A Year Without My Dad

It was one year ago today my father passed away quietly in the night. It could have been the beginning of a very dark time for me: I had, just a month before, said goodbye to someone I loved and closed a pretty big chapter of my life. I fought hard for three years but was no match … [more]

The Trouble with Calling Myself an American

I need to talk to you about something that will probably get me into trouble: I call myself an American and I don’t feel bad about it. There, I said it! If you’re wondering what’s wrong with that, you’ve never had “that conversation” — the one where someone from another country points out to you that the USA is not the only country in … [more]

An Almost-Expat Rant

I’ve been married for six days now. I wish this could be a time to relax and enjoy one another’s company…maybe a honeymoon, or hell, to just kick up our heels on the coffee table for five minutes and applaud ourselves for getting this far. But that’s not how it goes when you marry somebody from a … [more]

My Perfectly Imperfect Wedding Album

Your wedding day, they say, is one of the most important days of your life. You’ll be the most beautiful or handsome you’ll ever be in your whole life, have the most fun you’ll ever have, create the memories that will last a lifetime, and take photographs that will adorn your home (and Facebook) forever. NO PRESSURE. Let … [more]

Thoughts on Things

So, I’ve been having a midlife crisis for the last decade or so now. I don’t know why it took so long for me to settle in to my life because I feel like I’ve got this now. It’s like, I went through a lot, took the time to learn from it all, and then just … [more]

The one where I begin to blog again by blogging about blogging and other stuff

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since I’ve written here. Awhile ago, I pulled down several posts because they were reminders of a chapter in my life long-since closed, and frankly, I didn’t want evidence of that floating around the internet. Maybe that defeats the purpose of a blog — aren’t they … [more]

Au Revoir LiveMocha.com & The Death of Online Communities

When a great online community is formed, it is a glorious thing. GoodReads brings book lovers together so they can discover their next book, form book clubs, interact with their favorite authors and write authentic reviews. LiveMocha is a site where people from all over the world come together to learn, chat, make new friends and give one another … [more]

Life, Death & Facebook

Since it’s public — the obituary is published and let’s face it, nothing’s real until it’s on Facebook — my friend Brian Roberts passed recently. Some of you who read my blog and follow me on Facebook don’t know Brian, and might be wondering why things are all-80s-all-the-time and suddenly Michel’s photos have been replaced mysteriously by … [more]

How to Get Your Web Designer to Read Your Mind

When I get feedback from a client like this I know why I’m a web designer, because nothing makes me happier than when this happens: I really enjoy the creative process with you.  It’s like you can read minds and pull out the ideas and elements we didn’t even know how to express!  I’m thrilled … [more]