Now on The Interconnected: Cuckoos and connections

I am honored to be the author of the first post on a new website, The Interconnected. Styled a bit after The Pastry Box and a bit after goals of our own, Dylan Wilbanks, Elaine Nelson, and I built The Interconnected to be a place to discuss how we connect to each other and how, as connected people, we tie into the web. You can read more about our goals.

My first post, Cuckoos and Connections, discusses the expectations that we set for each other — and the way that every one of us, in some way, breaks someone else’s expectations.

Now on A List Apart: Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, we all had problems trying to figure out what the best way to set context for communications were. Then one woman noticed that we could use the format of a good old fashioned fairy tale to introduce basic storytelling skills that provide succinct and clear messages to our peers. She wrote a story about it for A List Apart, and there it garnered a reasonable amount of acclaim and interest.

Read Once Upon a Time on A List Apart.

Now on The Pastry Box: Cultures of Learning (and a tribute to Oliver Sacks)

For my September column on The Pastry Box, I wrote about learning, our role in it as designers, and Oliver Sacks.

This post was written the Sunday before my Thursday slot, not long after I learned that Dr. Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and author, had died of cancer.

It was written after a night of wild dreams regarding immortality and the quest for it – and the consequences of achieving it. (That one is going to be a wild ride of a short story some day.)

It was also written after I was up way too late watching TED talks with my husband about learning and addiction and all kinds of other things.

And all of that was after a day filled with pinball, yard work, and dinner with a close friend.

The best days are the days when my brain blends together a dozen different unrelated thoughts and knits them together into something with a little bit of meaning. I hope you find this to be one of those.