When I see someone who has great relationship or communication skills, if I say I’m envious of those skills, or jealous of those skills, that has a negative connotation; like I want to take those skills from them. But what I really mean is I aspire to be more like them. I respect, and honor, […]

Gratitude Journal

Way back, in what now feels like the beginning of time, I read an interesting little “technical” book, Becoming a Technical Leader, which included a statement of, roughly, “if you want to be a real leader, start your technical journal today.” That sounded like good advice, so I got a spiral notebook and started. A […]

Beyond Gratitude

I’m clearly a super-fan of gratitude. Making that choice to choose gratitude has been one of the most positive experiences of my life. Now that I’m on that path, I want to do more. For instance, I’m wide open for ideas on how to improve in any of these!

Hand-Written Notes

Several years ago, Steve Leveen, the founder of, wrote a beautiful blog post on the value of hand-written notes. As best I can tell, it no longer exists on the web. Fortunately, I saved a copy which I’m reproducing here (with some loss of formatting): Seize the rewards of writing your own handwritten notes…before […]

Thanksgiving: What Are We Thankful For? To Whom?

What are we thankful for this year? To whom are we thankful? Looking back more than 200 years. New York, 3 October 1789 By the President of the United States of America; a Proclamation. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be […]