Newly Married with a New Home

Being newly married with a new home exposes the many responsibilities that you may not have thought about on your life’s journey. [NOTE: This first appeared on on May 163, 2022, as I was testing a new platform] Doing chores and being responsible was the bane of your existence when you were a teenager... Continue Reading →

Quick Reflection on 20 Years

Today is a pretty special day as I cross the 20 year milestone as an employee with Microsoft. I still remember my first day like it was yesterday. So many things have transpired since January 2001. I was hired just before Microsoft ANNOUNCED (Feb 5) and then SHIPPED (Oct 25) Windows XP and Office XP.... Continue Reading →

Inclusion and Value Matters Most

(originally posted by me on LinkedIn on May 9, 2020) "All lives can't matter, until black lives matter." Can I be open, honest, and even vulnerable? Especially in context with Ahmaud Arbery? I saw a picture the other day and it has haunted me the last few days... Photo Credit: "All Lives Can't Matter, Until... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika – Journal 10

All Good Things Must Come To An End Well, I hope that isn’t the case.  Today is my last work day in Kenya and my flight leaves tomorrow, Saturday, night around 10:30p.  I have made a few great relationships that I hope will last forever… and, I would absolutely love to visit Kenya again.  More... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika – Summary Posts

I still need to complete a few posts as I have recently finished my 2 week engagement in Kenya as part of the MySkills4Afrika.  But, I thought I would go ahead and start creating my 1 Post that will list and highlight my experiences just in case you don’t want to scroll through all of... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 09

When I started on my journey to Kenya, I packed my bags and packed my devices.  Although I’m here on business, there is no doubt that I wanted to be a tourist as well.  For most that means packing your overly expensive and rather large camera (maybe it is a super sized Nikon) with your... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 08

It’s Friday… my last full day of work in Kenya has been completed.  I still have a few more journal entries I want to write about but it may take me a few days to get them completed and posted.  On Saturday, I will be waking up super early (4:00a) and will be heading to... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 07

I’m having to skip my Monday customer journal entry as I’m waiting on a few details so I decided to go ahead and post about my Tuesday customer experience. Last Friday, I had mentioned that I presented to two groups at the Microsoft Kenya office to showcase the newest Windows-based tablets and phones that are... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 06

It’s Monday and it is time for me to get back to work.  For most in the United States, people will be off work today because it is a special federal holiday – Memorial Day.  Memorial Day isn’t a time of celebration.  It is a time for all of us to come together and remember... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 05

A Taste of Home Far, Far Away After our activities on Sunday (see MySkills4Afrika - Journal 04), David (my transporter) and I were heading to the hotel.  It was about 3:30 and I hadn’t had lunch yet because I ate such a late breakfast before we started on our adventure.  My plan was to just... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 04

Today, it is Sunday and I am expected to hit a few hotspots close to Nairobi Kenya.  On the list is the Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Center, the Karen Blixen Museum and possible others (which included the Nairobi View Point, Mamba Village, and Kazuri). Nairobi View Point Our first stop on the way to the... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 03

This was a big weekend for me.  It was my tourist starting point and I was going to take full advantage of the opportunity.  Monday through Friday I was focused on work and by the time I arrived back at the hotel, night had fallen on us and I really didn’t want to venture out... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika–Journal 02

Well, it is the end of the week and it’s been busy.  If you read my Journal 01 post, a last left you with my trip heading to Tanzania Tuesday night.  I traveled with Mary, a local Devices Solutions Specialist for Education, to meet with a customer and discuss Microsoft’s alignment with their vision on... Continue Reading →

MySkills4Afrika – Journal 01

It has now been a few days since I left my hometown and headed on an amazing journey to Kenya Africa.  I’ve never been to Africa and when I saw the opportunity to go as a Microsoft Volunteer as part of the #MySkills4Afrika initiative, I was on-board. It was nearly a year ago when I... Continue Reading →

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