John Ballantine is an economics professor at Brandeis University. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University, then earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and NYU Stern, respectively. His economic commentary has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, among others. His writing is a longstanding avocation and reflection of being in the world of family, economic models, books, and films. He has been participating in a writing workshop for ten years with Barbara O’Neil, following the “Writing Down The Bones” Natalie Goldberg approach. His non-fiction essays have been published in many publications / online journals over the past six years. He loves learning about the world through teaching and writing.