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Month: December 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010

It felt like the year came to an abrupt end. December was a whirlwind of activity and change. There are so many people who made 2009 a wonderful year. I want to thank all of them. I will do so over time in 2010. I want to make the thanks personal and meaningful. For now, know that I am thinking kind thoughts of all of you! Two turning points for me in 2009 were my mom’s death March 9th and my decision to walk away from a full-time job November 30th in the middle of a world-wide financial crisis. There is a connection. I am rediscovering who am I and what my values are. You can sense the direction I am going in from this posting on my quickie blog at Tumblr. I feel very good about 2010. I have no clue what will happen, but I feel good. I…

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Waste not, want not

Have any old electronic equipment cluttering up the house? People in North America can use Goodwill to recycle “e-waste” responsibly. It looks like there is something similar in the UK. What’s a person in Denmark to do? In Denmark, waste is handled in each municipality. The explanation of what you can and cannot do is too text-heavy as illustrated by this one example. Who wants to wade through piles of words like that? With the sensitivity of getting rid of waste in a responsible fashion, you must have clear explanations. You are presenting important information to people who have different approaches to reading. Don’t scare them off, and in this case, dump toxic material in their ordinary household trash. If recycling is the way to go, it must be explained in terms that everyone can understand. It must also be made easy to do. Reading long lists of what-not-to-do is…

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Tell the story

There are a million stories in the naked city, and a million cities. I think one of the first blogs I ever read – and ever loved – was San Francisco Stories. Its author, Derek Powazek, reached around the globe to me with his wonderful storytelling. Later, he started the City Stories project. The lead-in quote on this blog post comes from that site’s tagline. I discussed starting a “Copenhagen Stories” site with someone, but neither of us were committed enough at the time. When I learned that the City Stories project had stopped, I felt partly to blame. I thought it was an excellent idea that deserved to survive. A recent internet search revealed only one site in Manchester, UK with the city-stories theme. It shows no connection to Powazek’s original theme, but it does continue the idea of anyone sharing their anecdotes and stories. One other search result…

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