"Hamilton" and my kids

My latest missive is a love letter to a Broadway Musical on behalf of me and my kids: The New York Times recently reported that the Rockefeller Foundation would be paying for 20,000 eleventh graders to see the musical “Hamilton,” the Broadway phenomenon that tells the story of the founding father Alexander Hamilton. Perhaps they should consider…

A Khaki Life: Cleaning out the dryer

If we define “green” as environmentally aware and proper and “brown” as the opposite, most people probably are living a “khaki life.” I know I am. I also know that I should try to do better. I’m not going off the grid, or buying carbon offsets for my every car ride, but I try to…

Visiting Los Angeles

Great guacamole at Tito’s Tacos This summer, my daughter (age 10) and I took a trip to Los Angeles. We were there to visit my sister, and also just to explore the city; my daughter had never been to L.A. and I hadn’t been since she was born (!). We had a great time and…

National Geographic Raw

Last fall, El Kurru, the archaeological site where I work in Sudan was featured in a National Geographic/PBS film called “Rise of the Black Pharaohs.” National Geographic recently posted some video of the drone footage with narration by the camera operator in their online National Geographic Raw series. It’s fun to see and you can…

How to give a wedding toast

Did your best friend ask you to give a toast at their wedding? Are you getting married and want to give your maid of honor some advice on making a toast? This guide is for you, a step-by-step guide to writing and giving a wedding toast whether you are the Best Man, Maid of Honor,…

No Longer 100% White

The New York Times Motherlode blog published my latest essay on April 15, 2015: Former Gov. Jeb Bush made news recently because he checked “Hispanic” on a voter registration form. This is obviously ridiculous from a scion of the Bush family (and Mr. Bush has said he made a mistake). Yet, I understand, because the family…