A lot of people have those go-to songs, or albums, or something special in their music collection that they always come back to. This is the story of one of those albums, and one of my favorite bands ever. The story begins because ages and ages ago, my friend Mark gave me an album that … Read moreMusic of My Youth: The Ultravox Story
Ages and ages ago, or 1972 to be more precise, an album came out that was aimed squarely at kids around my age. It was Free to Be…You and Me. The album tried to build on a movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s to foster gender neutrality, racial equality, tolerance, and a belief that anyone … Read moreMusic of My Youth: Free to Be…You and Me
It’s glorious how for those first few days after some high-profile person commits suicide that depression and national help hotlines get back in the headlines, isn’t it? Except it isn’t. It’s a Band-Aid, a weak offering of help to those who cannot, will not, and may not even realize they need to ask for help. … Read moreDepressing, Isn’t It?
I was struck by this post in my news feed this morning. In it, the author tries to compare players kneeling at an NFL football game with such things as peeing on Ted Kennedy’s grave, or (nonsensically) to the illegal immigrant who killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco a couple of years ago. (Go ahead … Read moreConservatives don’t get protests
I have never been to a professional conference–not one that was outside of the town I lived in, or longer than a single day, anyway. That changed this past week as I was dispatched to Orlando to attend the IAITAM ACE Conference. First off, let me explain something: I work in IT Asset Management, which … Read moreProfessional Development Is Humid
Pardon my vanity, but honestly, that’s what a blog is all about, right? This blog is, and frankly, always has been, about me. And those around me. And I’ve always wanted it to be something that was entertaining, interesting, meaningful, and, well, something I’d be compelled to do because it was cool. And fun. Almost … Read moreSo, It’s Been a Year…
Like a groundhog stepping out of his hidey-hole to see his shadow, Trump and his fellow conservative, white, rich guys…er, administration…have come forth blinkingly into the sunlight, with their tax plan. While this coincides with the 100th day of their rule of our fine land, please note that it is not a celebration of that time. Rather, it … Read more…Of, by, and for the people…Or not.
Tracy Claeys was fired from his job as the head football coach for the University of Minnesota. Honestly, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone (including Claeys himself who noted that he told his family that he likely would be fired Tuesday morning), but in interviews he’s been doing, he keeps hitting on a … Read more“…And That Is Why You Fail.”
The headline should say it all, but I know that people won’t get it, so here goes the explanation… First, fake news isn’t the reason the election turned out the way it did. There are many reasons for that, not the least of which was the remarkably large number of people who stayed home and … Read moreFake News Isn’t The Problem
Quietly, in the dead of night, and out of the glare of public scrutiny, House GOP members voted to make significant changes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). (Note: they have since rescinded their move after a backlash not only from the public, but also from their own speaker of the house and president-elect.) Now, … Read moreTransparency, My Ass