the opposite of justice is silence.

"The opposite of justice is not injustice; it's silence. We can't be silent now." Thanks to a passionate speech by Cory Booker at Dulles International Airport during protests to the new President's travel and immigration ban, I realized that so many of my fellow citizens, like me, don't quite understand what to do with this avalanche of…Read more the opposite of justice is silence.

yearning to breathe free

I am speechless about one of the core principles of our nation so flippantly forgotten. The Statue of Liberty Monument is the New Colossus, and her name is Mother of Exiles. The full text of the poem stands as a reminder that so many of us who are "born and bred Americans" arrived here generations before. We…Read more yearning to breathe free

On Creativity and Art |

on creativity and art

A good friend of mine, Christopher Gronlund, is a writer, hominidae podcast genius, and juggler (which fits, given his penchant for "balls in the air" quick wit and thinking). A recent post on his Facebook profile led to an interesting conversation, which led to an insightful article by Christopher on his own blog. Fairly recently,…Read more on creativity and art

"Office Space" (Mike Judge). © 1999 Twentieth Century Fox / Courtesy Pyxurz.

Five little things that kill a creative working culture |

  Creativity is about culture and people, so it's hard to kill it quickly. This post by Econsultancy is all too familiar to me, and anyone who has worked as a creative in a non-creative organization or business. Meetings, especially, confound me. I once worked in an environment that demanded so many meetings that I…Read more Five little things that kill a creative working culture |

hard work

I had an interview in late January that was a perfect fit for me, from the organizational culture to the job duties. My interview with the CEO was a long, leisurely chat about concepts and goals, since it was decided early on that my technical skills would meet all of the organization's needs (and then some). A small…Read more hard work

Happy Holidays from NOVA Workforce Development Division!

As we get ready to close our offices for the year and enjoy time off with our families, we'd like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our students, our partners, and our communities for helping us create programs that benefit individuals and companies. We look forward to the new year, and we wish you…Read more Happy Holidays from NOVA Workforce Development Division!

Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration

Dealing with stakeholders, especially difficult ones, can be among a project manager’s more frustrating responsibilities. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) 2013 PMBOK, a project stakeholder is "an individual, group, or organization, who may affect, be affected by, or perceive itself to be affected by a decision, activity, or outcome of a project." Most project managers depend on the old…Read more Stakeholder Partnerships: from conflict to collaboration

Veteran's Day 2015 - honoring those who have served

Veteran’s Day: honoring those who have honored us

The Office of Veteran’s Affairs provides a history of Veteran’s Day, which began in 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for…Read more Veteran’s Day: honoring those who have honored us

ACLI Faculty Appreciation Day: new ideas and strategies for ESL learning

On October 13, ACLI faculty from all of NOVA’s campuses gathered at NOVA’s Pender location to develop new ideas and strategies to apply in their classrooms. About 70 faculty members attended the event, which was kicked off by a demonstration of MyEnglishLab, an online program for ESL instructors presented by Pearson Education representative Lynn Napolitano.…Read more ACLI Faculty Appreciation Day: new ideas and strategies for ESL learning

Terry McAuliffe: "We've got 900,000 Virginians retiring in the next 10 years, which will create 400,000 to 500,000 new jobs -- 60% of these jobs will require less than a 4-year degree."

Techtober and STEM initiatives

In September, NVTC and NOVA co-hosted a Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) roundtable discussion on Northern Virginia's economic future at NOVA's Annandale Campus. More than 80 business, education and elected leaders worked to develop a collaborative vision for moving our region forward. George Mason University and Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce also co-hosted the event. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, speaking on many points from his "New…Read more Techtober and STEM initiatives

STEM of consciousness for career changers

STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers

We hear a lot about the high demand for workers to fill STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. What’s less clear is what actual jobs are available, and how you, as a career changer, can leverage your experience to enter these fields. Interested in a STEM education? Consider the realities of today’s job market: STEM Advantages…Read more STEM of Consciousness for Career Changers

Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

From cyberattacks to technology malfunctions, our private information is at risk every day. We have developed vast networks, security protocols, and automated processes to handle many of our daily tasks, and every industry--from military to finance to entertainment--has  critical vulnerabilities revealed by attacks on data and functionality. We are facing serious gaps in both technology and the manpower to fix it.…Read more Fixing the Glitch: the face of cyber security

Fixing the Glitch: cyber security and broken systems

Remember the AP Twitter hack-and-hoax of 2013, where the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) gained access to the Associated Press' Twitter account and posted a fake tweet reporting explosions at the White House and the injury of the President? Within seconds, financial markets dropped by 1%. Within minutes, Twitter became a hornets' nest of refutations and announcements.…Read more Fixing the Glitch: cyber security and broken systems

Beyond college: corporate training and career development

Do you, as an employer, view a degree as the only measure of skills and capabilities for your workforce? The answer is "it depends." Different industries have different requirements. But we need to step back and look at how the definition of higher learning—traditionally via a four-year degree program—has evolved, for both individuals and employers. Degree alternatives For…Read more Beyond college: corporate training and career development

Brands and Social Shenanigans

Just saw this Gawker article on Brands and their "curious" use of social media to generate warm fuzzies among their target audience. Some good points in here. Brands Are Not Your Friends, by Sam Biddle Read the whole article on

blogs i follow: Zen Pencils

I have enjoyed the inspiration that bursts forth from this amazing artist; the quotations are timeless, and the artwork is perfectly suited to drive the message across in a fun yet meaningful fashion. Motivating others without being heavy-handed with the message is a challenge, but Zen Pencils does it well, creatively, and with a beautifully…Read more blogs i follow: Zen Pencils

Graphic Design trends for 2014

2014 design trends (infographic)

from "Another year came and went in a blur of Helvetica and hipsters, — so before you blink and miss 2014, grab a coffee, sit back and check out these top visual design trends to expect in the coming year."

how to be more creative

Infographic: How To Be More Creative. a fantastic blueprint for the creative process.


viktorkitty understands that the proximity of his belly to my hands is directly proportional to the chance he's going to get rubbies. he also needs to learn that the proximity of his head to my keyboard is inversely proportional to being a good kitty. he does make a cute paperweight, though. there is a notepad…Read more papurrr-weight

musica nuova

A poster I created for Musica Nuova's upcoming performance of Il Ballo delle Ingrate. If you can get to New York City, I suggest you check them out. (oh, and I created their website, too.)