Shinecast Back Story-1

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Inspire, Professional | No Comments

Picture an elementary school cafeteria, circa 1969. All the tables have been pushed to the side. The room is now Main Street, America. Sidewalks paved with shiny waxed linoleum tile provide pathways into second-grade small businesses built from appliance boxes. My First Career Day I was the owner of a radio station, blasting out 0.00125 […]

Idea Machine, Day 40: 10 Regrets to Let Go Of

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Grow, Idea Machine Project | No Comments
Idea Machine, Day 40: 10 Regrets to Let Go Of

For Day 40 of Become an Idea Machine, Claudia Altucher prompts us to list 10 regrets to let go. So far, I’ve been posting all of the Idea Machine content over at The Ben Franklin Follies. But a few of the prompts have been less helpful to others, so I’ve decided to publish the more […]

A Letter To My Younger Self

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Discover, Grow, Professional Portfolio | No Comments
A Letter To My Younger Self

In early February, while looking for another document, I found this file saved on my computer….It’s an unfinished letter to my younger self. The file metadata says this was written December 21, 2013. After copying and pasting here on February 11, 2014, and then scanning through it for typos, I’m posting it verbatim. It’s clear […]

Ideas & the Revival of The Ben Franklin Follies

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Discover, Inspire | No Comments
Ideas & the Revival of The Ben Franklin Follies

“I explore, connect, create and communicate ideas.” This is still the tagline of my Google Plus profile. For a long time, I used this tagline on all of my social profiles, but starting around 2012 or early 2013 I updated most of the bios to move away from promoting myself as an idea machine. I […]

Now Be Do: Reflections on 2014

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Grow | No Comments

My 3 words for 2014 were Now, Be, Do. These three words came to me, like a gift. No need for contemplation. Now, Be, Do just popped into my head immediately in December 2013 and I knew these words represented my mandate for 2014. At the time, I perceived Now, Be, Do to be about […]

My Three Words for 2015

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Grow, Inspire | No Comments
My Three Words for 2015

My three words for 2015 are: Sceptre, Beams, Orchard This year, I return to words that serve as metaphors. These three words are the windows to new opportunities and the windows that deliver illumination along the path that leads the way. Sceptre is my window to authority and the power to speak. Beams give strength, energy […]

The Unexpected for Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Inspire | No Comments

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, my mom fell down the stairs and broke her hip. She’s been in a rehab hospital for a little over a week. My brother and his wife drove in immediately from their home in Colorado and they were able to take care of some things for my parents […]

When Things Don’t Turn Out As Expected, Part 2

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Grow, Professional | No Comments

Hard decisions are hard, usually because they are based on incomplete information. Even when the choice seems to be the right now, we aren’t in control of all the variables that can impact that choice. A better title for this post might be: When Integrity Trumps Common Sense. Background I want to preface all of […]

When Things Don’t Turn Out Like You Expected, Part 1

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Grow, Professional, Professional Portfolio | No Comments

In the early Fall of 2007 I returned to the practice of law. At the time, I hoped to build a new practice focused on internet issues, intellectual property and start-up ventures growing out of research at The University of Alabama. I rejoined Rosen Harwood, P.A., in Tuscaloosa, where I’d been a shareholder before leaving […]

The Impact of a Fall

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Grow | No Comments

We never know what the day will bring. This past Saturday morning I slept a bit later than usual, until around 7 a.m. Did my usual journaling and morning reading while I had coffee, then moved to  in the kitchen where I started a jar of peppers for lacto-fermentation, washed more peppers, put chicken in […]