The fact that there are still car pool lanes in many major cities (also called HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes is a testament to the durability of government programs, even when they make no logical sense and make everyone worse off in net balance.

For those who are not familiar…


With the popularization of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and the spread of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools, universities and corporations during the past few years, the topic of slavery reparations has been put on the agenda by the political Left.

The issue of past slavery is being…


Thomas Sowell is one of the world’s greatest living intellectuals.

I write that sentence with mixed feelings because I don’t really believe Sowell is “one of” the world’s greatest intellectuals, I actually believe he is the greatest intellectual alive today. …


“The Reading Challenge”

Five weeks ago, I noticed that I hadn’t been reading much lately. I just never seemed to be in the mood. My excuse was that working all day and raising four little girls by night is exhausting and there’s no time or energy left for reading books.

But reading books…


Our Family of 6 Was Hit Hard This Year.

Sunday Fun Day at the Santa Monica Pier. 1 Day Before the Mother of all Flu’s Hit Us Hard

It was Monday, January 21, 2019 when our 4 year old first showed signs of fever. I remember the date because the day before, on Sunday, I had taken our 3 daughters (6, 4 and 2) to the Santa Monica pier…


One Guys’ Strategy for a Thriving Marriage

I’m sure you’ve heard the old cliché “Happy Wife, Happy Life.” I’ve heard it many times and I’ve even said it a few times to friends of mine who have come to me with marital woes looking for advice. When you say “Happy…


How I Came to Own The Most Famous Sign in History

Checkpoint Charlie Nov 1, 1989, eight days before the Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was June 22, 1990, a day I will never forget. It was a special day in Berlin, there was to be a large ceremony at the former border crossing between East and West Berlin called “Checkpoint Charlie.” …


What I’ve Learned Leading a Group of Guys To Do 100 Pushups a Day.

I can’t remember exactly what motivated me to first start a pushup challenge. Maybe I was bored and just wanted a new challenge to motivate me? Maybe I wanted more strength and was tired of lifting…


Raising Kids is a Total Pain in the Ass. Why I Love It Anyway.

A tattoo I got in 2015

When I tell people I have 5 kids, they often gasp in amazement. “Whoa,” they say, “that’s a lot.” …


From Dad’s Point of View

My wife woke me at around Midnight on December 22, 2018. “I’m having pretty intense contractions” she said. “Did you download that app which times the contractions” she asked? “Not yet” I replied with a sense of panic in my voice, “let me do that right now.”

Within seconds I…

Alan Wolan

Father of Five, Husband of One, Slayer of Dragons.

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