election cycle

End of an Era: Now What?

Article: End of an Era: Now What?

Transitioning from a President George W. Bush to President Barack Obama is going to be a huge deal for this country, but Bush is still in office for another two-and-a-half months. In the meantime, we all have the opportunity to practice our ability to transition from chaos and fear to peace-of-mind by taking the proper…

In the Age of Cynicism

Article: In the Age of Cynicism

At 9:45pm Tuesday night, an old friend from my hometown called me from London, where he has been living for the past several years. Since he expatriated himself our communication has been confined to annual visits in Berkeley during the holidays, occasional emails and every-now-and-then spontaneous chats on Facebook. But I made him promise to…

Heels on, Gloves off

Article: Heels on, Gloves off

With four weeks to go, both campaigns have pulled up their defense line and are playing an aggressive offense. This should come as no surprise, even after a relatively tame battle between Obama and McCain during the past several months. Attack politics is what the electorate expects, and it really doesn’t feel like a full-grown…