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Handling the Unexpected

Monday, October 14, 2019
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to oversee a simple sidewalk project in the downtown of a small town. Nothing particularly noteworthy – just removing the old sidewalk and pouring new. The only challenge expected was how best to keep local businesses open, accessible, and safe while...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 23: Pets #3; Dog 2, Echo

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
For background you may wish to re-read my May 2018 blog. I was released from Silver Cross Hospital for Christmas in 1989. It was a coin-flip between a rehabilitation center and home nursing, but it was Christmas, so at my family’s urging the doctors agreed to let me go home for a trial....

Stick with the Plan or Take the Opportunity? Life's Twists and Turns

Thursday, September 19, 2019
   Most of us have all been there – that time when your life plan isn’t working out and an opportunity knocks that would take you in another direction.  In the short-term, setbacks can be devastating but it can lead to an amazing journey where you look back and see how ...

An Engineer in the Woods, Installment 22: Pets #2; Dog 1, Ely

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
After a few months as kitty parents, the cat was still alive and appeared to be thriving.  Kristen and I were thinking in the back of our heads that someday we would become parents to small humans as well, though we’d never admit it.  Bentley the cat had become easy to raise, but...

What Distinguishes Your Community?

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Recently I went through a job change as the company downsized and my position was eliminated.  As that door closed another opened but that is another story for another time. The transition gave me the opportunity to meet and interview with several municipalities.  As a professiona...