Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Saturday, February 21, 2015

How to tell if you're in a relationship

Dear Hannah,

Since it might seem suspicious if you keep hearing about the good things I dream but none of the bad things I do, I've decided to throw in a confession every now and then so you can know you're dealing with a real person.  So here is my confession.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Why papa is vain

Dear Hannah,

One of the great difficulties of publishing my thoughts has been that some people have called me arrogant.  I actually had two people say I was full of myself within the same week -- for which I consider it a horrible week.  It's always good to hear someone call you out on your faults, especially when there might be an inkling of truth to it.  It's better than going your whole life being an ass and everyone thinking it except yourself.  We can oftentimes learn more from our enemies than our friends.  They'll sometimes tell us things our friends won't, because an enemy's happiness doesn't usually rely on ours.  Even if an insult is undeserved, sometimes it allows us some good reflection, which may result in our improvement of a virtue we already had.  I advise most everyone to listen to their enemies.  They may do you more good than you realize.

Monday, February 16, 2015

A toast to Bill Clinton

Dear Hannah,

I know it sounds strange to say -- and maybe we should keep this a secret from my dad -- but one of the presidents I'm happy to think about is Bill Clinton.  To be completely honest, I don't know much about anything he did as president, because I was too young to be paying attention.  What does make me happy is that he proves to me, on some level, that we have evolved significantly in our ideas about women.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

God's orphan

Dear Hannah,

In the world of compliments, I've found you can screw things up in one of two ways.  The first is by giving a compliment that's not good enough; and the second is to give a compliment that's so good it embarrasses the recipient to get it.