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Passing Gas While Deaf

I suppose there are two kinds of people in the world: those who deliberate whether they should say “pardon me”, and those who are deaf.  

Best Non-Fiction of 2020 (and Honorable Mentions)

For all of the tribulations and anxieties of 2020, it could have been worse if not for the following non-fiction books that kept me awake, thinking and feeling, deep into the year.  

Best Non-Fiction of 2019

Here is why you should read Sprawlball, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, King of the World, and Man’s Search for Meaning.

Opa

I thought I would put on paper my favorite memories of James Maurice Stern, who passed away recently but will always remain “Opa” in my heart.

5tern Haiku

You know the rules, right? Three lines. Five syllables, then seven, then five again. I decided to write five of ’em because they say we will never understand each other until we reduce the language to 17 syllables. And yes, because this is 5tern.com.

5 Most Compelling Teams in the NCAA Tournament

So, you’re looking for a team to root for in the NCAA tournament? I have seen some well-intentioned people suggest that you root for a team by choosing your alma mater, the school closest to where you grew up, or the university with the the best uniforms/mascot/fight song. Do not feel obliged. Instead, you should…

Wondering Why, Why, Why

Two years ago, my former basketball player was arrested for murdering his audiologist. I still wonder why.

How Small Choices Can Save Democracy

In this day and age of polarization, gridlock, and bigotry, we can, nonetheless, revitalize our democracy with the most basic choices.

Why Sports Matter

This is why we should play and cherish sports. And root for our teams at deaf schools and at Gallaudet.

Best Non-Fiction of 2018

Here is a totally non-scientific list of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in 2018.

What Coach Bird Taught Me

Here is what I will remember about John Perry, affectionately known as “Coach Bird” to many of us.

My 2019 Resolutions

So, I made six New Year’s resolutions. Even though I will inevitably fail at all of them.