Remember when the Army had a commercial that said “we do more by 5 am than most people do in a day?” At least I think it was the Army. It may have been one of the other armed forces, and if it was, I’m still pretty certain that the statement would apply to any of them. There is no harder working group of people on earth than our military. So believe me when I tell you that while being a parent is tough work, I do not mean to marginalize the hard work the U.S. Military does on a daily basis. Having said that, the slogan did occur to me on more than one occasion this past looooong weekend.
Our fundraiser for the homeless woman and her children raised a little over $3,000.00. I was pretty amazed that you all felt compelled to participate in such a big way! It, once again, restores my faith in humanity, recognizing that as individuals we’re pretty awesome. As a group. we can be even more so.
Just imagine what would happen if 1/3 of the U.S. population opened up their homes to those without.
Here is a story about how the residents of Iceland opened up their homes to Syrian Refugees.
There’s a saying that goes something like, “You can take the person out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the person.” I don’t remember it exactly because, frankly, I’m not at all fond of it. I think it generalizes and it’s a cop-out. The sentiment is simple: You cannot change your behavior or thinking because where you came from will always control what you do and where you go. Put more succinctly (and a line Jessica likes to quote from “A Knight’s Tale): You cannot change your stars.
He’s almost two years old and came with two modes: quiet, or loud and violent. That was my first impression of him when I carried him the one block from his mothers car where it was parked to our house.
One of my favorite parts of my job is the fact that I belong to several “chat” channels within the WordPress Community. WordPress is such a vibrant, interactive Community that sometimes you forget that it’s a piece of software that runs about 24% of the web. Interacting with this bunch of folks is great because, over time, we’ve gotten to be friends, but we also help each other out in so many ways; the idea being that a rising tide floats all boats. I know for a fact that my interaction with this Community has helped our company grow drastically in the last two years, and I would definitely like to think that our company’s participation within the Community has helped others’ professional, and perhaps personal growth, as well. The goal of our company has always been to improve the quality of life for anyone we come into contact with.
One of the reasons it took us over two years to find a house in Milwaukee was that we wanted to be sure it was in a neighborhood that we liked. We wanted a “Community” atmosphere. It took some time, but we found it.