Worlds of Experience

Worlds of Experience

Recently my now newly minted 10-year-old daughter Cali and I had a dialogue about experiences, which we filmed and put on our nonprofit Youtube channel as well as on our Facebook Socrates Cafe page (just go to this link and scroll down). As with most of our Socratic...
Naming Names

Naming Names

The other day, I took my daughter Cali shoe shopping. When we entered the door, I was ‘Daddy.’ By the time we left, I was ‘Dad.’ Just like that — eight days before Cali’s tenth birthday, she decided it was high time to call me Dad....
Is good conversation still possible?

Is good conversation still possible?

Me and Cali and the rest of my precious loves arrived harried and frazzled yesterday after an incredibly frenetic trip to the southeast coast for a book presentation and to celebrate my Mom’s birthday. At Washington National Airport after a zany check-in (not to...
Party On — A Birthday Tribute to My Mom

Party On — A Birthday Tribute to My Mom

Today is my mother’s birthday. MargaretAnn Phillips is the quintessential ‘childult.’ She was born in a coal mining camp, raised in Appalachia, overcame the most oppressive circumstances imaginable. She is a renaissance thinker and doer, and the most...