And I Quote…

December 29th, 2012

Stay far from timid
Only make moves when your heart’s in it
And live the phrase “sky’s the limit”
– Notorious B.I.G.

Hardly Working: Start-up Guys

December 9th, 2012

Yes! My partner, Bruce, recently turned me on to this video from This is absolutely hilarious! Must watch!

Cardigan Season

October 12th, 2012

A little over a week ago I wore a cardigan for the first time in several seasons. To me it symbolized the arrival of Fall, the most fashionable time of year. Putting on that Cardigan also reminded me of Mister Rogers. I loved to watch Mister Rogers growing up, and his cardigan sweaters left an indelible mark on my sense of fashion. He did a great deal for young children over the course of many generations. I hope that children today and in the future have the opportunity to watch and learn from his timeless program. Above, the greatest television intro of all time. Below, a classic example of Mister Rogers, and his magical ability to interact with children.

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In The Town: Norah Jones

October 11th, 2012

Norah Jones is one of my five favorite artists spanning any genre. Having the opportunity to see her live two nights ago was quite the treat. I have always wanted to see her live, and she did not disappoint. She an amazing talent, and I enjoyed the atmosphere of her show at the Chicago Theatre. If she comes to your town, go see her!

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In The Town: Kevin Hart

September 30th, 2012

Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain Tour rolled into Chicago last night at the United Center, and I was on hand. Hart runs a tight show that prohibits calling, texting, photos, recording, or any other mobile device functions as enforced by event security patrolling the venue for violators…armed with flashlights. So, the above picture taken before the show began was the best I could do. The show was very funny. There were three opening comedians who all did a great job as they set the stage for Hart. For a comedian to do an arena tour says a lot for their popularity, and Hart is certainly the biggest comedian in the world right now. If he comes to your city, you should go! WARNING: Your ribs and/or cheeks will be in pain afterwards.

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In The Town: Silversun Pickups

September 25th, 2012

I had the pleasure of catching the Silversun Pickups this past weekend when they performed in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom! SSPU is on my shortlist of favorite artists, and I have been dying to see them live for several years. They did not dissapoint! Bassist Nikki Monninger is on maternity leave as she is expecting twins, so Sarah Negahdari of The Happy Hollow filled in and got a warm reception from an impressively enthusiastic crowd. After performing a stellar set, they returned for an encore that culminated with Well Thought Out Twinkles. The supporting acts, Atlas Genius, and School of Seven Bells were also good.

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And I Quote…

September 10th, 2012

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

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What’s Your Story?

August 22nd, 2012

Presentation is so important. Whether you are trying to develop a company, product, or your personal brand, its is crucial that you have a story to tell. In order to give yourself the best chance to succeed at whatever it is you are doing, your odds will increase when you are in control of your message. Make sure people know what you want them to know.

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Beginnings: The MidState Years

May 2nd, 2012

I’m not a very reflective person. I tend to take moments for what they are, and then I move on from them as I look forward to what is coming next. Usually, I am so caught up in the next phase of whatever project I am working on that I rarely get to sit back and think about what I may have experienced or been able to accomplish. Now that I’ve taken my talents to Corporate America, I am completely removed from my prior projects, and I have found myself a bit more thoughtful about those earlier days lately.

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And I Quote…

April 29th, 2012

There is no room for second place.
– Vince Lombardi