Four things I know for certain about Ferguson, MO

Being a police officer is a dangerous, underpaid, underappreciated job. Police forces in this country do not do a good job of screening out the racist, homophobic, power-drunk assholes who think that having a badge and a gun gives them the right to … [Continue reading]

Happy Birthday to Me

So 45 has kind of been freaking me out.  I'm not really sure why.  Forty wasn't really that big a deal.  Maybe it's because the staff where I worked when I turned 40 included a much broader age range than where I work now.  As I think about it, … [Continue reading]

Happy Midsummer!

Yes, I realize it's been forever since I wrote here but that doesn't make midsummer any less important. Thus begins the long, slow slide back toward the dark.  Use the rest of your summer wisely for it is far shorter than you … [Continue reading]

What would Kermit do?

Kermit The Frog

Back in the old days (aka: the 1990s) there was a public meme that grew out of the evangelical Christian community. This meme manifested in a lot of paraphernalia that read "WWJD?" (What would Jesus do?). It was, theoretically, a reminder to folks … [Continue reading]

It’s never the heat

I had a little spat with a co-worker last week. It was 68degF with 60% humidity, which is low for where I live, and he had the air conditioning on. Mind you, the industrial A/C, the big unit that sits outside the building and makes little to no noise … [Continue reading]

Better than The Gap

One of the bon mots of the positive thinking movement goes something like "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with other people's highlight reels." As sayings go and as a product of the positive … [Continue reading]

One ring to rule them all

The last three weeks at SmallAgency have been brutal. Not because the management style has changed, and not because we have a client who is being a righteous pain in the ass. The last three weeks have been brutal because I have a co-worker who … [Continue reading]

The Sacred and the Functional

Assassins Guild Diary

I had to redo the binding on my favorite dictionary today. It's a Webster's Seventh Collegiate. I stole it from my step-father when I was in 12th grade. The binding holding the covers onto the inner pages had disintegrated well before I graduated … [Continue reading]

I’m keeping my green crayon

Universe help me but I disagree with Stephen Fry about language. I don't wholly and completely disagree with him so I suppose I'm not damned to linguistic hell where everything is in Textlish or Twitterlish and nothing sings, dances, or rolls off … [Continue reading]

I gave at the office

At SmallAgency we specialize in working with progressive non-profits. Since I've spent the bulk of my professional web communications career working for various progressive non-profit organizations it's a pretty good fit in terms of knowing the … [Continue reading]