Detroit’s Warrior Artist Goddess

I can't stop thinking about it. Or her. Haunted. Ever since then when I'm at a landmark now I wikipedia the building or place. Look at the date it was created. If it was before 1933 I think maybe she'd been here, seen this, was affected by it in someway. Maybe walked the same street, sat down at a bench or looked out on the river I walk every morning. The Guardian Building with it's golden Pewabic tile was completed in 1929. She had to have made a point to see it. My eyes have seen what she saw! The Detroit Zoo in it's suburban location opened in 1928. … [Read More...]

Aural Archiving

Recently some bard colleagues of old have called me out about not writing the poetic. I need to maintain and continue that facet. Need to document voice. Need to come to grips with identity as I did in last year's post "What's in a Name". Two years ago I posted this video on Aural Archiving. Kicking off and moving on with Stay tuned. From the original post in November 2012. A few nights ago I dusted off from the shelf what we used to call a Chap Book. It contained words written by me from an era in my … [Read More...]

An App For Now – Headspace

Over two years ago I posted The Spirit of The Internet. In it my first bullet point was - The Internet is a reflection of our individual minds and collective consciousness. It contains the capacity for heavenly grace as well as the dark revolting id. These forces are present. Educate yourself. Be aware. Be careful where you go. This applies for businesses and individuals. I've been using the Headspace App and I'm struck how much of a positive and profound effect this app has had in my life. The app demonstrates where technology, design, and the internet can take … [Read More...]

The Saddest Thing in Life is Wasted Talent

Back in the day I had aspirations to a be a filmmaker and touched that dream in New York City as a Production Assistant. In the decades since I've made a lot of choices as have my friends, family, and co-workers. The past few days and weeks have brought on a lot of reflection for me and them, each with their own unique tangents. I was talking to my daughter about life and choices and how sometimes things just don't make sense and add up. I kept thinking of DeNiro's A Bronx Tale. I pulled up the clip on Youtube. I've been watching over and over. I'm amazed at what … [Read More...]

IT in the D Appearance

A few weeks back I was a guest on IT on the D. It was a privilege to go into the Gotham-like studios and talk with Dave Phillips and Jeff Mackey about the state of technology companies in Detroit as well as the big agency/client world I've found myself. We discussed the challenges and opportunities this world brings. I was impressed (and invited) by my esteemed colleague Greggory Garrett of CGS Advisors. It was inspiring to see Gregg in action as he discussed his global experience and guided the conversation around what we can do as a region to nurture and foster … [Read More...]

Blunt Advice for a Young Man

This is the season of graduation and transformation. A nephew graduated from high school last week who lives states away and I wanted to take the opportunity to give him blunt and real advice. I've also noticed in this season of the World Cup I'm reflective of the past. Each tournament is so passionate and I have vivid recollections over the past 12 years of who I was watching games with and where my life was at. I'm forced to reassess and reflect. And here you go, some things for a young man on his way out of the house he grew up in.  Some things I've noticed over … [Read More...]

Agency Transition Survival Guide – A Blessing

I've had the unique fortune to experience large agency transitions on both sides- the agency and the client. Also years ago in a former professional life I saw a large manufacturing partner go under. What I experienced followed a pattern and theme. Transitions are blessings and your reputation is everything. This follows Law #5 of Robert Greene's The 48 Laws of Power. Guard your reputation with your life. When you're working in your affairs pay attention to the slightest comment or foreshadowing about imminent transitions to be less caught off guard. If your ear … [Read More...]

Business with Conscience – Warby Parker

It appears this blog is becoming a comment on for-profit organizations as vehicles for positive self-actualization and societal change. Here in Detroit we're continually reminded by the failure of our publicly elected organization in the form of its bankruptcy. While there are large macrocosmic winds of change forces which led to our economic demise there were elected officials at the helm. The bringing to the table of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection as capital collateral has been a source of much debate and symbolism. It's interesting large foundations backed … [Read More...]