Why Apple Watch’s success may depend on mom

Disclosure: I own Apple stock. However, this blog post is not intended to promote Apple or its products in any way. Anyone who’s been drawn into a Facebook debate about child rearing or hiked in bear country knows you do not mess with moms. Unless maybe if you’re the world’s most valuable company. Last week’s [...]

How What Happened to Seth Rogen Yesterday Happens to All of Us

Yesterday actor Seth Rogen testified about Alzheimer’s before a U.S. Senate committee , and most Senators who presumably never saw “Pineapple Express” didn’t think enough of Rogen to stick around. Or they didn’t think enough of Alzheimer’s. Either way, only two Senators out of 18 who sit on the committee were around to hear Rogen’s [...]

Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Hiking the Veach Gap Trail

If you get in behind the Blue Ridge Mountains near Front Royal, Va., turn down State Route 678, entering Fort Valley, gliding west along Passage Creek, you come to Veach Gap Road, a missable gravel road leading to the Veach Gap trailhead. [dropshadowbox align="right" effect="lifted-both" width="300px" height="" background_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_color="#dddddd" ]Veach Gap Hike – Length: [...]

Admit It, We’re All a Little Bit Guilty of Not Shoveling Snow

When it snows in D.C., many of us don’t bother cleaning off cars or sidewalks. The city always shuts down, schools and employers closing, when flakes pile up, and so we in D.C. hunker down or head to a bar or a friend’s to wait out the storm. We do not bother with shoveling and [...]

How Entrepreneurship Made Me Fatter, Less Confident and Wiser

Last April an opportunity presented itself. For months I had been doing online marketing consulting for small businesses and startups here in D.C., thinking I could grow it into a full time business at some point. In March I attended SXSW Interactive in Austin. While there I met a couple of young ladies who represented [...]

Should You Read ‘The Tipping Point?’

Most of us do work we want to have an impact. Most of us have social and volunteer activities we hope will do the same. You may be responsible for a new process or policy being adopted in your office. Maybe you’re helping your kid in a fundraiser. Perhaps you’re involved in missions work through [...]

What Happens When You Ignore Your Omens

In the movie “Away We Go” the two main characters visit numerous places looking for a spot in which they can raise their coming baby. They’re looking for a home. Do we choose home, or does home choose us? Having lived in five cities, four states, on both coasts and in the U.S. middle, I [...]

Finding the Missing Piece of Gratitude

Gratitude is an easy thing to understand. Or is it? We show gratitude. We do this by saying, “thank you,” displaying appreciation for something another has done for us. Before we can show gratitude, someone has to do something for us that would incite a display of gratitude from us to them. Pretty obvious, right? [...]

Here are the Handwritten Words of the Greatest Man I’ll Never Meet

We look for ties to our past, strings connecting us to those who came before us. Those who predate us are parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Some we are blessed to know on this Earth. Some we never will. My father’s father, Miles Elwood Barron, was given time enough amongst us mortals to raise four [...]

Why 2013 Didn’t Suck Like I Thought It Did

It’s a few days before Christmas and my parents, brother, sister-in-law and myself are taking a little walk in the wooded hills a couple of miles behind the small Missouri farm on which I grew up. There’s a creek, swollen with recent rains and snowmelt, too filled with water to cross. Except we pass a [...]