Back to Basics: Home Recycling

Note to self, don’t choose the hottest week of the year to organize the entire house. Hot, sticky and surrounded by bags of items to donate, piles of odds and ends awaiting a yard sale, and bags and bags of trash, my seven year old inspired me to go one step further. On a quick

Event Lessons From Outside

Last week TDWI hosted it’s annual San Diego conference, a show I usually attend in full force but missed. If you’re not familiar with The Data Warehouse Institute (TDWI) and you’re a data warehouse/business intelligence professional you should check them out http://www.tdwi.org/. TDWI is an amazing organization with tremendous membership and talent. They do a

Two Days To Perspective

A friend of the family was kind enough to share their lakeside cottage with us. On Monday night I left work, hit the grocery store, and made the two hour drive to our quiet retreat in the woods. Well, it was quiet before I arrived with three of my boys ages 7, 8 and 10.

What’s Your Legacy?

Aside from Thriller video flash backs and trying to moon walk with my children, the Michael Jackson media craze has had a positive side effect. It got me started thinking about the legacies we leave behind. Instinctively, many consider personal legacies – our children, the homes we decorate, perhaps even the charitable causes we support.

Saying Nothing, the Best Advice

Last night my son finished reading and asked to be tucked into bed. It’s our usual routine for me to lay next to him and talk about his day. He was unusually quiet and I asked if he wanted to just cuddle tonight. Enthusiastically he pulled my arm around him and said yes. I had

What’s Your Brand All About?

What’s your brand all about? No, not your company brand. What does your personal brand represent? Until recently I never thought I had a personal brand. As a marketing professional I took on the persona of the company that paid the bills (or at least that’s what I thought). I’ve always been selective about the

Are you part of the art department?

I’ll never forget the look of shock on my bosses face the first time one of the executive team introduced him as “leading the art department”. Mike, my boss, was the Vice President of Marketing for a technology company with a long career and many credentials. While he, like most of my marketing colleagues, is

Say Good-bye to Youth

A good friend reminded me that today is our 20th graduation anniversary, ouch! After I got over the uncontrolled need to seek out a good plastic surgeon, I started thinking about all of the things that have changed in the past two decades. Who I am has changed. I am more confident. Perhaps it’s because

Advice for a Retiring Parent

My father retires in exactly 14 days. I know this because he’s been counting down with vivid milestone charts for the last two years. After a long and dedicated career in education, most recently as President of International School Services, to say my father is looking forward to having nothing to do, no planes to