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Decade in Review 2010-2019

In loose category and no particular order, other than I think they warrant mentioning.

Personal

  • Communications and mental health. Two things that really greatly influenced me was reading Nonviolent Communications and doing Mood Gym.
  • Inclusion (continuation). Compared to last decade I’ve practiced in larger groups and communities, from workplace to church. Two books that stick with me are White Fragility and Dear Church: A Love Letter From a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.
  • Business. I incorporated my own business, Day of the Shirt, for which I’ve been filing taxes, hiring contractors, and businessing since 2011.
  • Fiction. Malazan Book of the Fallen. Jemisin’s Inheritance and broken Earth trilogies. Up to book 26 of The Cat Who…. Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy. And the entirety of Discworld.
  • Many deaths. Dottie Stephens. Many folks from Church: Dale, Clifton, Sam, Kirsten.
  • Affluence and finance. The move to software engineering has had a four-fold increase on my income. As well as the matters of founders stock, options, shares, RSUs, etc. We bought a new car.

Family

  • Marriage. Angelina and I got married in 2014 in San Francisco. We’ve also been together for the entirety of the decade.
  • Membership organizations (continuation). I became a member of St. Francis Lutheran Church, the South End Rowing Club, Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club, and numerous museums.
  • Cat changes. We lost Jose Pierpont, but gained Sally Ride and Billie Jean King.
  • Extended family. Living near a lot of extended family has been a new experience and we’ve gained many new nephews and nieces around the country.
  • Spending time together. This decade has been marked by a ramping up of weekend trips and travel, from Calistoga to Australia.

Career

  • San Francisco. 8 years of this decade have been spent in San Francisco, longer even then my time in Boston where I spent the majority of the naughties.
  • Transition from community-based work to software/tech. Shutting down the Transmission Project and Digital Arts Service Corps was hard. Software/Tech is fine.
  • I have great appreciation for friends and colleagues who have introduce me to the body of work on ergonomics is software development. For example, DevOps, Extreme programming, TDD, and Christopher Alexander.
  • Facilitation, Coaching and Sponsorship (continue). Still doing it.
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