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September 9, 2018

At roughly 2 a.m. on September 5, music-lovers in St. Louis and beyond learned via Twitter that LouFest -- an annual home-grown festival featuring big-name acts, local bands and comedians and dozens of vendors -- would not happen this year.

The really bad thing: the per...

August 18, 2018

Learning to see after you've been operating blindly for so long can be daunting. It is for me. And it is for many businesses, including media outlets. But we have to start thinking about the big picture if we want to build a truly more inclusive world.

In media, seeing...

August 9, 2018

On August 7, 2018, those of us in St. Louis, Missouri voted on a number of important issues and primary candidates.  I'd posted the following to LinkedIn that evening:

I voted today. 

I always become a little jazzed, a little proud and a little sad each time I walk into...

July 18, 2018

I'd posted a version of the following to LinkedIn on July 10, 2018, after author and marketing pro Amber Naslund shared thoughts on the platform about entrepreneurism.

"But it wasn’t the failure that made me realize I didn’t want to be an entrepreneur. It was the very s...

July 3, 2018

I'd posted the following to LinkedIn on June 25, 2018, the day after St. Louis held its annual (and nationally noted) Pride celebrations.

St. Louis' Pride celebrations this past weekend were moving, humbling and fun, as always. So many people participated and organized....

July 3, 2018

I'd posted the following to LinkedIn on June 29, 2018, the day after a man with a history of harassment and right-wing extremism gunned down five reporters and employees at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. I am still stunned.

I've been thinking about the wonderful comm...

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