About a month ago I had a nervous breakdown.

They don’t call it that anymore.

But it’s what I had.

It wasn’t a panic attack. I’ve had those before. They’re terrifying. Your heart races. Your chest tightens. It feels like you’re having a heart attack. You think you’re going to…


Last summer my job got all eight of the senior Black people at work together because George Floyd got killed. We all said versions of the same things that every black professional at every job says. Our executives listened. They asked for a follow-up to hear more. …


My father’s last name is Taylor. For very specific Michigan reasons, my last name is my mother’s and not my father’s, but I’m glad not to introduce myself as “James Taylor…no, not that one.”

The first of those Taylors was George. He was my 9th great grandfather. He left England…


My daughter Maya is a smart kid. She listens intently. She remembers details. She’s starting to understand how to filter out the stuff that doesn’t matter from the stuff that does. For an eight-year-old there’s a thin line between knowing a lot and knowing it all. She’s not always on…


The economy is the #1 issue for Republicans. It’s also where the public generally supports the President. In the beginning of the year consumer confidence was high. People felt good about the economy before the pandemic.

So I took out the pandemic. I’m comparing Trump’s first 3 years to Obama’s…


There’s a point I don’t think a lot of people consider. But I think it’s important.

Donald Trump hates you.

You, personally. You, the person who is reading these words. Whoever you are. Even if you went to his rally and heard him speak. Even if you lined the street…


I wasn’t going to write about the debate. It was a big event. Thousands of pieces have been written about it. What could I say that’s original? I agree that it wasn’t fun. I agree that it was also hilarious.

But everybody said that. There are a few points that…


Donald Trump would not be President if there wasn’t an Electoral College.

Mitch McConnell would not be Senate Majority Leader if not for a Senate that values some votes more than others.

Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and whoever’s next, Ivanka Trump, I guess, owe their jobs to the lack of…


A man at work died.

It was a few weeks ago.

I didn’t know him well. I’d met him. He’d worked there a long time. We’ve said “Hello” but not much more.

They spoke about him on a big conference call. They were kind. They talked about what a good…


So of course, I’m “Negative Nancy”, but I don’t buy these robust rebound stories that we’re seeing.

They all rest on a few basic assumptions that I just don’t think are true.

1. The US economy was healthy before the pandemic hit

2. Americans are resilient people who work together…

James VanElls

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