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Big Island Hawaii – Five Years Kama’aina

21 Apr 2024|

I lived on the big island of Hawaii for five years, and am often asked what I miss and what I recommend, so here is that quick list. And see the slide show at the end for a quick overview of Hawaii in general. Kona and Kohala My favorite beaches: Makalawena is hands down my favorite beach on the island, because it is almost always nearly empty and untouched by developers, and [...]

Toxic Positivity Isn’t The Problem, It’s Toxic Progressivity

03 Apr 2024|

I was once blamed for toxic positivity, where one doesn't acknowledge the very real feelings associated with thoughts about certain events, or worse, where one pressures people to suppress those thoughts and feelings or attempts to convince them that they are wrong. Mind you, it is okay to share your own different opinions, especially when you aren't trying to sell your own agenda and when you're respecting others' different opinions, and meeting [...]

Three Takeaways From Three Folks Taken Away in ’23

03 Mar 2024|

I met and lost three incredible people in 2023. I wasn’t extremely close with them, and still they impacted me greatly in the brief time I knew each of them. And even after they died, I continued to see how much they inspired others, and be more inspired by them myself. When it came to others, each of them acted to amplify and support and encourage everyone around them. I saw each [...]

Losing Your Mind? Then You Need An Orange Pen, Too. It Has All the Answers.

10 Dec 2023|

I'm about to tell you about what has become an unexpected game-changer in my life: an orange pen. To say I was resistant to the suggestion is quite an understatement. It wasn't the color of the pen that put me off, it was its part in an exercise I was asked to do. I was asked to get some paper and use two different-color pens on it - one color was to [...]

Taking a Turn

10 Jul 2023|

Because of my own personal reaction (usually shock and worry) every time I see a female engineering leader go through a reduction in scope, a non-promotion-releated role change, or an outright departure, and because of my own desire to make it easier to support each other with changes and growth, I shared this information with my organization recently when I made the decision to move from a Director of Engineering to a [...]

Living Your Ultimate Dev Life

09 Nov 2022|

The real story here is spending time with the revered and adored Ms. Avery - my youngest son's third-grade teacher several years ago, who made a career change into software engineering a few years ago. She and Chris contacted me about speaking about my experiences in the industry and currently at GitHub, and I jumped at the chance! We had a great time discussing how I got started in tech, how I [...]

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