The Necessity of Sacrifice

As another busy week comes to an end I am grateful for the fact that a new client has entrusted me with their insight needs.  This week I was fortunate enough to conduct 12 ethnographies; a fancy word for research that is part observational and part Q&A conducted...

Arthur Verses – Gone but Not Forgotten

Today we say our final goodbye to a very special family member, Arthur Verses. I’ll explain the relationship so you understand; my wife Nicole has a brother named Pete. Pete Married Karen. Karen’s mother Joann married Arthur Verses. In total, Arthur had...

Paul Simon and an Old Pair of Nike’s

What do an old pair of Nike sneakers, Paul Simon, The Advocate and the State Theatre have in common? My father, Don Carlon. When I was growing up, my father taught me lessons of sacrifice, generosity and frugality through the example he set for me and my brothers and...

The G Word

It is very hard for me to believe that my kids will be graduating from grammar school next week.  Actually, the school does not refer to it as graduation; they refer to it as “moving up.” G, P, and M are going to middle school and I am already seeing signs...