Gratitude for Lunch Napkins

One of the many things I’m grateful for this year is my little boy + the gifts he gives me, like making it seem so easy to reinvent a simple + valuable exercise of consistently iterating + innovating using a limited set of materials + parameters by sharing his ideas to draw a unique napkin for his lunch each day.

Earth Day 2018

The 10/65 Film Festival was a complete success. So much gratitude to everyone who helped make it so. Our kids are amazing artists + voices for sustainability in our schools + community. Watch some of our favorite entries from this year’s festival.

Walking down the same, old street to discover something new.

Isn’t it funny, how we can live in the same neighborhood for years, walking up + down its streets, sidewalks, stairways, straightaways + curves only to discover something new, something so obvious yet we’ve never seen it before? It might be something as small yet significant as a street sign that’s always been there, or…

Make lists!

Like making lists? Me, too. Even though my lists may not look like lists in the traditional sense, they still serve a pretty cool purpose.

What’s the 10/65 Film Festival?

Ever made a 10-second film using your phone or tablet? Evanston’s District 65 Green Team is a committee dedicated to helping promote sustainability in our communities + schools. This year, we’re promoting the idea of Reuse, Reduce + Recycle through a 10 Second Film Festival.

Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

Out of necessity, farmers wear many hats: electrician, veterinarian, carpenter, botanist, mechanic, businessperson, maker, tinkerer + in this high-tech era, hacker. Their ability to maintain their own equipment is currently being challenged by manufacturers, becoming an issue that will impact future generations of farmers, as well as our rights as consumers to hack, modify + tinker with our own devices.

Impervious to Change.

The working world is unpredictable. It already exists as something other than it did 20 years ago. Work doesn’t look the same as it did then. Working looks the same as playing to many people. When we are doing work around our parents, for example, it’s difficult for them to tell if we’re “doing social media” or looking at that spreadsheet Bill from accounting just sent over.

TAG, you’re it.

Yesterday was kind of a big deal, celebrated quietly inside my own heart. It was the 10th anniversary of the day I completed a labor of love that changed my life for so much the better.

Star Wars, Role Models + Making Choices

Few things are more satisfying to geeky parents than watching Star Wars with their child(ren) for the first time and noticing which character they take to. I was 5 years old when I saw it, my first movie. It wasn’t just a movie. It was a drive-in movie. It wasn’t just a drive-in movie. It was Star Wars.

Thanks, folks.

Dear Mom + Dad,

Thanksgiving was your favorite holiday, bar none. It was the most special of them all, the only day of the year everyone else acted the way you two did each and every average Sunday: preparing food for the ones you love in a most festive way, with great attention to detail for the ritual and sheer joy of it.