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Sisters helping to make dinner #whatilivefor |

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Planning from seat 15C on a 757-300. Love the legroom. |

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Great night for a ride! |

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Truer words have not been spoken

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm


Though it might be a bit nippy out on the ride home. Glad I brought the jacket w/ encouragement on the zipper pull…


In Uncategorized on April 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Professional bio:

Arif has worked in nonprofit organizations for more than twelve years. Most recently he held posts at Progressive Technology Project (PTP) as its Executive Director and, prior to that, as its Capacity Building Program Director. At PTP, he created and led the organizations’ signature training and technology programs. Though his work has been technology driven, it has focused on supporting non-profit organizations in realizing their aspirations, with technology as a tool in the service of social change. For the last six years, he has been on a path of personal transformation and spiritual practice. He is also a graduate of the Year-Long Fellowship program at Rockwood Leadership Institute.


Personal bio:

Arif is a father to Satya and Rasana, a husband to Channing, a brother to Saleem, a son to Meenal and Bashir, a brother in law to Whitney and a son in law to Devin and Ron. He’s also the proud parent of a sourdough starter, a kombucha mother, and chances are good that he’s also got some beer brewing at the moment. To stay out of trouble, Arif keeps himself occupied at the Seasons Fund for Social Transformation where he serves as Executive Director. Arif serves on the board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.


Striving for integration…..

definitely a sign of independent thinking

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Lightning, Hail, Rotation in a storm… in April.

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Last night, on my way home from a week+ away, my flight was diverted from landing at Minneapolis to Duluth because there was a rather nasty storm that was hanging out over the airport.

We hung out about 80 miles Southeast of MSP for about 25-30 minutes, and I can tell you that the storm was really quite beautiful from the air, though on more than one occasion I did wonder what would happen if lightning were to strike the aircraft.

We hit our bingo point after about 30 minutes, hence the need to divert to Duluth to refuel, and finally arrived at MSP at about 2:15am.

I note all this not because of my travel experience. It was actually quite lovely, and there's another blog that needs to be written about transformation, optimism, and internal framing. I note this because of this:

My flight was diverted to Duluth last night because there was a severe storm, in St. Paul, MN, on April 2nd, that included high winds, hail, and some potential rotation ie possible baby tornado. This is par for the course in June and July – the time of year when I try to avoid evening arrivals for precisely this reason.

Last night wasn't June or July. It is April.

Most years since moving here 10 years ago, we've had a snowstorm in late April. It melts quickly, but it always feels like nature's way of saying that Winter will release its grip on us when it's good and ready. This year? Not so much.

It's difficult to have weather like we had last night and not realize that something in our weather patterns is rather different, and that the difference is actually not a good thing.

Let's fix this. Okay?