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Absolutely, Connie. Great point! Race and gender both should be of no consequence. Whenever I meet people I am struck by their passions and focus not the container in which they exist.
Yet, every time I hear the phrase "women in business" or "woman owned business" there is an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Denise Brinkmeyer
Anne, I still love literature based curricula. I thought the 3D world was as comparable as you could expect. My daughter is a huge mine craft fan and was able to navigate the environment easily. I will tell you that there is not (that I could find), one calendar or location where you could see assignments once they became over due. The calendar showed what's coming up, but once my daughter got behind, I had to go into each course to figure out what was due. She shouldn't have been behind, but I left her to be in charge of turning her assignments in on time. We didn't sign up for virtual school so that I could micromanage her. It took until this last semester before she developed a routine (with a lot of encouragement) that keeps her current. Her teacher was very patient with her. If you don't do the reading as assigned, then group discussions and assignments are difficult to do. For us, we are leaving virtual school this Fall. It was great for my kids while our lifestyle required it, but now she is returning to a brick and mortar school for 8th grade.
Driving along the Creek Turnpike just south of Tulsa I noticed that Polecat Creek looked a little dry. I wondered why I always notice Polecat Creek, and I think it's because it's wide and reminds me of the creek near my grandmother's house. I have fond memories of my grandmother taking me and my brothers to play in the creek near her home on a hot summer's day. What a different time. We knew there were snakes so we had to watch out for snakes. We knew the rocks could be jagged and slippery so we wore old tennis shoes.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I'm writing this today because I am a business owner of an information technology company who has noticed a recent, alarming trend in our employee candidate reviews. The better candidates have received their primary and secondary education outside of the United States. They are more equipped to solve problems, which is the primary skill we require. I'd prefer to hire young people from our own community, yet when they continually ask senior management how to dissect customer problems into relevant and irrelevant pieces of information, I simply cannot afford to pay their salaries. I have been actively voicing this concern... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I have been pondering a situation with one of my customers. We are waiting on their IT team to complete a piece of work in order to meet an urgent need of our mutual customer in the business unit. Will the work be a timely, quality delivery? Will they point fingers if it is late or defective (as they so often do)? Well, the proof will be in the pudding. Wait. Is that quote right? I had two, simultaneous thoughts. As I was chastising my self for opening the door to a negative thought, I also was thinking that the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
Rebounding is an active exercise. It might take a while to clear some of the toxins so you have to keep exercising. Emotional rebounding exercises your ability to forgive. It removes waste products and brings life (oxygen) to every cell in your body. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
Just like a traditional classroom, if the student hasn't done the work, their participation in the conference demonstrates the lack of progress. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
A salute is a gesture of respect, homage, or recognition. As we prepare to celebrate Independence day, I'm stopping to pay homage, to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the many blessings of being a United States Citizen. Many of you know of my political interests in U.S. and Oklahoma policy. You may also know that I am a fiscal conservative and for that reason I am a registered Republican. I have very dear friends and family that are registered Democrats that for 364 days a year I am glad to engage in debate and philosophy. For today, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I understand that some people view immigration reform as not only an undeserved free pass, but an invitation to countless others to stream over our border for a golden or (in this case) red, white, and blue ticket. In these days when there are areas of high unemployment across the nation, fear is a natural response. If I were unemployed, or underemployed, I may feel threatened by competition from people who would appear to work for lower wages would make our situation worse, not better. That reaction is understandable, but it is not logical. It's time to get past cries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
Today is one of the rare moments that I have slept past 4:30 am, and I'm feeling slightly guilty about it. I'm up drinking my coffee and preparing my list of to-dos and goals before the activities of the day take over my schedule. I am behind in several tasks this week because I have given the allocated time slots to people who needed my assistance. Despite my slightly overwhelming task list, I think I have made a great investment this week. Even though I don't know the payoff, I am betting the return will be better than 1:1. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I think you'll really enjoy it, Kelly.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2013 on The Amazing Mr. Lincoln at Denise Brinkmeyer
As portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis and as directed by Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln" is more than a good movie. I rarely pay to see a movie twice in a theater (actually I haven't ever done that), but I would go see Lincoln again. This time I'd skip the concession stand. The movie was so captivating that I didn't want to go the ladies room even after consuming a large diet coke. I went to school in Springfield, Illinois and later moved to another town not far from "New Salem" where he lived as a boy. From the age of 5 to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at Denise Brinkmeyer
"Failure is not an option," the tag line of the Apollo 13 movie was a fictionalized version of what Apollo 13 FDO Flight Controller Jerry Bostick actually said. According to Bostick, "when bad things happened, we just calmly laid out all the options, and failure was not one of them." I've spent a lot of time this year pondering success, failure, and mediocrity. Success takes an exhaustive commitment. A little slip of mediocrity has the potential to tank the entire mission. I read Addicted to Mediocrity by Franky Schaeffer in college. While I don't remember much, I do remember the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Denise Brinkmeyer
At least one of the reasons... I heard last week that a wonderful little restaurant in Tulsa is closing, The Brasserie. I'm sorry that this is happening, but I'm not surprised. The Brasserie was only open for dinner. This is problem. As a business owner, I face several situations where I must invite people to lunch and dinner. Being an extremely busy person I LOVE having a "go to" place, where they have a great menu, great pour, and they KNOW who I am, and what I like. Restaurants that aren't open for lunch can't be my "go to." Even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I'm writing this post to Epic One on One Charter School families to explain the purpose of my candidacy for Parent Advisory Group. As a mother of 6 with 2 children remaining at home, I am thrilled that Oklahoma is offering families like ours such an important choice. Our two youngest daughters spent last year in virtual school. The experience has been amazing for them and we are looking forward to this next year where our older daughter will be a high school senior. My husband and I run an IT Consulting company and travel several times in the year.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Parenting is Educating
Having all of these extra eyes creates a safer online community. Being able to see who is in the friends list allows us all to know who the younger ones are interacting with. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2012 at Parenting is Educating
Even the sleepiest child was charmed by seeing his favorite items and playful, teasing conversation from his siblings. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Parenting is Educating
One of our favorite meals here at ALDEN Ranch is pizza cooked on the Big Green Egg (BGE). The girls get excited when they hear that's what we are having. Even if you don't have a BGE, cooking pizza on the grill is a wonderful treat for the family. You can make a party of it and allow each person to make his or her own mini pizza. "Ooooh, PIZZA!" The wood fire flavor is amazing, and the baking stone cooks the crust perfectly. I think pizza is the perfect entry for Resourceful Pantry because you can make pizza out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2012 at Resourceful Pantry
In addition, not only does the surviving spouse have to jump through hoops to establish the account, if there is no credit history, he or she may be facing a deposit with the utility company. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at Denise Brinkmeyer
If I don't take a leap of faith now, the big changes I want will never happen because these wonderful people will lose their motivation. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Denise Brinkmeyer
I think that is what struck me most. He was successful in his own right and worthy of respect. But even more than that, he loved us and believed in us. And that earned not only respect but our sincere devotion. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2011 at Denise Brinkmeyer
It's funny that we respect a person working as a chef more than a person whose job requires thinking. We would never dream of interrupting the chef in the middle of cooking the meal for fear of ruining the outcome. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Denise Brinkmeyer
Today, I satisfy the urgency with a Kindle download. Amazon can thank Borders for the leg up on that one. B&N has probably lost my online business for good. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2011 at Denise Brinkmeyer
When asked what I should cook for dinner on July 4th this year, my family answered, "chicken and noodles." While everyone else was grilling I was peeling potatoes. I think this was a strategic effort to get the family recipe on the family cooking journal. Since there is no special secret in my grandmother's recipe (her's is made with roast beef), I thought I would share it here. You'll need: 1 whole chicken (2 to 3 lbs) 1 16oz package of Reames frozen noodles (sometimes I make my own, but honestly Reames are good, inexpensive and a lot less work).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2011 at Resourceful Pantry