A new venture

I have a few half-written posts waiting for my attention here, most of them about cheery things like death and grief. Lately these topics are pretty close to my heart, and I do want to finish them up. For now, though, I’d like to share something pretty exciting. On August…

Tarot Draw 13

Three weeks ago today, I was packing up for a trip to Missouri. It was the sort of flurry of activity that I tend to retreat into when I know that slowing down is going to force me to look closely at my feelings, and lord knows we can’t have…

Eulogy

The memorial mass for my dad was last Saturday, and I had an opportunity to speak briefly. I am not the sort to write out what I’m going to say ahead of time verbatim, so this isn’t a perfect reconstruction. It’s fairly close, though.   ————————– In my spiritual tradition,…

Requiescat in pace

My father died Monday morning at about 12:30am. He was surrounded by loved ones right until the end, and while I am heartbroken by his passing I am also exhaling in relief that he is no longer suffering. His last few years were hard ones physically, but always with the…

Just about time now

It’s 3am and I am in the car, 50 miles from my parents’ place. I am hoping to make it there in time to say my goodbyes while Dad is still alive, but I’m (mostly) okay with the possibility that that won’t happen. Not much else to say right now…

Talking about the weather

It was 3 days after I heard the prognosis before I talked to my dad. Mom and I had spoken on the phone a couple of times by then, and I had some good excuses all set up in my head for focusing on her instead. “I’m sure Dad is…

Well, crap.

So, my dad is dying of liver cancer.   There’s more to the story than that, of course. Even so, when the bottom line is that he’s dying, I’m finding that the rest of the story rather less compelling.   Since receiving this news a few days ago, I’ve found…

Tarot Draw #12 – Oh, really now?

In a little less than three weeks, I will leave my job at the bank for a couple of days so I can head to Kansas City to present at an event called “The Seduction of Spring: Persephone Ascends.” I will stop teaching clients about an updated corporate credit card…

A little too close to home, professionally speaking.

A little too close to home, professionally speaking.

We training professionals struggle, with good reason, to measure the impact of our training (and thus to justify our continued employment). Unfortunately, often we (and by "we" I actually mean "other people in my profession" for a change. I make many, many mistakes, but this is not one of them) reach not so much for low-hanging fruit as for the composting remains of fruit that fell off the tree a long time ago.

 

I speak, of course (of course?), of post-training written tests. When trainers lack the opportunity, resources or understanding needed to actually measure the impact of the training but need to point to *something*...well, they often just throw a written test at it. The lovely thing is, we can easily evaluate knowledge based on a post-training test. The problem is...knowledge doesn't really tell us anything helpful when what we're trying to do is to improve job performance. 

 

But hey...the final score on the Erotic Reading Comprehension test is measurable. So there's that, I guess.

Pondering right action

On Saturday, Elizabeth and I went out to our favorite Thai place up on Western Avenue. The food was, as usual, quite good, and I tried an appetizer that was new to me – beef satay. I’d had chicken satay before, but it turns out that the combination of fat…

A long-overdue t-shirt post

Another t-shirt post after approximately one zillion years? The hell you say! So I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this one – it is, without question, my favorite nerdy t-shirt (and as has been demonstrated over the past several posts, it’s not like I have a shortage of them to…

Tarot Draw #10

I start my new job in two days. At-freaking-last. It is by no means a perfect situation, but it really feels like it should be a good fit in a lot of ways. The short, mass-transit-only commute is a huge advantage to me, as are the generous hourly rate and…

What is “a week,” really?

Hey, gang! It’s time for Day 5 of T-Shirt Week! Now, I know what you’re thinking when I continue to call this a “Week.” You’re thinking, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Well, that shows what you know. By “T-Shirt…

Catching up on very important matters

Well, crap. The exciting 4th day of t-shirt week came and went without a post. Literally tens of readers were, I’m sure, terribly disappointed by this fact. I’d like to say that I have a good reason for it, but…well, it was kind of pretty outside, and I had some…

T-shirt #3: Wherein Jason rambles a bit

Day 3 of T-shirt week has arrived, and the overriding thought on my mind is this: “Wow, I’ve actually posted 3 days in a row?” I am, it should be noted, more excited about this fact than about the job interview I had earlier today. That probably says something unfortunate…

Another day, another t-shirt

It’s Day 2 of T-shirt week. Thus far I’ve celebrated by discovering that after 2 ½ months and five interviews, I didn’t get a job that seemed rather promising. Awesome. Ah well, let’s get to it, shall we?   What it is: Well, that’s a bearded dwarf (as if there’s…