For most of my life, I was driven by the American Dream. A poor child with a big opportunity, I was determined to become an example of all it stood for. But it would be decades before I learned that we think about that dream all wrong.Read More
Independence is a cornerstone of the American ethos. Its essence—separate, self-directed, unaided, flourishing success—seeps from the storied founding we celebrate on the Fourth of July to the self-reliant, bootstrapping moral imperative demanded of its citizens. This independence is a legend I overvalued for…Read More
As far back as I can remember, a sustainable, autonomous life was always what I envisioned for myself.
My mother lost her parents and all four grandparents between the ages of 9 and 11. Fearing an early death of her own, she made sure I knew by…Read More