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This page shares my most recent, popular and favorite blog posts on topics such as social entrepreneurship, teaching, fatherhood, manliness, gardening and more. The fundamental question I’m questing to answer is “What is the why of me?” If you’re ready to dive in, you can start with the most popular or my favorite posts. You can also browse my most popular blogs by category or scroll down to see every post by date and title.

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Blogs are listed in reverse chronological order from most recent to the very first.

2020

October 6 – The Carpenter Bee

September 17 – The Mosquito

September 8 – Fear of Poverty

August 21 – Remote Teaching Checklist

August 20 – The Joy of Moving Heavy Objects

August 11 – Do’s and Don’ts for Zoom

August 4 – Hard Things

July 28 – The Art of Landscape Maintenance

July 20 – Labor-Saving Devices

June 12 – The Edges of Our Love

May 27 – Appalachian?

May 19 – Dispersed

May 7 – A Better Soil

March 22 – Dear Coach Carr,

March 5 – The Day I Became Dr. Humphrey

February 26 – Dear Econ 202 Students,

January 2 – A Better Changemaker Curriculum

2019

November 17 – Deep Tissue Secrets

September 10 – Did You Teach Your Kid How to Fight?

August 6 – Man Up

August 2 – Best Sports Movie Speeches

July 30 – Green Beans and Ham and Being a Man

July 23 – Height

July 16 – Physical Fitness Test Database

July 9 – One Tool, Many Gardens

June 3 – The Lid to the Pickle Jar

May 20 – The Hedge

April 16 – Family Night Out

April 9 – As

February 6 – Five Adjectives

January 17 – 21st Century College Advising

January 15 – Two Letters

January 10 – Grad School Advice

January 4 – Muzzle

2018

December 7 – Dating 101

November 30 – Flip the Field

September 5 – Handshakes 101

February 28 – A Better Changemaker

February 6 – IMAGINE

January 11 – Anthems

2017

December 8 – Sportsmanship 101

December 4 – That Little Ball

January 4 – How I Grade

January 3 – How I Teach

2016

November 30 – Sidekick Manifesto

November 23 – 190 Words

November 18 – My People’s Promise

July 11 – It Was Early

April 4 – The 10 Promises of a Social Good Sidekick

March 9 – Hang Up Your Cape

January 10 – Grad School Q&A

2015

December 2 – Doug and I

November 10 – The 16 Best Pump Up Songs (1980 – 1993)

October 30 – Five Species of Students

September 30 – Eroding Agency

September 21 – Hey Teachers! We’re in the Liberation Business

September 16 – Get Sh*t Done Diagnostic

August 19 – A Day in the Life of Change-making Animal

July 27 – Dr Humphrey, Tear Down This Wall!

July 15 – Agency

July 1 – The Arena

June 24 – What’s the Optimal Size of Your Tribe?

June 17 – The Choice

June 10 – Hold the Line

March 26 – What will we do when there are no more Poor People?

February 26 – The Do-Gooder Industrial Complex

January 28 – 7 Books for Becoming a Change-Making Animal

January 14 –Taking Pictures of Poor Kids

2014

December 18 – Winter is Coming

December 5 – Owning that ‘Fro

November 18 – The National Two Dollar Challenge

November 12 – Hot Chocolate and Losing

October 29 – She and I

October 8 – Harder not Smarter

September 24 – Four Steps to Becoming a Change-Making Animal

September 11 – An Invitation

August 27 – Get Your Head in the Game

August 14 – 11 Promises of a Change-Making Animal

August 7 – Rewild your Students

July 30 – Co-Authors

July 16 – Spoken

July 2 – Be a Man

June 25 – Both Warden and Prisoner

June 11 – I am Not Your Professor

June 2 – There You Are

May 22 – Do-Gooder Duel

May 15 – Dear Graduating Class

April 25 – Wonder Years

April 18 – Pedagogical Puberty

April 10 – Chains, Cone-bras and Coveralls

April 2 – Inquiry vs Insult (redux)

March 28 – Reality Check

March 21 – Late Bloomer

March 13 – Standardized

February 27 – My Do-Gooder Adolescence

February 19 – Life Chart

February 14 – Chain, Chain, Chain

February 5 – Publish or Perish

January 29 – Packaging Poverty

January 24 – The Gridiron Teaching Academy

January 15 – Hug or Handshake

January 8 – I Have Something to Say

January 2 – A Dog and Her Boy

2013

December 19 – Digging Ditches

December 11 – Is Love A Secondhand Emotion?

December 4 – Dear Students,

November 27 – I Blamed Norman Rockwell

November 21 – Scars, Stories and Students

November 13 – (RED)washing

November 6 – More Than 100 Yards of Turf

October 31 – Sometimes Grading Has to Be Personal

October 23 – Pumping People Up About Poverty

October 18 – Blue

October 9 – Love Not Fear

October 3 – Resistance Training

September 25 – Poor Paternalism

September 18 – Mismatch

September 11 – Making the Poor Pay

September 4 – The 10 Steps to Becoming a Change-Making Animal

August 28 – Tribes

August 22 – FS DOGUDR ISO PR PERSON

August 6 – The Letter

July 31 – Do-Goodernomics

July 25 – Why Teach Economic Development

July 17 – Armor

July 10 – Walk the Line

July 3 – “Don’t Look Up Dr. Humphrey”

June 27 – Had to Go Back to Go Further

June 24 – Hey Teacher! Give those Kids a Different Role.

June 17 – What will we do when there are no more poor people?

June 11 – Michael Jackson and the Wealth of Nations

June 3 – About

May 28 – Three Bullies and a Bathroom

May 20 – My “Ability to Do Good” Checklist

April 29 – Pedigree

April 25 – Write Now!

April 15 – We are Sidekicks!

April 8 – Processing Failure

April 3 – The Price of Groceries

March 25 – Five Captains

March 18 – Inquiry versus Insult

March 11 – My Tree of Insecurity

March 4 – The Handshake

February 25 – Unbundle Your Socks

February 18 – I Do Not Know

February 12 – Blue Collar

February 4 – Build Your Own Table

January 28 – Positive Thinking (Necessary but not Sufficient)

January 21 – Failure and the Fireman’s Carry

January 14 – Bridges and a Brontosaurus

January 8 – You’re Good but not that Good

2012

December 4 – Where We Become La Ceiba

2011

April 7 – TDC Existential Crisis

April 5 – TDC vs. Wolverine

April 4 – Ford Ranger vs. Sport Trac

2010

April 7 – The Grocery Store as a Classroom

April 5 – The Role of Students in the Process of Economic Development

2008

April 18 – Some Answers for the People of Siete de Abril

April 17 – Assessing the Two Dollar Challenge

April 15 – “You Got Two Bucks Man?”

April 14 – 19 Cents

April 13 – Playing Poverty

2007

April 8 – Thoughts that Linger

April 6 – Thirteen Hours of Sleep and a Shower

April 5 – Challenge to Remain Coherent

April 4 – Media Day

April 4 – Caffeine Withdrawals and Thunder

March 30 – I Had to Give Back the Walnuts

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