Two of my former student employees have reached out for recommendations recently. It has been about a year since we last worked together, so I was happy to oblige and excited to catch up with them about what they have going on now, how their studies are going and what they want to do after […]

Birthdays are fun. Whether your the one celebrating others or they are celebrating you, it’s nice to be able to share special occasions with people you care about. As a kid, it’s probably one of the days you look forward to or think about for, I’d say, about 360 days a year. The other five […]

Sociology. Psychology. Theology. Literature. Philosophy. These are noble pursuits of education and thinking and all contribute to our understanding of people and the systems they create. These fields of study help us understand the how and why of the way things are, each from its own perspective. Sometimes liberal arts degrees have a bad reputation […]

Wake up. Walk the dog. Feed the dog. Make coffee. Pack lunch. Eat breakfast. Get ready. Drive to work. Work. Drive home. Spend time with family. Dinner. Bed. Routines make it easy to know what to do or what’s coming up next or how your day will generally flow. This is especially true for babies […]

It’s been a while since I’ve purchased a new computer. I did get a new work laptop a couple of years ago and it was fun looking at various computer stats and how various parts and upgrades contribute to performance. What kind of hard drive, how much RAM, what kind of processor, what kind of […]

People have three types of problems – internal, external and philosophical. Writers, screenwriters, novelists and story tellers use the framework of these three problems to develop their characters. The characters in stories are often complex and that’s what makes them more relatable to the audience. The more the characters seem like us, the more likely […]

Homebrewing beer is a hobby that will save you money and introduce you to a world you’ve never really thought that much about.

The Tooth Fairy. The Easter Bunny. Santa Claus. Each of these characters were as real to me as my parents and brothers were real. I remember clearly the day I realized these characters were not actually real, they were only celebrated cultural icons. I believed in these creatures. The truth did not matter, however, because […]

Work from home success requires an appropriate physical space and time management skills.

Systems are only as good as the people that use them. But systems are how things scale and grow and create new opportunity. Something I think about every time I get in a car and drive is how transportation systems work in our society. Street lights, stop signs, lane lines, off ramps – all these […]