When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.

I was brought up in a Jewish household, and my grandmother was the youth director for the regional reform Jewish youth group. If it wasn’t explicitly stated that I would participate in the regional youth group when I became of age, which was 8th grade, I felt compelled. Besides, my grandmother was a youth director…thatContinue reading “When I was 14, my parents asked if I was gay. This is the story of what happened.”

20 years after WWII, Hogan’s Heroes made fun of Nazis. 20 years after 9/11, we don’t have a sitcom about terrorism. Here are five reasons why.

One of my dad’s favorite shows growing us as a kid was Hogan’s Heroes, which portrayed a group of Allied airmen held prisoner in a Nazi prisoner of war camp. But they weren’t there because they couldn’t escape, they were there to cause havoc on the Nazis by sneaking out of the camp and blowingContinue reading “20 years after WWII, Hogan’s Heroes made fun of Nazis. 20 years after 9/11, we don’t have a sitcom about terrorism. Here are five reasons why.”

The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.

The novel coronavirus has decimated our daily lives and almost every state is under a lock-down order for citizens to stay at home. As an extreme extrovert, I find energy and enjoyment through interactions with people, so I knew limited my outside contact would be difficult, but after a few weeks, I’ve gotten in toContinue reading “The stay-at-home order reminds me a lot of when I was in Afghanistan. We got through it then, and we’ll get through it now.”

This is the story of when I was skydiving and had to pull my reserve parachute…on my 32nd jump

I was never addicted to skydiving, like many jumpers are, but I definitely enjoyed it. There was something incredible about how we as humans defied our natural physical limitations and learned to fly. We created systems called airplanes that took us miles above the ground, and then we jumped out of those airplanes and somehowContinue reading “This is the story of when I was skydiving and had to pull my reserve parachute…on my 32nd jump”

Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.

In December 2014, I was working in the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs and it was time to generate lots of interest for the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign, which supports local and national charities. I looked through the list and thought it would be interesting to invite a local non-profit called Guitars Not Guns,Continue reading “Coronavirus closed the Sitar Arts Center and now, our students have nowhere to go. Today, we need your support more than ever.”