Monthly Archives: May 2012

How do you deal with disappointment?

With the Indy 500 coming up this Sunday, I can’t help but think of the drama of last year’s race. Young J.R. Hildebrand had successfully negotiated 199 of the 200 laps (each 2.5 miles) and was rounding the corner to … Continue reading

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In the palm

Like many families, we went through our phase of keeping small pets, including a couple hamsters. My favorite of those was Chester. As you may know, hamsters only live about three years. As Chester got to be that age, it … Continue reading

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A team like clockwork

As a former track and field athlete and coach, my favorite events were the sprint relays. It’s no accident that the 4×400 relay usually ends the meet. It underscores the idea that, despite many individual heroics, this is still fundamentally … Continue reading

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Ten albums that left an imprint on my life

These are albums (and I use that term intentionally as they were originally acquired on vinyl) that enriched my soul.  Not in any particular order, these aren’t necessarily my favorite albums or what I would consider the best, but I … Continue reading

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“The Not So Big Life”: Quality over quantity

Sarah Susanka made her name as an author by writing about how the space of a home should be about quality rather than quantity in her book, “The Not So Big House“.  A few years later, in  ”The Not So … Continue reading

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Why I love John Steinbeck

I remember that I once read John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” on New Year’s Day.  Now, anyone who has read this book would think, “Why would you want to start your year off in such a depressing way?”  And … Continue reading

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What makes a good team?

  As an elementary school student in the late 1960s, when I would lie on my back in the grass and daydream, I’m quite sure I never once imagined a future profession in which I would work with information technologies like … Continue reading

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Beware gumption traps!

In my spare time, I enjoy tinkering with a 1987 Toyota Celica that I bought for $1000.  I love this car, perhaps a little too much given my determination not to be materialistic, but it naturally has some of the … Continue reading

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