Motorcycles, Red Lights, and What?

I live at the corner of a very busy intersection in downtown Des Moines. Motorcyclists sit at the red light just below my windows and rev their engine as they anticipate leaping into motion when the light turns green. It’s loud and frequent and many would find it downright obnoxious. I, on the other hand, barely notice it. It’s simply background noise in my personal piece of paradise. I’ve learned to tune out what I don’t want to hear. While this is a good thing at home, I sometimes worry it has … [Read more...]

Challenging the Norm: Salads A to Z

One summer when I was growing up, my mom received an issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine that held a treasure — an article titled “Salads A to Z.” Sure enough, there were 26 salad recipes that spanned the alphabet. Mom was determined to try them all. I don’t remember the specific salads we ate that summer, but I do remember how she went to multiple grocery stores looking for exotic ingredients that were sometimes difficult to find in western New York. But, she did it. In one summer, we … [Read more...]

Walking the Walk and Leaving Good Footprints Along the Way

In October, I participated in an activity that impacted me greatly. Friends and family met in Philadelphia to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk to raise funds to end breast cancer. Each person walked 60 miles in three days after raising funds for the cause. I had trained for months for this and felt prepared to walk through Philly. And then it happened. I was physically prepared, but this event is so much more than a physical challenge. The 750 walkers, 100 support crew members, and … [Read more...]

Walking the Walk and Leaving Good Footprints Along the Way

In October, I participated in an activity that impacted me greatly. Friends and family met in Philadelphia to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk to raise funds to end breast cancer. Each person walked 60 miles in three days after raising funds for the cause. I had trained for months for this and felt prepared to walk through Philly. And then it happened. I was physically prepared, but this event is so much more than a physical challenge. The 750 walkers, 100 support crew members, and … [Read more...]

Walking the Walk and Leaving Good Footprints Along the Way

In October, I participated in an activity that impacted me greatly. Friends and family met in Philadelphia to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk to raise funds to end breast cancer. Each person walked 60 miles in three days after raising funds for the cause. I had trained for months for this and felt prepared to walk through Philly. And then it happened. I was physically prepared, but this event is so much more than a physical challenge. The 750 walkers, 100 support crew members, and … [Read more...]

Focus…Stay with Me…Oh Look, a Squirrel!

”SQUIRREL!!” I love the distracted dog, Dug, in the Pixar movie, “Up.” If you haven’t seen the movie, Dug can’t hold a thought. Instead, anything that passes in front of him grabs his attention, including a squirrel. I can relate. Today’s world is filled with so many distracting bright and shiny new toys that it’s hard to stay focused on the important. And we technology folks are just like Dug. We like the new and shiny. We like to apply technology to any problem you bring to us. We can … [Read more...]