Working in web development for a over a decade, utilizing the latest tools and standards.
Lead Front-end developer and Architect on large enterprise clients such as HP, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Providence, Lincoln and more. Problem solver, communicator, educator, quick learner and speaker.
Published at Muse.com and medium.
Recent Blog Articles:
I found out a few months ago that my daughter identifies herself as bisexual, or more specifically, pansexual, but I had to look that up because I really don’t understand the difference. This information was secondary to the suicide threats and other information that flooded the front of the queue of New Things I’m Learning About My Daughter.
The beautiful thing about learning So Many New Things About My Daughter was that I could sit down with her at the table that day, iPad in hand, and look her in the eyes, all of her secrets now in my own mind and heart and still on the device between my hands and honestly tell her, “I’ve read everything you’ve said over the last few months and there is nothing here that makes me not love you. Now. Can we talk openly? Because I’m here and I’m not going anywhere and you’re not in trouble at all.” Continue...
My son and I started this bedtime meditation together when he was in third grade.
It was a day he said the whole class got in trouble. Apparently some of the boys were playing with the soap in the bathroom. My son is sensitive, and being the kid who hates to piss of anyone, felt targeted by this lecture. (Apples and Trees, y'all.) He said his teacher was angry and looking right at him but then, my young son explained in air quotes, “chuckled” and was a little nicer. Continue...
This. This. This! Go ahead, read it, I'll wait until you're back.
Back? It's good, right? It made me think of you.
I remember when the Blog Scene was full of badass women who would circle around you when shit went down. I remember when the Internet was somehow smaller, in 2003 and 2004 when the babies were born with our blogs and our community. I remember when I was so naive as to be honest and raw on a public forum about postpartum depression and a new daughter that Would Not Ever Fucking Sleep. I remember when you understood this and gathered around with your encouragement and your own stories of non-sleeping babies and crying on the bathroom floor. Continue...
40 is about accepting the blame
One morning when my 8year old was in a heap over the horrid inevitability that he would have to go to school again that day, he spat out, “You don’t do anything right! You promised I could skip school and you’re always lying!” It took me a minute to recover. I most certainly was not always lying but to explain this to him right now wasn’t going to get us any closer to him putting on his shoes. That I never ‘promised’ him he could skip school this particular day, wasn’t a discussion point, either. The facts of what I had said, the truth, was we discussed a time we may be traveling and, like the friends he’s so jealous of who get to miss school because they have a plane to catch, we would likely have that experience one day, too. But that was not what he wanted to hear or what he remembered that foggy, dark morning thirty minutes before the first school bell. Continue...
We usually sit in the pew in the back of the church. God doesn’t mind if you sit in the back as long as you show up for the part before communion. If you’re late, sit in the back on the right so as to not upset Father Tom. After communion you can take your wafer, genuflect to the God Box, and walk straight out the door because you got your weekly allocated God Nutrition Wafer. That’s the bit God cares about the most because God is a strict foodie. No, seriously if you read the bible, a large portion of it is what you should or should not eat. (You have to thumb through the parts about the names of people who are related to other people. That was a wedding guest list. Your name isn’t on there. Mine isn’t either, I checked.)
We always leave just after communion. “It’s just the announcements,” Mom explains. Nothing important, nothing that is going to change what God said or how we’re supposed to live our lives. Plus it means we can beat the crowd out of the parking lot. Continue...
Four times over-seas and multiple technology and writing conferences in the US, I focus on solution-based approach to current issues in the tech and blog community while providing applicable tips and tools that can be utilized today.
A few wonderful recent experiences:
- Deloitte University: Women In Tech Day's Opening Speaker.
- Seattle Mobile Mixer: Gender and Mobile Technology event
- Refresh Seattle: A round-table discussion on Digital Gender Conversations.
- Geeup in Leiden Netherlands: Creativity in Development
- ExpressionEngine Conf: (four times returning: 2009, 2010, MC for Brooklyn in 2011, Speaker in Portland 2013.)
- EEUK Manchester UK 2010: Business Strategy talk
- Redo of the Pass it On talk at Code Fellows
- Many writing conferences: Blissdom 2009 and 2011, Type A Mom 2010, Evo 2010 and more.
- Parent Map