I am a doodler. My notebooks, meetings agendas, and other random scraps of paper have random words and pictures on them. I’m thinking about sharing them on this blog since, to be honest, I rarely use it. Here are some notes of randomness from a recent trip out to New York. To say that I was excited for this trip is an understatement. I was visiting two of my favorite people. Two people that I hadn’t seen since their wedding five years ago!
This is obviously not a doodle per se. Let’s just call it a digital doodle.
I am raising money for the ALS Association. Can you spare a dime to help me out?
Three days. In three days, on Sunday, October 8, I will be running the Chicago Marathon for the fourth time. As in the previous three years I am running to raise money for the ALS Association, the disease that takes someone’s life every 90 minutes. As you probably know my dad’s life was one of those. The ALS Association has done so many great things for pALS, their families, and worldwide ALS research. The personal attention that I have received from ALSA staff really helped me through these trying times. Personal encouragement from Maryilene is THE reason that I am a marathon runner.
Money raised from the ice bucket challenge, along with yearly walks, runs, and other fundraisers have provided research funds to clinics throughout the world (research updates). The research funds made available continue to play a crucial role in understanding this mysterious disease.
Please consider donating a few bucks to support this great organization? As an added bonus, I will share a video of kids soaking me with buckets of water.
Donation link – http://web.alsa.org/site/TR?px=3557317&fr_id=12490&pg=personal
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Today is my 36th birthday. It also marks three years since my dad lost his battle with ALS. I’m not going to pretend that this blog post contains an amazing message or his highly philosophical. (Spoiler – it’s neither.)
Three years later. On my birthday. Three years later I am still trying to grasp what that means. As a skeptic…as a contrarian…as a non-practicing atheist…I have regularly thought about that day. I have thought about that day for three years. Sometimes I think that it was, all things considered, the best birthday present ever. Other days I think it’s the cruelest joke. Still there are some days that I don’t believe it.
The only thing that I do know is that I will never take anyone for granted. I am fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people. You all are amazing. Don’t forget that.
Rest in Peace, Pops. I miss you. And thank you, Mom. You’ve been so strong and supportive through this crazy journey. Oh yeah…Amy & Brian….I love you’se guys.
We spent countless hours making up stories, cooking (mostly) delicious food, watching YouTube videos, and pretending I we were contestants on Chopped. Needless to say, it was a sad day when M and X moved away 4 years ago. Fortunately, I was able to make a quick trip to San Antonio this past weekend for X’s 9th birthday party. My short trip was filled with durian, roller skating, and bad movies (I’m looking at you Nicholas Cage).
The highlight of this trip was clearly the durian. How many 9 year olds do you know that want a durian birthday cake? That’s what I thought. Happy birthday X. You’re the raddest 9 year old in all the land.
Decade of the Durian: a photo essay
X and her birthday durian.
We tried to bust open the durian with our teeth. It didn’t work.
Then M tried…unsuccessfully.
Apparently knives are good for cutting things.
My accomplice in durian fabrication.
We ain’t pros, but we’re pretty good.
Durian rind or Bowser’s remains?
Save some for the cake!
Half way through the vanilla-durian cake.
It’s true. The durian cake was more popular than the chocolate cake. Rad.
This book talk by Putnam demonstrates how much work is to be done in the community development realm. Many of the issues he discusses are extremely relevant to the communities in which I have lived. My interest really piqued when he mentioned a few issues that I work with on a daily basis. Those are “Goodnight Moon” time (the time spent reading with your children) and pay to play in schools. There was so much more in this talk.
Check it out:
From the article “Direction, alignment, commitment: Toward a more integrative ontology of leadership by Wilfred H. Drath, Cynthia D. McCauley, Charles J. Palus, Ellen Van Velsor, Patricia M.G. O’Connor, and John B. McGuire. The article was published in Volume 19, Issue 6 of the Leadership Quarterly.
“[W]e propose an ontology in which the essential entities are three leadership outcomes: (1) direction: widespread agreement in a collective on overall goals, aims, and mission; (2) alignment: the organization and coordination of knowledge and work in a collective; and (3) commitment: the willingness of members of a collective to subsume their own interests and benefit within the collective interest and benefit. (A more detailed discussion of these outcomes is presented later.) Adopting such an ontology would mean that talk of leadership would no longer necessarily involve talk of leaders and followers and their shared goals, but would necessarily involve talk of direction, alignment, and commitment. Likewise, to practice leadership would no longer necessarily involve leaders, followers, and their shared goals but would necessarily involve the production of direction, alignment, and commitment (which may or may not involve leaders and followers). We are therefore advocating the idea that leadership theory and practice would be better served in the future by a development in leadership vocabulary at the most basic ontological level.”
I’m so very happy to partner with Lawrence Unchained. Together we have made it possible for more than 30 youth to earn new-to-them bicycles and become safer commuters.
Unchained members will soon provide 10 guests from the Lawrence Community Shelter an opportunity to earn bikes, locks, and tools. They are also in need of donations – both monetary and supplies. Check out the event announcement then sign-up to help or make a donation.
As you may know, Ken Lempa, my dad, lost his battle with ALS on December 12, 2013 – my 33rd birthday. In 2014 I ran the Chicago Marathon in his honor. This year I will be running it for the 3rd time. My participation as a member of Team ALS is extremely important. The dedicated staff of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the ALS Association has become a second family to me. They were there when Dad was diagnosed, when we were grieving, and when he passed. Their tireless effort in support of pALS (people with ALS) and for medical research is nothing short of amazing.
Please help me raise money to support this amazing organization by clicking on the above graphic.
On Saturday, February 6th at La Esquina, just after Jessica Borusky and Judith G. Levy’s cross-dialogue on Persona and Place, visitors wandered about the gallery while technicians and member…
Source: Rocket Talk: Place-Making vs Place-Keeping: Dave Loewenstein, Sara Taliaferro, and the USDAC
We will be accepting signatures until 4:00pm tomorrow, 03/01/2016!