A close friend of mine has spent years looking for and cataloging diverse children's books. When she shared the list I was overwhelmed by it. I asked her permission to share it here because it's the best list I've seen to date on the topic. Hopefully some of you find as much in this list… Continue reading Diverse Children’s Books
In a meeting last week we were talking about T+2 challenges. Certainly Robinhood has brought these back to light. Companies these days are commonly raising capital left and right just to fund payments. The thing is, T+2 is going away right before our very eyes and pre-funding requirements are now being solved through various mechanisms.… Continue reading Solving T+2 Settlement
This is a really incredible project in red rural America by artist b.Robert Moore. Here is the artist statement: Inspired by many national and global protests demanding reform in policy and government to address the racial and civil injustices against humanity, specifically Black American citizens in America. Motivated by the various voices fighting human rights, Robert curated a small… Continue reading Harvesting Humanity
Systemic racism is not ok. Unequal treatment of Black people is not ok. Killing a Black man in the street is not ok. Generational oppression of a race is not ok. This shouldn't need to be said but in the context of today's America it needs to be said. Black lives matter. We as human… Continue reading It’s not ok
Building Monetery has been a wonderful experience in building community. The conference experience is influenced by various other conferences around the world. It's quite small and it's meant to be a bit niche. I'd even go as far to say it's a boutique conference... It has its own style and approach. The conference also has… Continue reading Building Monetery
I recently took a true vacation. A week off-grid with my family in the mountains with just a hot tub, endless trees, silence, and each other. When I got back I could feel myself walking differently, breathing more deeply, and I kept wanting to get on my bike or get closer to sunlight. Over the… Continue reading Good Habits
Transgender people, those whose internal gender identity differs from the sex that was assigned to them at birth, make up about 1.4 million adults in the United States. They are our friends, neighbors, loved ones and co-workers. The best way to be supportive isn't always clear. Even recently, my partner and I were discussing our… Continue reading The Transition Forward Project
For years I've wanted to design a chess set. It's universal language has always been an attraction for me. I started doodling around Thanksgiving and creating my first parts over Christmas break. I finally finished the set a few weeks ago. The initial designs were all done in Sketchup and that's where the images below were… Continue reading Just because
In a Technology Association of Iowa board meeting many weeks ago, the topic of talent emerged. I always think this is an interesting topic. The specific discussion led to, "why do students leave Iowa who study here?" The outcome of the TAI board meeting was to come up with something to present that covered: How… Continue reading Why do well educated young people leave Iowa?
I remember the day my friend shot himself in the head. He got into an argument with his girlfriend at the time, put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. He wasn't a good friend per se, but he was a friend. I liked him, cared about him, and remember always having fun… Continue reading I can’t.