Laboratories of Democracy

Back in the mid-90s, I worked at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington.  It was my second time moving away from Oklahoma, and the first time where the experience changed me and helped me develop into the leader I try to be today. It also taught me about the many different names for rain, as well as […]

Play to your Strengths

October 26, 2017 One of the best parts of my profession involves being a tireless seeker of truth, and by extension, information.  It’s been a part of me forever.  When I was growing up minor arguments would erupt at the dinner table that would be solved by me rushing to the bookshelves, grabbing a World […]

You don’t know how it feels

October 3, 2017 RIP, Tom Petty… This week I’m at the United Way’s Finance, Talent, and Technology Management Forum in Dallas.  It’s my first time here — the UW has recently added “Technology” to the roster of this conference, and it’s been a wonderfully refreshing opportunity to learn and discuss all the big-picture tech issues, […]

What? And give up Show Business?

My favorite joke about working in Nonprofit Leadership.  From the Vaudeville era: The circus comes to town, and everyone turns up for the grand parade down Main Street.  There’s the Strong Man, the Bearded Lady, and Lions and Tigers in cages, pulled by beautiful horses.  Then, at the end, come the Elephants marching in single […]

Unintended Consequences

September 24, 2017 Like most of the U.S. (of a certain age anyway), I’m slogging my way through Ken Burns’ Vietnam on PBS.  Since I was a youngster back then, it’s been educational to fill in the blanks of my memory on the War that Won’t Go Away.  I’ve been relearning the terms “Viet Minh,”  […]

Jury Duty Eclipses the Eclipse

August 25, 2017 Okay: you can say I told you so. Since July 5th this year I’ve been “on call” with the US District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma.  Every Friday after 5:00 pm (all Summer) my ritual has been to log on to their eJuror site to see if I had to report the […]

Telco Hangover

July 31, 2017 There are things, like drinking to excess, that one does and, while you’re in the throes of worshipping at the shrine of the Porcelain God, your brain goes:  “Right! NOW I REMEMBER why I haven’t done this in a decade…” I had the same experience over the weekend trying to move my […]