A beginner’s guide to modern-day card acquisition

Athletes from different sports on the field with confetti in the air. Celebration.
Athletes from different sports on the field with confetti in the air. Celebration.

Sports cards are back, baby. And the comeback is of epic proportions. The market for cards is scorching hot and now is a great time to join in on the fun. I recently began collecting again, and while I was disappointed to find out my one thousand card Frank Thomas collection wasn’t worth anywhere near the sentimental value I assigned it as a twelve-year-old, I’ve been enthused to see a whole new world of card collecting.


How losing my job taught me to be a better husband and father.

A daughter and father, exchanging a gift. Daughter has her dad’s eyes covered.
A daughter and father, exchanging a gift. Daughter has her dad’s eyes covered.
Photo by Bermix Studio on Unsplash

On August 28th, I came home unemployed.


Chadwick Boseman at a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Looking up.
Chadwick Boseman at a Vanity Fair photo shoot. Looking up.
Emmanuel Lubezki (Vanity Fair)

The passing of Chadwick Boseman, from a four year battle with colon cancer, was yet another example of the world losing its greatest artists too soon. While his loss resonates much deeper for some, his brilliant talent illuminated the lives of the entire world.

Representation matters.

In 2018, Marvel’s Black Panther finally gave black people a dynamic superhero that looked more like them.


A guide to know when it’s time to go

Business woman in jeans doing work in the elevator
Business woman in jeans doing work in the elevator
Photo: Mateus Campos Felipe/Unsplash

All good stories need change. And in today’s dynamic economy, careers do too.

1. Have I tried to improve the situation?

Don’t cower in the corner and let other people play with your toys and walk away mad without saying anything.

2. Am I just having a bad day/week?

Strive for…


A brief history of the Hatch Act and its lengthy list of violators

Blatant Hatch Act Violator and Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo (Photo: US Embassy & Consulates)

Before Mike Pompeo gave his speech to the Republican National Convention while on a tax-funded trip to Jerusalem and before Chad Wolf conducted a citizen naturalization ceremony broadcast to roughly the same crowd, there was Kellyanne Conway, Kellyanne Conway, and Kellyanne Conway, casually and chronically violating the Hatch Act.


How my resignation letter turned into a living will one month before school started

Teacher in the classroom, lecturing students.
Teacher in the classroom, lecturing students.
Photo by Shubham Sharan on Unsplash

I sat at the kitchen table on a muggy night in July coping with a shitload of stress for this time of year. My laptop was up, my eyes were bloodshot and locked on its screen.


Photo by Jorge Fernández Salas

My best friend, a long time high school teacher and fellow debate coach texted me this morning.


Absent increased transparency and real accountability, the criminal justice system is destined to repeat its tragic history.

Adobe Stock Image

The killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have reignited the national conversation on police violence and racial discrimination. On February 23rd, 2020 Arbery, 25 was shot and killed by the son of a former police officer during his afternoon jog. Less than a month later, Taylor, 26 was killed during a police raid of her home with a search warrant that contained the name of a man who was already in custody by the time she was pronounced dead.


Photo by Leonardo Baldissara on Unsplash

I would like to ask the small crowds of angry protestors who are challenging the state shutdowns in the name of freedom, how they feel about the freedom to kneel during the star-spangled banner at nationally televised football games.


Beyblades — Image courtesy of Blog DeJapan

“3…2…1….Let iiiiiiit RIP!”

My six-year-old and I shout at the top of our lungs one early Saturday morning.

Whish…whish…whhiiiiiish…

I look up and see my sleepy-eyed six-year-old jerking his shoulder so hard and so far back I’m a little worried he might dislocate it.

Chris Flowers

Parent, partner, educator. Working from home or hardly working? chrispaulflowers@gmail.com

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