The U.S. Is Bad At Government: The Problem With National Gun Control

The United States as a nation does not do government well. This is widely known. Talking heads and trendsetters across the country–and across the ocean–regularly point out how America struggles to offer universal services to its citizens (i.e. education, healthcare, employment and retirement benefits). From my understanding, this is because the U.S. wasn’t made for…
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Cuba Movie #2: A Former Soviet Busts Balls Of Havana Tour Guide

With sound effects, freeze frames, and a musical background, I jazzed up this newest, full-length video from my Cuba travel. It’s about a middle-aged woman from the former Soviet Union badgering our Cuban tour guide. He took it in stride, and she got a kick out of it, too. But this was fairly serious, as…
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My Travel To Cuba: Beach By Classic Car, Waterfall By Horseback

My trip to Cuba was about discovering the culture and society of this island. But I also squeezed in some fun along the way.  Today I’ll squeeze in two such outings in one article. After all, they’re both water related–probably not surprising on an island. After taking in the south coast city of Trinidad on Day…
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Cuba Movie #1: Making A Living

My first full video from Cuba! From December 27 to January 10, I explored this provocative nation. In this first video of this series, my guide William shares how everyday people in Cuba makes a living. (Hint: it doesn’t involve the free college.) We filmed in the historic, tourist city Trinidad on the island’s south…
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Our Detours Don’t Define Us

I heard this quote at a presentation I attended Saturday. I’ll talk more about this in a second. First, I want to say thanks for the responses to my message last week about the lessons I learned at a 72-hr spiritual (silent) retreat. Turns out, some of you have been on similar retreats and echoed…
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72 Hours Of Silence (A Spiritual Experience)

I approached his office door. He was seated inside, leaning against his desk while thumbing his cell phone. He noticed me, put down his phone, looked back at me brightly, and motioned me inside. I sat down on the other chair in the small room… *** Sunday evening I returned from a 72-hour silent retreat.…
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My Travel To Cuba: Streets Of Trinidad

Trinidad is a touristy city on Cuba’s south coast. Narrow, cobblestone streets, centuries-old Spanish colonial architecture, and a first-rate beach draw visitors from all over (thought not too many Americans…yet). So yeah, you’ll see more tourists than locals in some places, but if you’re in the mood for good restaurants, lively music, rich history, and…
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*New Video* A Conversation With A Student At A Liberal College

Picking things back up in the Pacific Northwest, I have for you today Video #8: A Conversation With a Student at a Liberal College. For this one, I visit the (in)famously progressive Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. There I encounter student Jalissa, who opens up about the recent protests & threats that wracked her campus,…
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My Travel To Cuba

Sitting into the passenger’s seat of his old VW Beetle, I instinctively slammed the heavy, squeaky door to ensure it shut all the way. Reaching my left hand over my right shoulder for the seat belt, I felt nothing–then looked back to see nothing. I heard a chuckle. I looked to my left and my…
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*New Video* The “Arkansas Redneck” Reacts To Me Giving Him $570

As I shared last week, my trip to Arkansas earlier this month was a success. There, I surprised Bill Jones with $570 cash raised from viewers who wanted to give this man–who starred in my most-popular YouTube video–some Christmas cheer. We succeeded in doing so. And while at it, I followed up with Bill about…
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