2017 Adventures Begin


Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year! My family will be celebrating this tonight. My sons are currently at a math competition.

On Sunday, my son Alex and I go on our first traveling adventure this year. We’re flying to Arizona State to check out their engineering and honors program.  He’s been accepted there into both the engineering and Barrett Honors College. I am impressed that the honors college is paying for his airfare. It’s nice to have a college want you.

Choosing where he will attend college is going to be tough.  He’s been accepted at Purdue and University of Arizona, and waiting on one other school to get back to him. Purdue has a better engineering school ranking and our visit there last year was impressive, but Alex really loves the state of Arizona.  I studied engineering at University of Illinois, so I have some ideas on what ASU needs to have for it to be a good choice for him academically.  ASU is ranked #1 in the country for being innovative, so I’m interested to see what that actually means too!

The weather in Illinois has been so gloomy in January that I can’t wait to go to
Arizona.  I’m hoping to see the sun again.

For me, the political situation in the United States couldn’t be gloomier. I will do what I can to change and protest the policies that I believe are against the public good.  I will also practice visualizing the type of national cohesion and shared goals that I wish we had.

As for my adventures in work, I continue to develop creative projects, including an exciting new project with my dear friend Marvin Klein to create a new another book to come out later this year.  It is so much fun to collaborate on a writing project.  Hope to be sharing more information about that work here, by the end of this spring.

While the world can be gloomy for many reasons, each of us has the opportunity to view our adventures as enchanting ones.  Nationally, I believe America is entering a treacherous time in our ongoing national narrative, where drama and conflict are heightened.  This doesn’t mean that we should give up our humor and kindness. We have been through these times before, and probably will again. I hope that we will emerge a more compassionate, tolerant, just, and creative nation.

May the Chinese year of the rooster be a good one for us all!