever on my wish list.

But I desperately need them. Continue reading

Do You Wear The Black Hat?

“The villain is the person who knows the most and cares the least.” – Chuck Klosterman, I Wear The Black Hat

In his new book I Wear The Black Hat, Chuck Klosterman writes about villains both real and imaginary. As with everything he writes, Klosterman’s book is an inventive and thought-provoking examination peeling back layers of pop culture to reveal truths that seem obvious until you realize you never realized them before. (There’s a particularly interesting discussion about what would happen if a real life Batman began to fight crime.)

But what sticks out the most is Klosterman’s main theory: A villain is a person who knows the most and cares the least. If you know all the facts about a particular situation, if you know what harm your actions will bring and you simply do not care what happens, then you are a villain in your story.

In a roundabout way, I Wear The Black Hat reminds me of another book about story: Donald Miller’s A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Continue reading