I like to think I retired from my job at the top of my game. Why did I leave? Because I realized I was burning out, and staying would subtract more than it added to the rest of my life. Plus leaving was possible; The Fabulous Wife and I consulted…

Here’s a story that hasn’t received nearly the attention it deserves: according to ESPN, 86 public universities in the NCAA’s top tier (the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision) spent at least $533 million from 2010 to January 31, 2021 paying coaches not to coach.

That’s more than half a billion…

Though I’ve been trying since I was a teenager, I have never been able to meditate, which I define as stilling what Buddhists call “the chattering monkey,” those racing, uncontrollable, annoying thoughts that never seem to stop. They don’t stop even when I’m asleep. In fact, that’s when the chattering…

Whenever I see a headline mentioning the University of California, my former employer, I pause to scan the story. One of the fun parts about being risk manager at the Berkeley campus was knowing the stuff that couldn’t be publicly revealed due to attorney-client privilege, privacy statutes protecting employees and…

One more post about Judaism and then I promise I’ll shut up about it for a while.

My last surviving aunt — the one at whose house my father first told me we were Jewish — passed away in 2018. I arrived in time for the funeral (in Judaism, as…

If memory serves (sorry, no guarantees!) I was about five years old and we were visiting my aunt and uncle and cousins in Long Island when my father told me we were Jewish. I’m not sure what the context was. …

Last week The Fabulous Wife took our Prius to a dealership and had an anti-theft device wrapped around the catalytic converter. (Thieves covet converters for their specks of precious metal, and sawing them off has become common here.) At 4:45 The Fabulous Wife got a call from the dealership. “We…

It’s quiz time again! On a scale of one to seven, with one being strongly disagree, four being neutral, and seven being strongly agree, how do you rate the following statements:

  1. Rich people should be forced to give up virtually all of their wealth.
  2. The current system is beyond repair.

A few nights ago I was web surfing between check-ins on the San Francisco Giants game when I thought, “I wonder what Rachel Bitecofer is up to these days?”

No, Bitecofer is not an old college flame — shame on you! She’s the political scientist who argues that negative partisanship…

Andy Goldblatt

Former Risk Manager at UC Berkeley, author of four books, ectomorphic introvert.

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