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George Howard Brett II, 1948 – 2015

Today my friend George Brett died.  He was 67. I want to write about him now. George inspired and taught me with every conversation.  He had a gift for looking hard at people, weighing them to see what they needed, … Continue reading

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Two years without caffeine

In December 2012 I abruptly stopped consuming caffeine.  I used to drink more caffeine than any of you, almost certainly, so going cold turkey and remaining decaffeinated was a major step.  (Why did I do this?  You can find the … Continue reading

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Snowed on, locked down, raiding electrons and getting zotted: a week of storms

Readers and other audiences often express curiosity about my family’s homesteading life.  So I thought I’d share a story of that experience in extremity.  I also want to get it down while it’s still fresh in memory. Last Tuesday a … Continue reading

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Ten personal books: a bibliophilic glance

I’ve received multiple versions of the following request on Facebook this month: “In your status, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They … Continue reading

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Returning to optimism

This week I received two doses of idealism, which made me realize I’d sunk into something like pessimism of late.  As a result I’m more optimistic about the future, despite everything. The first jolt came from a tv interviewer, who … Continue reading

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Joining the New Media Consortium

This week I’m excited to report that I’ve joined the staff of the New Media Consortium (NMC) as their new senior researcher. NMC and I go back a while.  I’ve been involved with NMC many times over the years.  Speaking at their … Continue reading

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Starting a business: one year of success

One year ago I launched Bryan Alexander Consulting and changed my life.  It’s been a wild ride, and a successful one.  Since I vowed to share this work through social media, I’ll use this post to reflect back on year … Continue reading

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