Hearth

Home is where the hearth is. The end of year is oft a time to look back with some remiss and forward with some hope. We tend to think of highs and lows - heights and hollows - yet I find I think more of hearth as the years continue to pass. There is a … Continue reading Hearth

Get Over It

Are you pretty smart? I am. At least I thought I was. Coming out of college - check that, high school- I was convinced I was not only smart but decisive, a take-action kind of guy. Believe me, there are scenarios where you want smart take-action oriented people: if I'm in a stricken sub well … Continue reading Get Over It

Punt

So it goes. My friend Mick and I were talking the other day. I'd love to tell you we were enjoying a strong bevvy watching the afternoon unwind but we were both still working. I'd called him a few days earlier for advice on a project I was looking at: he's pretty straight forward and … Continue reading Punt

Hungry Birds

Ah, the smell of fresh cut grass in the hot days of summer. Long time readers know I enjoy summer days more than anything else: having been born in Phoenix I like hot 365 days a year. Call me crazy. Like every season summer has its rituals. The backyard barbecue (we do not spell it … Continue reading Hungry Birds

Eso Depende

Depende. Years ago I learned to scuba dive in Cozumel. In many ways it was the trip of a lifetime. One of the most memorable elements to me however was the sanguine response of my scuba instructor every time I asked a question. "Depende," he would respond rarely ever changing his demeanor. At the time … Continue reading Eso Depende

The Value Quotient

Take a deep breath. An advantage of being an elder presence in the workforce (and I assure you there are many) is that I carry with me a long canon of previous experience and can get past many things if not all with some set of ease if not a sense of déjà vu. Haven't … Continue reading The Value Quotient

Focus

Do you like to hike? Hiking is one of those things (much like golf) that you can do for your entire life, and it keeps you out in the fresh air. If there's a cool stream near by so much the better. I like it. Hiking requires a certain perspective and a little thought. Yes, … Continue reading Focus

Repair Shop

Can you drop it off? Recently one of my tires (tyres for my UK friends) developed a slow leak. As cars go regular maintenance is the key. As a prototypical American boy of my generation (unlike Millenials) I loved the freedom of four wheels and a set of keys but that freedom can be tempered by … Continue reading Repair Shop

What Matters Most

Be careful. Not long ago I got into a disagreement with my good friend Katarzyna. Actually it wasn't really a disagreement: I was just an idiot. At some point I had enough sense to reach out and apologize and, luckily for me, she has enough grace to accept that and forgive me. So it goes. … Continue reading What Matters Most

Two Men

Its a hot June afternoon. For sun devils like myself it can never be too hot. Yet I have an advantage: as someone who works from home I can step inside whenever its too warm and as I toil away I seldom wear more than shorts and a t-shirt. I can adapt. Moments ago a … Continue reading Two Men