Saturday, September 05, 2009

Thanks to the University of Denver Magazine for the mention on page 48 in their Fall 2009 edition I just got in my mail box:

John Wren (BA '69, MBA '89) of Denver has formed the Denver Startup Forum, a community of practice for entrepreneurs, business owners and their advisers.

Are you interested in how inspiration and ideas become a reality? Then join us in this world-wide community of practice focused on the topic of startup and business creativity. We have live meetings that are video and audio taped, then the discussion continues online. We already have nearly 300 members from all over the world, from India to Houston and Phoenix.

Our next live meeting will be September 24 here in Denver, for an invitation become a member of Denver Startup Forum (free) at

We DU alumni have the chance to return to the classroom and be students for a weekend at the third annual Alumni Symposium, Oct. 2-3 on campus. I attended last year, and am registered again this year. It is outstanding. It is open to all alumni; admission is free but registration is required. (303)871-2701 or
"Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win."
Jonathan Kozol, born this day in Boston in 1936, author of Letters to a Young Teacher (2007)

Are you reading To Kill a Mockingbird? Join us at a Franklin Circle to discuss it, see my comment on today's Denver Post article:

Thursday, September 03, 2009

42 years ago Janet and I were married and we had 4 great kids and 20 years of a happy marrage. And 20 out of 23 isn't too bad!

Harvard Business Review: When work doesn't make you happy (click here).

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

It was on this day in 1901 at the Minnesota State Fair that Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech and uttered his famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." He said that it was a West African proverb that he had always liked. He probably picked it up from his wide reading — he often read a book a day, even after he became president, and he wrote a total of 40 books during his lifetime.

In 1901, Roosevelt was vice president under President William McKinley, a position that he didn't like very much. He said, "I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than Vice President," and said that the position was "not a steppingstone to anything except oblivion." When he was invited to give a speech in February of 1901, shortly after he had taken office, he refused, explaining that it was "chiefly for the excellent reason that I have nothing whatever to say."

But eventually he got so bored that he decided he needed some regular activity besides his vice presidential duties, and so he went on a speaking tour after all, and the Minnesota State Fair was part of that. Just four days later, at a public reception back in Washington, McKinley was shot in the stomach by a young anarchist. After a couple of days, the president looked like he would recover completely, and so Roosevelt took off on a hiking trip with his family. But the president died on September 14th — a messenger had come to find Roosevelt in the Adirondacks, but by the time he made it to Washington, McKinley was dead. Less than two weeks after his famous speech at the Minnesota State Fair, Roosevelt was the new president, and at age 42, the youngest in the country's history.

From today's The Writer's Almanac

Monday, August 31, 2009

It's the birthday of the devout Catholic Maria Montessori, born on this day in Chiaravalle, Italy (1870). As a doctor, she worked with children with special needs, and through her work with them she became increasingly interested in education.

She believed that children were not blank slates, but that they each had inherent, individual gifts. It was a teacher's job to help children find these gifts, rather than dictating what a child should know. She emphasized independence, self-directed learning, and learning from peers. Children were encouraged to make decisions.

She wrote many books about her philosophy of education, including The Montessori Method (1912) and The Absorbent Mind (1949).

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion." Molly Ivins, born on this day in Monterey, California (1944) and raised in Houston, Texas. After writing for years for the Minneapolis Star-Tribute, she was a one of the countries most quoted columnists, writing for the Texas Observer in Austin until she died a couple of years ago.

In a biographical blurb she wrote about herself for a Web site, she proclaimed, "Molly Ivins is a nationally syndicated political columnist who remains cheerful despite Texas politics. She emphasizes the more hilarious aspects of both state and national government, and consequently never has to write fiction."