First Day

OK, OK. Let me see the pic of your kid.


Arnold Toynbee (1852–1883) was a British economic historian noted for his social commitment and desire to improve the living conditions of the working class. Ironically, he apparently worked himself to death (at age 30). Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American … See the Meme

NASA’s Job

The full context of this quote, from my eulogy of Jerry in 1999: Jerry was a brilliant and uncompromising engineer. One of his strengths was keeping humans in the loop: It’s relatively easy to design a machine. It’s a lot harder to design it well so that it helps people, rather than get in their … See the Meme

Mr. Fixit

Nope, don’t sell it. I’m gonna get to that.

The Corporate Ladder

In case you wondered how your boss got to where he (or she) is.

On-the-Job Hazards

Of course, we can usually tell more stories about them than they can about us. Remember that, doc!

Actions Speak Louder

Did you know it often takes less time to “do” than it does to “think” about doing?


When you think about it, it’s the same rule as “Happy Wife. Happy Life.”

Thinking Ahead

Don’t get me wrong: university educations can be terrific — I have one. And indeed it’s smart to get one when your chosen profession demands it. But not everyone should go to a university, and we need skilled workers too: electricians, plumbers, mechanics, carpenters, welders, legal assistants, medics, bookkeepers, and many more. This is a drum Mike Rowe … See the Meme


No one said that chasing your dreams was going to be easy. But, when you do it right, all that hard work looks flawless to the outsiders’ eyes. Until then, get up, bandage up, and get moving. Your dreams won’t chase themselves.