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Week 279 in Detroit. Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the horrific and shocking terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We spent time watching a variety of documentaries and footage to remain aware and sensitive to the events and especially to the loss of innocent people, the ultimate sacrifice of those first responders who died serving their community. The History Channel played 102 mins of raw footage from the cameras and coverage in New York City. Netflix released


Detroit, MI, USA

Week 278 in Detroit.

The long weekend in Detroit — pools, bike rides and ice cream — ending the Summer with all the Summer activities. Hope you had a great weekend and chance to rest and relax. School is back today and it kinda feels like there’s a reset in our organizations and companies too. Back to school brings renewed energy and focus.

I think a lot of parents also reflect on their first days of school and/or the grade their child is entering. “What did I learn in 3rd grade?” …


Week 277. This is a midweek edition because it took me a few extra days to finish what I was working on. For that reason, I’ll keep the intro short and look forward to writing more this weekend.

Hurricane Ida — I’ve never seen anything like this:


The assessment and rebuilding in Louisiana is just getting started. The last I saw — about 1 million people were without power, water and sewage is not functioning and estimates are 3 weeks to get it back on.

What’s being right about the future worth?

I ask because it occurs…


Downtown Detroit

Week 276 in Detroit. As I’m writing this I’m stuck in the Harrisburg Airport. I had a chance to visit my Dad and attend my fantasy football draft in a league that’s been going for 14 seasons (yes, 14 years). I know no one wants to hear about fantasy football, but the chance to get back to PA and to see people in my life was great. Having the pilot tell us at 6 AM that we have a maintenance issue that “he’s never seen before” on our plane was … not great.


Parker’s Alley, behind Olin, Downtown Detroit, USA.

Week 275 in Detroit.

This week Meredith and I went to a new restaurant in Detroit called Olin. Great bistro feel and, in my humble opinion, it’s hard to go wrong with classics — Caesar salad, steak frites, burger & fries. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. 14 years!

We met when she knocked on my dorm room door. It was Fall during my Sophomore year. She was looking for her roommate who was dating my roommate. Finding neither, we started talking. The conversation hasn’t stopped since. Sure, we’ve switched from playing Tekken 3 on Playstation to finding murder…


Week 274 in Detroit. I spent some time downtown and in the office this week. Readers of the Saturday Cup of Joe know that pre-COVID I was a frequent traveler for work and meetings. COVID’s stay at home and work from home policies created the opportunity to spend more time with my daughter and introduced more control over my day. My sense of what people love about working from home is not a overt dislike of the office but the loss of control over the day. Speaking to control, as many companies return to work, is the key to…


Downtown Detroit

“What is it about the Olympics that is so interesting to you?” My friend Laura asked over Sunday morning coffee & donuts. Free plug for Yellow Light Donuts. Jefferson Ave. Detroit Michigan. If you are ever here, let me know and we’ll grab some coffee & donuts. It’s become a weekly tradition (habit?) for our family.

I had to think about the Olympics for a minute.

I think it’s the strange result of combining extraordinary commitment, competitive adrenaline, obscurity of some of the sports and storytelling of the participants from all across the USA. I think coordinating those attributes…


Week 271. I’m finishing up this week’s Saturday Cup of Joe in front of The Open Championship. Nothing more confounding to my family than golf on TV. I’ve been excited recently as my daughter has shown some interest in golf. Last Friday night, we tried the twilight round and were able to play about 7 holes after 7:30. Summer sun in Michigan last through about 9:45 pm. We have a city course about a mile and a half from our house. So perhaps I can keep the momentum going this summer.

I was talking to a few other Dads…

Week 270.

Mark’s Lake.

Bus-y-ness interferes with bus-i-ness.

I was thinking about missing the last 2 Saturday Cup of Joes. I don’t know if you even noticed, likely not, but there was no week 268 and 269. Just the second time I’d missed a week in 5 years and it was twice. But, oddly, it didn’t bother me. I really thought it would. But for a variety of reasons, I couldn’t make it happen or wasn’t satisfied with what I wanted to say.

As I thought about it more, I realized that it wasn’t because I was “too busy.” I’ve been busier…


Lake. Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Sunset.

Week 267 in Detroit.

Live more intentionally. It’s the underlying theme of so many motivational messages, personal development courses and inspirational quotes. Easy to see this and make it all or nothing. As if every single decision must be “more intentional” and massively different than what you are doing today. The reality is much more complex…as with almost everything on social media (as in life) there’s more to the story. Live more intentionally is the culmination of small, daily decisions not single monumental decisions.

Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are making big decisions. Where to live…


Thinker, curious leader, once an attorney…always trying to answer well.

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