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I am the editor of a start-up called <a href="">TradersQuest,</a> which is an online school for futures and options traders. I also work in Communications for <a href="">ThePhotonGroup </a> and re-launched their website in December.
Interests: parenting, reading, writing, photography, winemaking, technology, biking, kayaking, running and hiking.
Recent Activity
Susan Brink's heartfelt piece, The Permanent Loss Of An 'Ex' on Huffington Post reveals the complicated nature of losing an ex-husband: When Al died, I took time alone with his body: to say once more that I was sorry for hurting him; to say once more that I forgave him for hurting me; to tell him I was glad he was my husband, and that he always will be central to our family--two daughters and six grandchildren. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Our Work
Samsung blames the kids for trying to shove the wrong cable into the USB port. The only problem with that? The kids only have access to the original Samsung cables and chargers and had been warned by me so many times that I would not replace their tablets that they treated both of them better than a blind Manga kitten. (You have to live in my house to understand that one.) Still, what's a good dad do for a son who gets nine-tenths of his daily sunlight requirements from the blue glow of a tablet? I pay to fix it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at DadTalk
"Are you finding that being a dad nowadays is pretty rough? Are you working extra hours to pay for your children's future college expenses and then fretting that you're not spending enough time with those kids you care so much about? ... "As far as I'm concerned, it's a tough time to be a father: High housing costs. Low-paying jobs. Too much time on the freeway commuting. Way too much stress. The list goes on toward infinite." I wrote the words above 10 years ago when I began this blog. (Note: I would have posted this on the anniversary of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at DadTalk
nother test post to see if these little typewriter buttons work. If they don't, then I may as well have the Moonfruit blog instead. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at zaftigbabe
his is a test post to see if I can add a page to my website and post live feeds. If it doesn't work, then I haven't lost anything but a bit of time. If I'm right, though, I should be able to use TypePad's great tools and Moonfruit's great... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at zaftigbabe
So Cox sent me a new Internet/phone modem a few weeks ago. I was nervous about installing it because there are always problems with upgrades, but I finally got around to it on Thursday. The five-minute install process became more than an hour because it failed and I was alerted by a message to call Cox. Hold took about 10-15 minutes. Good thing I have unlimited minutes on my cell. My Internet speed is usally around 20 Mbps and the second tech I talked to said it should be closer to 50 Mbps. So 3 is pretty abysmal. Cox operator... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at DadTalk
Our James Gerstenzang co-writes an oped on how "climate deniers" are harming the global warming debate. From his USA Today piece: No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you — and if they did, no one would listen. But the Marlboro Men of global warming still draw attention as they deny the consensus conclusion that burning fossil fuels in power plants, cars and factories is trapping heat in the atmosphere. They deny that this will raise sea levels, bring more violent storms, and worsen droughts and heat waves. What are they smoking? Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2013 at Our Work
There is a simple reason gun laws are not about to change in this country: Those who are against it do not have the political, organizational or financial strength to fight it. Just read the first two paragraphs of this NYT story to understand. Why would any state approve guns in a school setting? Because is there no group or organization strong enough to STOP them. Sure, school admins and teachers might complain, but they've been oddly disenfranchised throughout our society. Actually, the vast majority of us -- on both sides of the political fence -- have been disenfranchised for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at DadTalk
Our Susan Brink has a book on The Fourth Trimester coming out in March of next year. Here is a description of the 185-page book, which is being published by University of California Press: The first three months of a baby’s life is an outside-the-uterus period of intense development, a biological bridge from fetal life to preparation for the real world. The fourth trimester has more in common with the nine months that came before than with the lifetime that follows. This comprehensive, intimate, and much-needed “operating manual” for newborns presents a new paradigm of a baby's early life that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Our Work
Our Kathy Price-Robinson writes in Home Energy (Page 30) about her trip to a ranch where women go to learn more about energy efficiency in buildings. She explains: As home energy experts know, most BPI (Building Performance Institute) certification classes have a certain tone: logical, sequential and serious. You could call it left-brain learning with a focus on the parts. (Trainer) Tamasin (Sterner's) all-women classes take on a distinctly different character--intuitive, holistic and more flowing, yet equally rooted in science and diagnostics. It's more right brain, with a focus on the whole. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Our Work
Our Chris Kraul, who is based in Bogata, Colombia, has this piece in Automotive News on how Chinese car-makers are making inroads into South American markets. Kraul writes: Analysts generally see Latin America as a proving ground for Chinese automakers' eventual invasion of the U.S. car market, an event that still is unscheduled but likely will follow what (Brian) Irwin (of A.T. Kearney Americas) calls the "Korean model" -- a reference to how Hyundai entered Canada and other countries to gain market experience before it dared set foot in U.S. showrooms, (Jian) Sun said. Chinese makes' U.S. entry plans have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2012 at Our Work
I stopped having faith in an all-powerful G-d a long time ago. Has It stopped believing in me? Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Anne Boles Levy
Seth on a very difficult hiking trail. We're using it to train for some backpacking. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at DadTalk
A Phoenix transformer has been burning near the Scottsdale border for 12 hours so far. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2011 at DadTalk
Why are those who so ardently defend the Constitution not speaking up when police keep forcibly removing those who are trying to exercise such a clear and simple right? Amendment I Congress shall make no law ... prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Despite quotes to the contrary, I do not see anything in these words that provide for an exception to this right. Full wording: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at DadTalk
Not sure if this blog will stick. The information highway is littered with the rusting hulks of my dead blogs. But here goes nothing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Anne Boles Levy
Seth and I hiked up Quartz Trail on Saturday. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2011 at DadTalk
A glass blower works his magic in Jerome, Arizona. My wife and I saw same guy back in 1998 when I proposed to her. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2011 at DadTalk
This tree was knocked down by a fast-moving storm that hit Louisville, Kentucky, over the weekend. Brett Levy Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at DadTalk
test post. hello. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Zaftig Babe