• Day 8 - Hear

    Last year I explored the thought that in order to hear, you first have to stop talking. But it goes further.   Some studies now peg the average adult attention span at around 8 seconds. As much as it's temping ...
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  • Day 14: Rest

    No rest for the wicked. No rest for the weary. I’ll rest when I’m dead.   Imagine a fatigue so completely overwhelming that even washing one dish at the sink is unimaginable.  I’ve been ...
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  • Day 28: Give

    (the illustrious erikeff's post has become lost in the aether. Until we can locate it, I'm re-posting his essay here:   Give.   That word is particularly relevant this time of year, as many of us engage in...
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  • Zero Day: Prepare

    Preparation implies forethought, knowledge, information, capability, and (as I mentioned last year) choice.   Preparation is wonderful. Preparation is beautiful.  In the world of IT, preparation is the work...
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  • Day 30: Celebrate

    As a word-of-the-day writing prompt, "Celebrate" was both the obvious choice and the contrarian angle.   Contrarian because it's been a hard year for many of us. Your essays for previous days were sprinkled with...
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  • Day 16: Pray

    Full disclosure, I wrote this essay last year. But it still resonated with me, so I'm re-posting it here. File it under "ICYMI"     They say there are no atheists in foxholes.   I’d argue there ...
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  • DAY 29: Return

    Return             I couldn’t think of anything to write about the word return.  Then, I started thinking about the meaning of return, and how that would mean y...
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  • Day 25: Intend

    I've written essays on for this word on less than 4 times. In each case, I started by noting that there's a popular phrase about intentions and its relationship to a particular road.   More than just an easy qui...
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  • Day 23: Begin

    In my essay “I Wish Someone Had Told Me” I talk about getting started in IT, and how at the beginning, you are just all over the place. You are pulled into different projects, working with different teams....
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  • Day 20 - Fulfill

    (NOTE: Today's post comes to us from Anne Guidry, the editorial genius behind much of the content you see. She carefully edits and crafts pieces not just for grammar and spelling, but also for coherence (at least in m...
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  • Day 21: Love

    My in-laws arrived today, which also kicked off many days of cooking. I express love through food preparation, and will be expressing my love for my family through an abundance of cooking and baking in the coming days...
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  • Day 22: End

    \n   EOL   [0A.0D]   }   end;   </>   Everything comes to an end.  Sev 1 panics, workdays, power supplies, beer, the client-server epoch, continents, ...
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  • DAY 24: Hope

    Hope                Hope, how can you summarize the emotions that are packed into this one little word?  I'm going to try and see if I can do this ...
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  • Day 26: Create

    (Leon here: I have created this space, into which jennebarbour's post will appear later today. Feel free to create your own responses in the comments below.)
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  • Day 27: Bless

      Families are a key feature during this time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Yule.  Each of these celebrations mark the coming together of families – both in religious and rela...
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  • Day 19: Judge

    For all that we know that being judgemental is not a positive trait, the truth is that as IT Pros we spend much of our day (if not our career) judging much of our environment.   We automatically assess and judge...
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  • Day 18: Ask

    Have you ever wondered how many questions are asked of Google each day? Let’s take a quick moment on ‘ask’ day to honor our heroes of search, superlative-style.   Where are they now? Try not to...
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  • DAY 17: Awaken

    Awaken           I’ve been waiting to share this word.  You know for 17 days…  Ok, seriously this poem helps to make me realize that we need to gras...
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  • Day 15: Change

    As people working in the IT industry, embracing change will likely be the best way for us to continue surviving and thriving in our environment.   How much change have we witnessed just in technology the last se...
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  • DAY 13: REMEMBER

    Merriam-Webster says “remember” means to retain in the memory, or to have a recollection of something. As we enter the holiday season, nearly every day is filled with remembrances around my house – a...
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