Hold that Bus!

Back in school, I was a band and choir kid. From the first time we could sign up for either, I was in both. I started playing trombone in 6th grade, and joined choir as well. My parents were pleased because it kept me from getting into typical childhood mischief. Every year, choir held special […]

Trick or Treat

Every Halloween, kids dress up as witches, ghosts and goblins, going from house to house in search of the best candy rewards. As I got older, neighbors were less generous when they saw teenagers lurking in their doorway. When the candy bounty ran down, we turned away from asking for treats, and towards tricks. In […]

Mister Fix-it

When my kids were younger, they used to have a saying….. “Dad can fix it….he can fix ANYTHING.” Between YouTube, Google and RepairHelp.com, I’ve saved lots of money, and kept several appliances running way longer than expected. I (unfortunately), some times fall into the trap of believing my own hype.   Once, my wife called from […]

No-Drive List

On today’s 9/11 milestone, it’s sobering to think about all the lives lost, sacrifices made, and heroic efforts in the wake of that tragedy. Even in scary times, however, some times, you can find a funny story (even if you would rather it happened to someone else). In 2001, I worked 2 blocks from the […]

Let it Go…

It’s been about 5 years since the Disney movie “Frozen” came out…but it popped back up in the news because of some uninvited flag waving: (NOTE: No matter what political party, product or web site you’re promoting, nobody wants you to block their view of Olaf). While the flag incident was an interesting news blurb, I […]

First Steps

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, or so goes the old proverb. It’s true that all journeys have to start somewhere – and the toughest part is frequently taking….that first step. We all have ‘journeys’ that we undertake – graduating from school, becoming a parent, or starting a new job […]

There’s Still Time…

This week, I attended the 2018 Toastmasters International annual convention in Chicago. Despite being a Toastmaster for five years, it was my first time going to the convention….and my first time competing in the International Speech Contest at the Semi-Final level.  It was quite an experience, meeting Toastmasters from all over the globe – some were […]

Doing the Right Thing

Fifteen years ago, September 11, 2001. I was working around the corner from the White House, sitting in a facilities meeting, talking about disaster recovery. Someone stuck their head in the door and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Having flown in and out of Laguardia many times, I figured that someone […]

Turning the Page

Another orbit around the sun….and 2015 is history. It’s been quite a year, with a lot of highs, a few lows, and a number of changes that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m grateful for the friends and family that continue to remind me that there is far more good in the world than […]

What’s Next?

Have you ever finished a major project or completed a goal that should give a feel of accomplishment, only to feel a let-down? Has all that drive that you put into the goal  now dissipated, and you find yourself adrift, waiting for the next inspiration? I know the feeling. I’ve frequently found myself in ‘post-goal’ syndrome, […]