Over the years I have come across leadership principles, through experience, in books and in advice from trusted mentors and peers. As a leader mentoring staff and guiding new leaders, I haven't found one spot that provides a summary of key concepts. This “leadership 101” blog is a way of providing those key concepts. I will be updating this post as I use specific concepts that are missing, or need further clarification. Please feel free to post any other key concepts you see missing and I will add them to this article. – August Neverman
This is a list of practical gifts for those you care about. These are safe, reliable and practical items in a variety of price ranges. My wife won't let me buy her jewelry (she rarely wears it anyway), but she does appreciate a gift that keeps her comfortable, makes a job easier or solves an ongoing problem. (We don't have any rules in this house about not buying gifts that end in “er”.) For us, perfect gifts are ones that you use again and again.
After over 23 years together, we're still best friends, so often we pick out gifts together and use them as family gifts. Speaking of family, there are a couple of not-quite-so-practical gifts that we got for the boys on the list, too. To wrap up the post, Laurie shares some tips for dressing up gifts without spending a ton of money. [Read more…] about Practical Gifts for Every Budget, Plus 5 Frugal Gift Wrapping Tips
Since our little crew of duckies has become a big part of our lives, I wanted to formally introduce them and tell a little about their story. We'll also use this page to answer some basic duck questions, and share some duck videos for those who need more duckie time. [Read more…] about Duckies We Love – Our Crew at Ice Station Duck Patrol
“Sustainability” is a popular buzzword in many circles – sustainable communities, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, sustainable building, sustainable growth – heck, even sustainable fashion. But what does “sustainable” really mean, and how do we apply it in our daily lives – or is sustainability what we really want? I'd suggest that we strive for something more. Sustainability and self-reliance talk often go hand in hand, so August and I decided to share some of our thoughts on the subject. [Read more…] about Sustainability Doesn't Mean What You Might Think it Means
When you think of “future food”, what comes to mind? Most information I've seen on the subject talks about lab grown “meat”, eating bugs, 3D printed foods and other synthetic options. It's all about mass production and convenience. I think these ideas are missing some important pieces of the picture, and I'd like to offer an alternative food future. [Read more…] about Future Food – Not One Solution, But Many, for How to Feed the World