About Jeff Swain

Jeff Swain claims to be an expert on nothing. He's just a humble seeker, looking to find out what it's all about. Aside from searching for the meaning of life, Jeff likes to run marathons. You can follow along with his life and adventures on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

Natural Born Runner

Of all the members of his close knit Ukrainian family, Jeff Swain most uncannily resembles his Uncle Albie, who was also a runner.


Jeff Swain defines ‘unconquered,’ with some help from his friends: William Ernest ‘Captain of My Soul’ Henley and Tom Petty.

The Circle of Life

The Beatles, The Bible, and the Sanskrit word for bliss: Jeff Swain explains how by following our bliss, we find our purpose.

Why We Run

Long-distance runner Jeff Swain loses himself in the Allegheny Forest.

Very Superstitious

Rituals we perform for good luck are known as sorcery, and actions we avoid out of superstition are taboos.

Never Stop Living

Does self-image ultimately determine how the body will perform?

A Grief So Profound

What can we learn from ancient myths about grief and mourning in the present?

Cockfighters and Poets

What the cockfighter and the artist have in common is what they put on the line.

Book of Job

My dad once had me prove I went to church by explaining that Sunday’s sermon.

Death by Confirmation

In this Catholic rite of passage, becoming a man permanently alters a boy’s relationship to his father.

The Day Mrs. Ryan Broke Up Our Rock and Roll Band

In August, 1976, five kids from Northeast Philly were going to be the heroes who saved Rock and Roll.

Original Sin

To be free of the lifelong effects of a childhood failure, Albie had to do more than remember what happened.

The Meaning of Life

Jeff Swain’s new column on The Good Life explores the myths that tell the story of what it is to be a human being.

Eulogy for Uncle John

Jeff Swain remembers his uncle who taught him his first dirty joke, helped raise him, and taught him about being a man.