Q Los Angeles

This week Sarah and I are at the Q Conference in LA. I love LA. I’ve been here each of the last several years for another conference. It’s her first trip. We spent yesterday and will spend Friday/Saturday exploring the city. I’m really excited that she’s at this event this year. Q is a great forum for learning and dreaming. …

A Big Pile of Rocks

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One of the things several of us on the team have discussed is that we’re doing work that we would rarely do in our own homes. The main project we’re working on in Honduras is the construction of part of a retaining wall for the new church building. Roughly 80% of the wall is already constructed and we’re working on …

Honduras Days 0 & 1

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We’re wrapping up our first full day in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Already I know this is going to be a great trip. Yesterday we traveled from Kansas City to Honduras, waking up before 4am – a time I usually don’t see unless I haven’t gone to bed. We arrived in Honduras, got to the mission house and ate a late lunch. …

Familiarity

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As I was out in LA and Portland this past week I had the chance to reflect on the comfort of familiarity. For the past 13 years I’ve attended Adobe MAX (or its previous forms). This post isn’t really about the conference, but the experience around it. The past three years the conference has been in LA, and will be …

Occupy Portland

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While I was in Portland on Thursday I had the opportunity to experience the Occupy Portland protest. I’m a huge fan of people watching and Portland has some of the best around. Thursday I was in for a treat though. I’d been out to Tigard to meet with Chuck Bomar and when I got back into the city I was …

Mizzou

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We spent the day today in Columbia introducing Josiah to some of our old spots (because a six month old cares), touring around campus, and going to the football game. I always enjoy being back in Columbia – I’ve got a lot of great Mizzou memories. We got to eat at two of our three favorite places and it’s fun …

Q Chicago #qideas

I'm wrapping up the last bit of work at the church before heading to the airport for a trip to Chicago. I'll be attending the Q conference. I went last year in Austin and thought it was one of the best, most thought provoking opportunities to explore the role of the church. Q is the brainchild of Gabe Lyons (coauthor …

Vacation Email Strategy

Last fall I adopted a zero tolerance policy for my inbox being out of control. Some weeks I would end the week with several hundred messages that needed to be dealt with in some fashion. While I'm in the office it's been relatively easy to keep up. While my inbox has thousands of messages, they're there purely as an archive. …

Mountain Biking – Givolo & Creekside Trails

We went biking yesterday afternoon, but never managed to find the trail we were looking to ride. This morning we had a different experience though. Biked from the condo out to Fraser then connected with the Givolo trail, followed it out to Northwest Passage and Creekside. Northwest Passage was through an area that has been clearcut due to the mountain …

Welcome to Wilderness

Welcome to WildernessOriginally uploaded by kerner We did our first hike of the trip yesterday, making an attempt to go up Byers Peak. As you can see in the photo, there's still quite a bit of snow on the ground. I'm amused by the sign which says, "Welcome to Wilderness" buried in the snow. We ended up going about four …

Sushi at Kubota – Japantown, San Jose, Ca

A group of us went out last night to Japantown in San Jose.  It is one of only three such communities left in the US (there were more than 40 before the internment of Japanese during WWII). At a tip from Rob Brooks-Bilson we went to Kubota for dinner.  Several of us ordered the chef special sushi, which is essentially …

Blogging from SGF

It seems like a tradition that I make a blog post before I get on a plane in Springfield. This week it's off to San Jose for the Adobe Community Summit – two days of training and two days of meetings with Adobe staff. Last year was an outstanding event, and the schedule for this year looks equally good. No …