The Hairdresser and the Piano: a Parable

A chemist, a psychologist and a hairdresser were moving a piano. I am the psychologist in the story. The chemist is my sister’s husband, Bobby, and the hairdresser is Ben, Bobby’s brother. Dispel any stereotypes you have of a male hairdresser. Ben is quite masculine and loves women- so much so, that he has married […]

Michael Wins the Moth Story Slam!

Watch and listen to the story Michael game to won the very popular Moth Story Slam on May of this year (2015).  The topic of the night was “Chemistry”. Other posts you might be interested in: Michael on KPFT Radio (90.1 FM) Thresholds Talking About Compassionate Communication Michael comments on Street Harassment in Houston Houston Matters […]

A Personal Independence Day

The Fourth of July holiday in the United States is a celebration of freedom and autonomy from Great Britain. The declaration of Independence laid not only the foundation of a new nation, but a new concept in the world. It is the turning point in history towards self-rule, not governance ordained by a privileged, elite […]

Chipless Cookies and Other Motherly Love Lessons


Mothering a family of 16 has its unique challenges, to put it mildly. Not only did our mother raise all 14 of us kids, but she even somehow managed to find time to get a master’s degree with 13 of us between the ages of 1 and 18 at home (my youngest sister was not […]

The Human Problem of Medicine

Last year Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, had an emergency appendicitis and appendectomy. She was in the hospital for several days as there were complications. The appendix had ruptured and therefore required immediate and intensive surgery. While the quality of the surgery was excellent and overall care was good (she has made […]