Selma

I grew up in the 60s in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. Watching the movie Selma brought back a flood of memories for me.

Western New York wasn’t a hotbed of civil unrest or reform, but it was very ethnically segregated and I was surrounded by bigotry and hate growing up. Color and creed were both points of prejudice in Buffalo.

During the graphic hate scenes in Selma, I couldn’t help but well up with sadness for those who had to sacrifice so much for something as basic as voting rights. But it wasn’t just scenes from 1965 that made me so sad or the flood of emotions that came back from seeing bigotry in my youth, it was the knowledge that we still hold so many prejudices today.

Modern prejudices are more subtle and people have pushed them down below the surface to disguise them. Bigotry today is justified by national security or religious bias, but is no less a cancer that still plagues humanity.

Everyone needs to see this movie. Let it affect you and give you reasons to explore your individual prejudices. I’m auditing my own attitudes to see how much of my upbringing is still lurking in the dark corners of my brain. I’m frightened that I’m not as free of prejudices as I think I am… and that’s probably healthy fear.

The Handoff

I’ve started several companies, but No Thirst Software was special because it was such a personal adventure. I had gone through two years of dramatic change in my life and this company was birthed of that chaos.

Now another change has occurred: No Thirst Software has a new custodian, Kevin LaCoste. After months of making sure the transition would be smooth for our customers, we have now posted the formal announcement.

It’s hard to let go of apps that I have poured my heart and soul into, but I trust Kevin LaCoste with the future of MoneyWell and Debt Quencher. I’m excited to see where he takes them.

I will stay involved in an advisory role, but I won’t be touching day-to-day operations due to my new job.

This feels the same as when I watched my teens go off to college. I know this is the best scenario, but it’s still an emotional time. Maybe they’ll visit on the holidays.

No Guarantees

I’ve lost two friends in one week.

Both men were generous and loving individuals. Both were active members in their respective communities. Both died too young.

I’m no stranger to early deaths. I lost my brother when he was 19 and my dad at 61. I understand that I need to cherish every second of my life, but I forget. It’s easy to get caught up in my minor day-to-day struggles and take what I have for granted. These two rapid-fire deaths are a wakeup call—one that I hope I don’t let fade from my brain soon.

There are no guarantees that I’ll have another chance to hug my wife.
No guarantees that I’ll be able to FaceTime with my kids tomorrow.
No guarantees that there will be time next week to call my best friend from high school.
No guarantees that “later when I have more time” will exist.

Later isn’t guaranteed, so I’ll hug my wife and tell her that I love her, give long-distance hugs and love to my children, and stop procrastinating about talking to or gathering with friends.

Rest well Jordan and Mike.

Welcome to Transitional

Over the past 12 months, so much has changed in my life and I’ve spent a lot of time and energy managing and accepting those changes. Given that change is the only constant in this world, I wanted to have a place to share my thoughts, ideas, failures, and successes.

This is transitional.