In the United States, twenty-one is the gate. The gate that blocks access to the most coveted substance in modern society: alcohol. In the United States, twenty-one symbolizes that gate in at least two ways. There's the obvious one: you need to be twenty-one years old in order to legally drink. And there's also the twenty-first amendment to the … Continue reading Twenty-One

Cruisin’ with Ranald 2: Moisturizing my Brain

This is the second in a series of blog posts I wrote the week of June 19, when my wife and I were cruising to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. I intended to post them as I wrote them, but the ship's wifi was not up to the challenge. So I saved them, and I … Continue reading Cruisin’ with Ranald 2: Moisturizing my Brain