Thoughts for Tuesday: Tea Leaves

It’s been a week. Last Tuesday, I was listening to keynotes and sharing trivia at LinuxCon 2013. I also received a phone call that my mom was rushed to the ER with pneumonia. By Wednesday afternoon, the doctors were recommending that I travel to Florida as my mom’s condition worsened. At 4:00am on ¬†Thursday, I packed up my LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers Conference items and took the first available flight to Florida. I spent the day with my mom listeningRead more

Moving Forward Monday: The Ada Initiative

If you haven’t heard yet about the Ada Initiative, I highly recommend that you check out the good work that they are doing for women and men in open source technology Although a relatively young organization, the Ada Initiative has strong accomplishments: an anti-harassment policy for conferences, practical workshops teaching skills to men and others wishing to support women in open source, and AdaCamp. Their website provides much more detail on their growing impact. Please take a look at theRead more

Using Senses to Guide Yourself Through the Fog

My mom has Alzheimer’s. Sometimes I wonder what she sees and thinks about her world. She only has about four phrases that she uses now. It is heartbreaking for me to no longer be seen and recognized by her. Yet, she smiles, hums to music, snuggles her blanket, and enjoys her orange chicken as if all is okay in her world. I believe that she is happy and content. As her world became foggier and less familiar, she found aRead more