Winter

It's a soft winter's night. The moon is nearing full and shines warmly through the cloudless sky. I sit on the porch reflecting on the goodness of life surrounded by the sounds of the city offset by my chimes swaying softly overhead. People are walking, the breeze is blowing and the city seems calm. It's … Continue reading Winter

Character

Got character? I know, I've heard it a hundred times: character is what we do when no one else is looking, right? Maybe not. Maybe character is what we do when everyone is looking. The other day I sent a note to a work mate reminding her how good she was. That's right: I actually … Continue reading Character

Running in the Dark

Do you run in the dark? I live on a running trail surrounding a pond. Oh the trail isn't long, but it is right outside my door. So when I'm not running on it I'm often looking at it. Sitting on my porch admiring the view from the intersection of one of Austin's busiest corners. … Continue reading Running in the Dark

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