Richelle’s Dad passed away Friday morning, October 20th. We’re going to miss you Dad.
Richelle’s Dad, Gin, passed away Friday morning, October 20th. I’ll be writing about Dad in a follow up here, but before get to that post, I wanted to share that just a month ago, on September 20th, I had the honor of giving a eulogy for his only sibling, his brother Gus, who passed away August 12th.
Uncle Gus was an extraordinary person and I hope you take a moment to read about him.
The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.
Rogers, Fred. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember (p. 6). Hachette Books. Kindle Edition.
That’s a good thing, because change is constant, without it, there’d be no butterflies.
Here is the full quote from “The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember”
Music is the one art we all have inside . We may not be able to play an instrument , but we can sing along or clap or tap our feet . Have you ever seen a baby bouncing up and down in the crib in time to some music ? When you think of it , some of that baby’s first messages from his or her parents may have been lullabies , or at least the music of their speaking voices . All of us have had the experience of hearing a tune from childhood and having that melody evoke a memory or a feeling . The music we hear early on tends to stay with us all our lives.
It’s a great little book to read on any day.
Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
Rogers, Fred. The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember (p. 41). Hachette Books. Kindle Edition.
Just sharing a Mr. Rogers quote to exercise the old gears here.
This was a rough year for so many. Amidst all of it there is plenty to celebrate and be thankful for, and to build upon.
What a crazy year.
I hope all of you have a happy new one.
Here’s to 2017.
I haven’t added a new page to this blog in eons!
I summarized a few FB posts into one page this morning: Poetry for Rose.
We miss you Rose.
I haven’t posted on my blog in about a half a year, and to post now after so long a break feels strange, but it feels necessary. Much of what I’m about to share below I’ve shared privately on social media.
Rose, Richelle’s sister, Emma’s Godmother, her Aunt Roro, passed away early last week, most likely from a heart attack.
Her entire family is struggling to find words that can make any kind of sense of it all, but there is just no way to do so. She meant the world to her family, friends, co-workers and clients.
Parents shouldn’t be put in the situation to have to bury a child.
Sisters who loved each other as the deepest friends shouldn’t be taken from one another so soon.
And Emma, oh Emma, I can’t come close to express her heartache and what she lost. Rose really was Emma’s third parent.
Rose leaves behind so many great memories. Let me share just one: As a late teen, I had never danced. Rose lost her date to the prom and I ended up taking her, with Richelle’s blessing. And Rose got me out on that dance floor. She was that kind of person to so many!
I’ve known Rose since I was 17. She was positive, passionate, and believed in me and Shell. We had the kind of relationship where she knew she could let me have it – and that we’d still be good the next day. We’d talk about vocation, about what our careers meant to us, about how to stand up for ourselves, while not getting caught by the kind of negativity that can keep us locked in place.
She inspired me, and I know I am not alone.
We are all thankful for the prayers and support we’ve been receiving.
If you feel so inclined, send a message to the family on the Wetzel and Son memorial page. Up to date details regarding her memorial service are found there as well.
There is a space in the world that just shouldn’t be. We love you and miss you Rose.
@jon_moore asked his Twitter followers what would Software Engineering as a University Major look like and he posted the interesting replies to to a storify post worth checking out. I found an interesting article, at Dr. Dobbs by Chuck Connell, on contrasts between Software Engineering and Computer Science that I largely agree with.
John Allspaw wrote a fascinating roundup of his thoughts on the 6th Resilience Engineering Symposium.
This, in particular, caught my eye:
There is no Resilience Engineering (or Cognitive Systems Engineering or Systems Safety for that matter) without real dialogue about real practice in the world. In other words, there is no such thing as purely academic here.
If you’ve been following the controversy around Reddit lately (Wired), you might be surprised. The reality is that the challenge of keeping an online community healthy as it grows is tremendous.
One community that has faced many of those challenges successfully over the years is Metafilter. Metafilter is of the strongest examples of online community anywhere on the Web, and has been since 1999. It’s a remarkable story that not enough are aware of, but that might be one of the secrets to its success.
Last month they published a new “State of Metafilter” update, documenting the improvements they’ve been implementing, as well as handling some monumental comings and goings of the team.
Keep Metafilter going with a donation. Better yet, make your donation a subscription, as I have, so that donations are scheduled periodically.