et al.

et al. – Latin abbreviation. et alii. (and others.)

on strangers. (part two)

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― Francis of Assisionstrangers2

This week: the what, why, and how of serving strangers. I’d love to hear your thoughts – enjoy! Check it out and join the conversation.

on strangers. (part one)

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Ian Maclaren


In this column piece, I write about Olive Garden and stranger danger. Featuring the wise words of my younger brother Evan Gotchel. Please enjoy! Check it out and join the conversation.

on friendship.

“First of all, among all worldly things there is nothing which seems worthy to be preferred to friendship. [...] It is what brings with it the greatest delight, to such an extent that all that pleases is changed to weariness when friends are absent, and all difficult things are made easy and as nothing by love.” – Thomas Aquinas, On Kingship


This week in “et al.” I suggest a few actionable steps towards building meaningful friendships. Please enjoy! Check it out and join the conversation.

a balanced life.

“Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.” ― Epicurus


In my column piece this week you’ll hear from historians, presidents, and philosophers on the topic of a balanced life. Thank you so much for your readership! Check it out and join the conversation.

on being content.

“Who can really be faithful in great things if he has not learned to be faithful in the things of daily life?” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together


Another new post has been published on my column. I write about Walker Percy, G.K. Chesterton, and the first step towards a fulfilling sense of contentedness. I hope you enjoy! Check it out and join the conversation.

brewing communitea.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
― C.S. Lewis

My next piece has been published in my new column! This one discusses coffee, tea, and the bad blood running through Americans since the Revolution. Check it out and join the conversation!

a threefold cord.

“I have heard of a man lost in the woods and dying of famine and exhaustion at the foot of a tree, whose loneliness was relieved by the grotesque visions with which, owing to bodily weakness, his diseased imagination surrounded him, and which he believed to be real. So also, owing to bodily and mental health and strength, we may be continually cheered by a like but more normal and natural society, and come to know that we are never alone.” ― Henry David Thoreau


I was recently offered a column in my school’s student newspaper. This is a new piece for the column on the topics of American individualism, King Solomon, and the benefits of strong community. Check it out and join the conversation!

leather-bound life.

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

I was asked over winter break to write a piece for the Arts & Ideas Review. The theme of the issue is writing, and I encourage you to read the whole issue of compelling, insightful pieces. It’s an honor to share publication with such talent. Here is my piece, and thank you in advance for reading!

AIR – Leather-bound Life

my park bench.


This is a departure from my usual blog post. I’m trying to write more fiction, which is what I loved to do when I was younger. This is a short (one page) story based on a simple prompt: “There is a man sitting on a park bench, reading a newspaper.” I… adapted the prompt a bit. Enjoy!  Read the rest of this entry »

chin up.

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.” 
― Charlie Chaplin


I heard it said once that you can tell New Yorkers and tourists apart by the direction they’re looking as they walk through the city streets. New Yorkers have their eyes locked on the sidewalk a few steps ahead of them. Tourists, on the other hand, mosey along with their eyes turned towards the rooftops.  Read the rest of this entry »


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