The necessary struggle with technology

I have had a love-hate relationship with technology for many years.  I have been frustrated by mandated updates, spam, and lost data.  My frustrations have come as a result of slow working processing systems and human mishaps.  I wondered why devices have not been able to withstand my family dropping phones on the ground, dropping […]

Winning and Losing

Winning and losing means so many things to so many people.  The terms winning and losing go beyond competitive games.  I use the word “winning” to acknowledge or affirm actions or a set of circumstances that result in  favorable outcomes.   In my opinion, winning always has a positive connotation for the winner.  Winners tend […]

Being perfectly abnormal is normal

“I love to be around people who retain a sense of childlike quality,” said Bryan Cranston when he appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.  His statement normalized my need to embrace laughter and opportunities to break from the heaviness of life to engage in a joke or a giggle.  Past experiences that made me […]

“The Monster That Ate My Socks” by A.J. Cosmo

I had every intention of writing something funny and spirited this week.  Then, something happened that caused a distraction.  Funny how one thing can spiral into many things and get in the way of the one good thing you planned for the day.  I almost missed the opportunity to trigger my happy hormones focusing on […]

What makes a “smart city” smart?

“If you forget about the people, you miss what it is to be smart,” said David Graham, the Deputy Chief Operating Office for the City of San Diego.  I watched a story about San Diego becoming a model smart city.  He has been instrumental in the vision and strategy of using technology to enhance the […]

More Reflections on Mental Wellness

Have you ever said something like,”If only I had known then what I know now.”  I have said that more times than I can recall.  The truth is that I might not have done things differently even if I had known the outcome.  Sometimes I think that we believe that we can change the outcomes […]

Living with Mental Illness

This month is mental health awareness month.  Like other awareness months, the hope is that opportunities will arise for people to learn more, be understood more than before, invest in legislation and research focused on the topic of the month, and change the lives of the people living with the condition for the better.  Excellent […]

How much will your adventure cost me?

I spend a lot of time coaching young people through transitions from kid to captain of their journeys.  I have watched some young people navigating the terrain like they chartered their course years prior.  On the other hand, I felt the wrath of the entitled youth too proud to admit that a glance at a […]

Hidden in Plain Sight

Last week proved to be a long week and the week coming will likely be a version of the last.  I decided that a  laugh might help us all.  Sharing my experiences related to me getting sidetracked and forgetting things also will normalize my behaviors.  Hopefully, you will feel more “normal” too. Just saying out […]

A Moving Meditation

Instead of spending time writing last Saturday morning, I made some early morning phone calls, went to an exercise class, went to a fitness tailgate, then I skipped the game in order to go hang out with a friend who needed  time to vent and laugh.  By the time I got back home, I wanted […]