Achieving Placement

I’m a word oriented person. I write. Using characters that are easily found on the lower three rows of a keyboard. Oh, my fingers may venture up to the top row now and then, if I mention an address, or a price, or even in conjunction with the Shift Key when I need to change…

Too Much Alone, Yet Not Alone

The title, words to Rainier Maria Rilke’s poem, came up coincidentally in my news feed today as I was writing this blog post.  The poem, (Read it here if you like) is about loneliness and the difficulty of getting what we want, whatever that might be.  In my case, what I want is a college…

I Decided to Finish My College Education

I’ve made some crazy decisions in my life. In the late 1970s, 1 month after graduating from high school, I made the brilliant decision to use what little money my parents had put aside for my college education, to get married. Brilliant. That decision alone should have made it clear to me that I needed more education,…

First World Problems

You’ve heard the term, “first world problems” right? You use it when you complain about something that in reality is quite a luxury… theoretically, anything that wouldn’t be considered a problem at all in say a third world country… something inconsequential, that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, is not worth writing home about……

It All Starts Over Today

I sit here writing this on a three week old MacBook Air that is basically mine, even though it is provided by my employer. (Speaking of my employer, I somehow am the Executive Assistant to two 25 year old future Bill Gates entrepreneurs – more on that in a future post.) I’m happily propped up…

Happiness Is The Truth

Lately, I’ve been hearing Pharrell’s Happy song in my head nearly all the time. Partly, because it’s infectious, but mostly because I’m truly happy! I think the coolest thing about this song is that Pharrell doesn’t just keep his happy to himself, he invites us to join in! And really if you think about it, when you’re…

Irish Stew with Lamb, Barley, and Guinness

Bhí sé go blásta!! (vee shay go BLAWS-tuh)  - That’s Irish for “It was delicious!!” Sure’n that’s what you’ll be after sayin’ once ye’ve tried this AUTHENTIC Irish Stew, me darlin’s. And its not only delicious, if you do it right, its also fun to create! This recipe makes A BUNCH!  Seriously, it filled up…

Improve Your Monday With Midwestern British Oat Bars

We’ve all had one.  That fabulous weekend, chock full of exactly what you wanted, when you wanted it.  A steady, self-actualizing stream of happenstance, serendipity, and meet ups, with just the right amounts of food and drink and sleep. And then it hits you.  The Monday. Where you had been floating through your weekend in…

Brain Cider

Taking a step back from things always gives you a fresh perspective. For instance, Downtown Dad, with his career move into the world of Healthcare Public Affairs, has had to take a step back from the very thing that gave him his Downtown monicker in the first place. But downtown, and all things economic development…