Our custom doodle blanket

Creativity, Projects

Since he was about two-and-a-half, my son has loved to draw. Every day he fills dozens of pages from small, spiral-bound notebooks with adorable images of people, places, and things. His inspiration comes from watching copious amounts of old Blue’s Clues episodes thanks to our Amazon Prime subscription. His mother and I are more than happy to facilitate his creative endeavors with an endless supply of paper and crayons.

Criticize me all you want


Criticism is an unavoidable part of life. We all face it in one form or another. Your kids don’t like the meal you’ve prepared. Your doctor thinks you need more exercise. Your employer isn’t impressed with your proposal for the next big project. Dealing with this feedback is an essential skill both personally and professionally. For the purposes of this post, I want to look at how to deal with criticism in professional settings. I’ll leave the personal issues to someone more educated than me.

Keeping things in perspective

Thoughts, Travel

On my way home from a recent business trip, I was frustrated, angry, and tired. After nearly eight hours of flight delays, I was told the last plane out of Chicago O’Hare was cancelled. Since this came after two solid days of major weather-related travel delays, all surrounding hotels were booked. Renting a car wasn’t even an option at that point. Whether I liked it or not, I was stranded at the airport overnight with thousands of others.