my.First French Press

I received a pretty cool gift for Christmas this year. My beautiful wife got me a French Press! I’ve seen one used before, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try it out for myself. I keep hearing from my friends that this is the only way they drink coffee and will never go back to the machines.

I got the BonJour French Press Monet with Polished stainless steel. You can check out the specs on Amazon at the link above. I love the way it looks. It’s not overly expensive either. Continue reading my.First French Press

Learning about @backonmyfeet

I saw Anne Mahlum’s Ted Talk a few years ago. Her TEDx Talk showed up on my TEDx newsfeed as I searched for entrepreneurial motivation.

What touched me most is when she talks about her father. How much she adored him, loved him. Made me think of my Dad. Miss the old guy.

She found her purpose at that moment in her life. Going against all odds to make sure the guys outside the homeless shelter felt noticed, recognized, appreciated, valued, cared for, loved, and cheered for. Expanding this effort across the United States.

Great story. Great motivation. Thanks @annemahlum.

Thanks for the awesome bracelet.

Back on my Feet bracelet

HTC @chickentakeover Battles Poverty with HR @TEDxColumbus

Hot Chicken Takeover is a restaurant that opened in Columbus, Ohio several years ago. I heard about this place when they first opened in a small “shack” in historic Franklinton. I remember driving by and seeing the long lines along the street.

It wasn’t until they moved to the North Market in the Arena District that I had my first taste of their wonderful spicy chicken, slaw, and Ma’s mac & cheese.  Since then, I’ve been hooked.

Unbeknownst to me, HTC was not just in the business of making award-winning chicken. They are taking on something much greater. Owner and Founder, Joe DeLoss provides us with a compelling look at how HR can disrupt the poverty cycle.

Like Joe, I am flawed (in a good way), to judge people by their future, not their past. A must listen for all, especially social entrepreneurs.


Thank you Carolers! #ChristmasCheer #Joy #ChristmasCaroling

christmas-carolers-1We watched Christmas with the Kranks over the weekend to get in the “Christmas” mood. The movie is about a couple, whose only daughter decided to join the Peace Corp in December and drove the empty nesters to re-think what to do for Christmas.

They decided to simply “skip” Christmas that year. Meaning, no tree, no decorations, no cards, and no anything that has to do with Christmas. They actually become the talk of the town. Pretty funny. They substituted the festive season with a cruise instead. It was an all or nothing deal.

One early evening, during their Christmas boycott, Carolers came up to the house. They hid from them hoping they’d disappear quietly to the next home. Every year I see this part of the movie, I’ve always asked, what are we supposed to do when Carolers come up to our home?

Well…they FINALLY arrived!  After so many years of waiting for carolers to hit up our home, this was the year!  To be honest, I didn’t know what to do! I ran over to Amber in the kitchen and told her we had carolers!  Then, the big question….”what do we do?!”

We went out and enjoyed the carols. We loved it and it made our day! Thank you Mrs. Root and  carolers for coming out to spread Christmas cheer to our neighborhood! Much love!

A Beautiful Letter to Max

The Zuckerbergs write a beautiful letter to their daughter, Max. It’s a letter full of hope, success, and responsibility. For a moment there I thought I was reading a letter from Nostradamus with a twist; instead of devastation, we have the ability to change what some would think is our fate.

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Also, I wonder what it’s like to have the Terminator “like” my status and Melinda Gates comment how thrilled she is. How cool would that be?!

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Congratulations Zuckerbergs!