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#bewaterwise Kickoff Meeting (at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

#bewaterwise Kickoff Meeting (at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

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BeWaterWise.com Kickoff at the Metropolitan Water District at Union Station #bewaterwise (at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

BeWaterWise.com Kickoff at the Metropolitan Water District at Union Station #bewaterwise (at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)

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Looking back over the last several months, I have come to think of this as a time of shedding. From getting rid of old cruft around the house to removing a bit o the cruft from my life and mind, we have all been shedding something. Joseph is rapidly shedding his childhood and turning into a young man. Rosanne is shedding one career and blooming into an amazing academic career (along with several other related ones. I still feel that I am mainly still shedding my old life, my old career, my old ideas, my old feelings, but I am not yet sure what I will become in the next few months or years. (via My Word with Douglas E. Welch » Shedding old things – End of the Day for September 16, 2014)

Looking back over the last several months, I have come to think of this as a time of shedding. From getting rid of old cruft around the house to removing a bit o the cruft from my life and mind, we have all been shedding something. Joseph is rapidly shedding his childhood and turning into a young man. Rosanne is shedding one career and blooming into an amazing academic career (along with several other related ones. I still feel that I am mainly still shedding my old life, my old career, my old ideas, my old feelings, but I am not yet sure what I will become in the next few months or years. (via My Word with Douglas E. Welch » Shedding old things – End of the Day for September 16, 2014)

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(via Video: Hummingbird at Feeder, Van Nuys, CA | A Gardener’s Notebook)
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It is conventional wisdom that bigger is always better, but when it comes to your job search, returning to the same old well might not serve your best interests. If you are looking where everyone else is looking, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself facing hundreds, if not thousands, of other candidates for the same job. I think it is safe to say that in today’s environment you need to look beyond the largest job search sites if you want to build the career you deserve.

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Spring is here, and I am finding myself at the ball field each weekend for Little League practices and games. In fact, as I write, my son Joe is catching for his team. Watching a group of 7-9-year-olds struggle with the fundamentals of a game can be very enlightening. You quickly begin to see parallels between new ball players and new high-tech careerists. Using sports metaphors in business is a bit cliché, especially for someone as un-athletic as myself, but writers continue to use them because, sometimes, they are most appropriate.

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The explosion of educational MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) seems to indicate a large, renewed interest in nontraditional educational opportunities. People are looking for new opportunities to learn when and where they can. While there are a tremendous amount of large MOOCs available, and you should be investigating them, this trend has also sparked my own thinking about smaller, self-directed learning opportunities. You don’t always have to rely on someone else to create your learning opportunities, like traditional schools and universities. You, along with a small group of friends, family, or coworkers can create your own time and place to learn together. In some ways, I think that these smaller groups can help you learn more deeply, in a more intimate learning environment, than any MOOC possibly could.

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Interesting Plant: Hemerocallis ‘Derrick Cane’ (Daylily)

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Interesting Plant: Hemerocallis ‘Derrick Cane’ (Daylily)

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"If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; … If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same … Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it." - Ruyard Kipling In my experience, truer words were never spoken. They apply to so many aspects of life and work that they may be one of the few universal truths in the world. Kipling knew that managing yourself and your life in the extremes of both failure and success was the true sign of a great person. I know that I measure myself against these words, sometimes on a daily basis. I believe the ability to think clearly, even when others are confused, resentful and uncooperative is the rock on which you found your own reputation, career and life.

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(via Career Opportunities with Douglas E. Welch » Opportunity — from the Career Opportunities Podcast)
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LA Friday Coffee(?) - Raise a pint at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co in Van Nuys – Friday, September 19, 2014 – 6pm-10pm   
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LA Friday Coffee(?) - Raise a pint at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co in Van Nuys – Friday, September 19, 2014 – 6pm-10pm
(via Next Meeting: Raise a pint at MacLeod Ale Brewing Co in Van Nuys – Friday, September 19, 2014 – 6pm-10pm | LA Friday Coffee)

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Douglas’ Neat Friends: Home Sweet Jerome by Diane Rapaport 

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Douglas’ Neat Friends: Home Sweet Jerome by Diane Rapaport

(via My Word with Douglas E. Welch » Douglas’ Neat Friends: Home Sweet Jerome by Diane Rapaport)

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Video: A Time to Serve Yourself from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch 

 (via Career Opportunities with Douglas E. Welch » Video: A Time to Serve Yourself from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch)

Video: A Time to Serve Yourself from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

(via Career Opportunities with Douglas E. Welch » Video: A Time to Serve Yourself from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch)

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End of project blues – End of the Day for September 14, 2014 

 (via My Word with Douglas E. Welch » End of project blues – End of the Day for September 14, 2014)

End of project blues – End of the Day for September 14, 2014 

(via My Word with Douglas E. Welch » End of project blues – End of the Day for September 14, 2014)