A list of posts I have referenced in my Instagram account. I list them all here so the Bio link does not need to be updated.

Managing Remote Staff
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Managing Remote Staff

As soon as the COVID-19 outbreak reached the United States, I implemented a voluntary Work-From-Home policy to ensure the health and safety of our staff, as well remain productive in a chaotic economic situation.  While my company has long had a liberal work remote policy, most of our staff still comes into the office.  This literally changed overnight and as all the self-quarantine lengthened, I worried about the ability of the department management to remain efficient and engaged with work responsibilities.  With that in mind, I added some training in my company to aid management for oversight of remote staff.  I put some information below as it may be a help to others as we move through this crisis.

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Reflections of A Strange Ten Year Anniversary

On February 16th, 2010, my wife DJ and I were home from work early to meet with a representative for repairs on the house. In the preceding weeks, DJ had a few doctor appointments to follow up on some inconclusive ultrasounds during a breast exam, but we were not unduly concerned. Similar situations had happened in the past, with no adverse outcomes. My wife has always been conscientious about her health and wellness, maintaining regular doctor visits, watching what she ate, and exercising regularly. As our repair meeting was ending, DJ received a call on her cell phone. She walked to another part of the house to take the call in private while I finished up with the repairman. (more…)

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Exploring Lisbon
The grand statue of King Jose I stands watch over the Commerce Plaza of Lisbon.

Exploring Lisbon

Lisbon can be an odd choice for tourists.  While its origins predate most of the other European capital cities (including London, Rome, and Paris), there is little in the way of historical sites and attractions.  While it was once one of the largest cities in Europe and the starting point for many of the Portuguese expeditions during the Age of Discovery, almost no buildings or artifacts remain from that time.  This is due to a series of earthquakes (eight in the 14th century, five in the 16th century, and three in the 17th century) that cost widespread destruction and damage.  The Lisbon 1531 earthquake destroyed over 1,500 homes while three city streets simply disappeared in the 1597 earthquake.  But in reality, Lisbon divides its history into two periods: before the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 and after it.

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Review of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (5e)
Review of D&D 5e

Review of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition (5e)

Note from AJ: I have moved most of my gaming posts to a gaming specific blog site.  Nonetheless, I thought I would post this on this site as well as I decide what to do with A Meandering Mind.  I THINK I want to turn it into more a photo, travel and musing site, but first I need to take photes, take a trip and have time to muse about something!   It is a work in progress, pretty much like me.

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A Conscientious Fan’s Dilemma

A few days ago, this popped up on my news feed:

This is an issue for me. I’m a diehard Cubs fan, but I’m also adamantly opposed to destructive and polarizing policies of this current Trump administration. So how do I reconcile these now diametrically opposed beliefs? I love my Cubs, but also I despise Donald Trump as he lies and divides this country, tearing it down piece by piece.

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