I am a white, upper class American man. I won the lucky sperm sweepstakes. I’ve done my share of hard work, but so have many others. I’m where I am by providence, a random twist of fate. I was also fortunate to grow up in the 70’s and 80’s in Berkeley, California in a racially mixed cultural environment due to public school integration.[Read more…] about The Tragedy of George Floyd and the Path Forward
The Return to Normal
I’ve recently been hearing a lot of people pine for an earlier time. A time when we weren’t isolated in our homes, could go about our jobs in a comfortable fashion, and interact face-to-face with our family, friends, and colleagues. When I ask people what they really miss, what a return to ‘normal’ might look like, it really comes down to the personal connections. No one seems to miss the commute, the traffic, or the pollution. People miss hugging their friends and loved ones. They miss the freedom of exploring. They miss a carefree sense of abandon. In a sense many of us are nostalgic for a time gone by. A sepia toned memory of ease and safety.[Read more…] about The Return to Normal
Renewal In The Face of Uncertainty
I was recently laid off from my job due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. As a senior executive responsible for growth, eliminating my role was an obvious area to preserve cash in the face of an uncertain future and I would have made the exact same decision if I were the owner of the company.
My wife is an independent residential real estate agent and her income has effectively dried up as well. While there are signs that buyers and sellers who are less impacted by the global economic downturn may begin engaging in property transactions again, our overall financial outlook is uncertain at best.[Read more…] about Renewal In The Face of Uncertainty