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Back to the office. What am I missing?

October 30, 2020 | Tags:

I did something strange on Wednesday. I woke up, took a shower and drove to the office. The traffic was light, and many of the construction projects I once cursed have been wrapped up. It was a pleasant and familiar experience in a strange new world. The office was as I left it, although a […] Read More

Only The Curious Will Survive

July 31, 2020 | Tags: , , ,

This post is going to sound a bit dark for an optimist like me, but remember—optimism is about accepting a changed world; happiness isn’t a requirement. Few of us will forget 2020: a global health pandemic, a reckoning on racism, online learning for our children, online work for us, and yes, murder hornets. Just halfway […] Read More

You’re as healthy as your friends are

July 17, 2020 | Tags:

Assorted wisdom for keeping a business open during COVID I’ve written extensively on our work experiences outside the office. I thought it would be helpful to share what we’ve learned through our efforts to keep the printing, mailing and fulfillment operations running smoothly. At the end of March, I asked a group of senior managers […] Read More

Race and Us

June 5, 2020 | Tags: ,

Over the past week, I’ve been talking with family, friends and coworkers about racial equity. The recent video evidence presented has been overwhelming. George Floyd being suffocated by a white police officer, Ahmaud Arbery being shot and killed while jogging through a white residential neighborhood and the racist harassment of Christian Cooper as he was […] Read More

Time to get back to the office?

May 22, 2020 | Tags:

It seems like months ago that our school system decided to close for 10 days in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Ah yes, that actually was months ago. Over the past three weeks, I’ve enjoyed telling stories about working from home, getting some fresh air in Rock Creek Park and most recently, […] Read More

How does this end?

May 15, 2020 | Tags:

This question came up at our dinner table last week. Home-cooked meal number 67, to be exact. We’ve been skirting the subject, as discussing the realities of the coming months only adds to our stressful living situation. But it now seems that my family is coming to terms with our COVID future. February-like normalcy isn’t […] Read More

Finding New Ways to Connect from Afar

May 12, 2020 | Tags:

Like you, many of us have been working from home over the last two months. Some of us have small children at home, some of us are in isolation, some of us have seven grown (or nearly grown) family members living under one roof. This is all to say that, no matter the situation, WFH […] Read More

The Air Seems Cleaner Right?

May 7, 2020 | Tags: ,

My house is crowded these days. I have a small office (closet) where I remotely run our business. My wife and daughters are also working remotely on all the other flat surfaces in the house. I have a son finishing up a semester of college from his bedroom and twin boys who are pretending to […] Read More

Crafts, Crayons, and Holiday Glee

December 19, 2019 | Tags:

The kids are sitting in a scattered circle on a green rug decorated with bugs and flowers when we walk in. They’re moving about with restlessness, eyes rapt with anticipation. After a few attempts to assemble (and calm) the kids, we eventually get everyone split amongst three stations–well, almost everyone; a few kids ricochet between […] Read More