You’re loved. Get over it.

You’re loved. Get over it.
People often ask me, “So, James, why moments? Why do you talk and write about them? And have you always been so brilliant?” Ok, so part of the above is made up. Actually most of the above. I don’t have a lot of people actually asking me why I focus on moments. And even fewer... Read more »

When exactly did I move to Seattle?: Reflections on Chicago's Unending Rain

When exactly did I move to Seattle?: Reflections on Chicago's Unending Rain
When did I move to Seattle? I thought I lived in Chicago. But, somehow, over the last few weeks, our city has been transformed. Transfixed. By rain. Rain in the morning. Rain in the afternoon. Rain in the night. Rain in between every hour, in the pauses between the paragraphs, everywhere, in bloated rivers, splashing... Read more »

Delta, Don't! - Why it's important for a company to think twice before attacking

Delta, Don't! - Why it's important for a company to think twice before attacking
I get it, Delta. I really do. You saw an opportunity. United had just been caught in a viral blizzard after denying two young girls wearing leggings the ability to board a flight because they had special passes that required they dress “appropriately.” Of course, you can see how this happens. Companies typically have a... Read more »
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Dear Cubs, I'm so sorry for taking you for granted

Dear Cubs, I'm so sorry for taking you for granted
Dear Cubs, I thought I’d never need to write a letter like this. After all, just a few months ago, you were winning the World Series, something I thought I’d never see. Something that brought me and so many others joy − and sweet, sweet relief. And, at the time, if you had asked me... Read more »

Help, I’m addicted to meditation!

Help, I’m addicted to meditation!
Irritability bordering on anger? Check. Easily distracted? Yep. Pulsing temples? Been there. Are there. Eyes darting? That’s my name. Don’t wear it out. I’ve been an almost daily meditator for over three years now. Now, when some people picture a meditation session, they might be thinking of yoga mats, candles, and soft music, with the... Read more »

Gurnee’s Warren Township Marching Band brings even more magic to Disney World

Gurnee’s Warren Township Marching Band brings even more magic to Disney World
I was just this side of nervous, standing with my wife, Gina, and many other band parents, as we waited for my daughter’s high school marching band to parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. It was a beautiful day, as if drawn specially by Walt Disney’s artists. The sky blue sky. White clouds... Read more »
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An Open Letter to the person responsible for the Oscars “Best Picture” mix-up:

An Open Letter to the person responsible for the Oscars “Best Picture” mix-up:
I feel your pain, my friend. Yes, I do. Been there, done that. Got the T-shirt. In fact, we’ve all been there in one way or another. Had something we were working on go horribly wrong. And when it did, there’s a number of ways to approach it. The first is probably the most human,... Read more »

The sun or the snow: two views of Chicago's beautifully warm winter's day

The sun or the snow: two views of Chicago's beautifully warm winter's day
  Me: “Wow, it is so beautiful out today. It’s in the high 60’s, and it’s February 22nd!” Them: “Yes, but it’s going to snow this weekend!” Ok, so I kind of made up the conversation above. Ok, forget “kind of.” It’s a straight up lie. And, to be fair, I’ve also been on the other side... Read more »

Are you where you want to be?

Are you where you want to be?
There comes a moment in the everyday, when some will stop, look around as if they’ve just woken up from a hard dream, and wonder how the heck they got where they are. Because, somewhere along the way, something else became more important, something went bad in their lives, or they just didn’t have the... Read more »
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An Open Letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda

An Open Letter to Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ok, so I know you probably weren’t expecting a letter from me, Lin. And, even more than that, I’m guessing you probably don’t know who I am. To give you some backstory, my daughter first introduced me to “Hamilton” a while back. One night, she played a couple of the songs for my wife and... Read more »