carla’s comfort foods


Con­grat­u­la­tions, Carla, on pro­duc­ing another beau­ti­ful cook­book. Of course, being mar­ried to Carla makes me biased; but I am seri­ous. Carla’s Com­fort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World is a very cre­ative, use­ful, and visu­ally appeal­ing book. Just as she did with the first book, Cook­ing with Love: Com­fort Food that Hugs You, this book has a great mix of deli­cious recipes inter­twined with per­sonal sto­ries that pro­vide con­text for the recipes. Carla also pro­vides use­ful tips through­out. I would be remiss if I didn’t also give a huge shout out to Genevieve Ko, who has helped Carla pen both books. Genevieve is a fan­tas­tic cook and writer; but, more impor­tantly, a beau­ti­ful and incred­i­bly warm per­son. I am very proud of what Carla and Genevieve have put together.

A Few Pages from Carla’s Com­fort Foods







Carla’s Com­fort Foods — Book Tour Schedule


Carla Hall

cph greg powers

photo credit: Greg Pow­ers Photography

social media — drawing lines of demarcation

If you have fol­lowed my blog for a while, then you know that I’ve had up and down rela­tion­ship with social media. I have exper­i­mented with a three-month social media sab­bat­i­cal, time off for the hol­i­days, and even going so far as shut­ting down all of my social media accounts for a year (with the intent of com­pletely opt­ing out). For one rea­son or another, I have returned to social media, but there con­tin­ues to be a nag­ging urge to shut it all down — namely because of my con­cerns about secu­rity and pri­vacy. News about the Heart­bleed cod­ing issue forced me to rethink how I man­age my online secu­rity and pass­word man­age­ment. I’ll write more about that soon.

The lat­ter issue, pri­vacy, is some­thing that I have been think­ing about quite a bit lately. I have been pretty open here on my blog, and I am try­ing to decide the right bal­ance between shar­ing thoughts and expe­ri­ences that might be inter­est­ing or help­ful to oth­ers, and decid­ing that some things are bet­ter left in my jour­nal. Beyond this blog, though, is the grow­ing ele­phant in the room — social media.

It is becom­ing increas­ing com­mon­place for peo­ple to “friend you up” on Face­book, or fol­low you on Twit­ter, Inst­gram, or Google+. The issue that I am strug­gling with, though, is the loos­en­ing of what it means to be “friends.” I don’t know if I am going through an Lud­dite phase, or becom­ing a grumpy old man, but I have started to rethink how I approach con­nect­ing to peo­ple and shar­ing details from/about my per­sonal life.

One area that I feel needs a more clear line of demar­ca­tion is my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life and con­nec­tions. I work with a great group of peo­ple, both imme­di­ately in my office, and extended con­nec­tions in other office. I like my col­leagues, and, as is often the case over time, I’ve got­ten to know a lot about them per­son­ally and their fam­i­lies. That said, these rela­tion­ships are, mainly, pro­fes­sional rela­tion­ships. As much as we admire and care about our col­leagues and their fam­i­lies, we don’t con­nect out­side of work. There are a few peo­ple in my office that I do see out­side of work, and con­sider per­sonal friends. The ques­tion that’s been gnaw­ing at me is how to han­dle social media con­nec­tions with the col­leagues that I don’t [rou­tinely] see, or con­nect with, out­side of work. After rumi­nat­ing on this ques­tion for a few weeks, I wrote down the social net­works that I fre­quent. I divided the list into per­sonal and pro­fes­sional. This is what I came up with.


As you can see, the line of demar­ca­tion is pretty stark. I am sure that there is some over­lap with ser­vices like Google+ and Twit­ter; but, for the most part, I decided that LinkedIn is the most appro­pri­ate social net­work to use with col­leagues at work. There really was not a spe­cific instance, indi­vid­ual, or occur­rence that led me to this point.

Rules of Engagement


I decided that Face­book, for as long as I stick with it, should be lim­ited to peo­ple that I inter­act with socially/personally. That means I am going through friends list on Face­book, and dis­con­nect­ing with any­one in my office or work­place that I don’t reg­u­larly inter­act with out­side of the office. It’s not an indict­ment of those peo­ple. It’s sim­ply a mat­ter of my desire to have some dis­tance between my per­sonal life and every­thing else. This means that I will also be review­ing peo­ple in my Face­book friends list for mutual con­nec­tions. I get a num­ber of friend requests from peo­ple that read this blog, or meet my wife and find me online. There may be cir­cum­stance where I meet some­one, and he/she doesn’t know any­one that I know, and we con­nect on Face­book. That’s dif­fer­ent because we’ve met and agreed to con­nect. I haven’t accepted friend requests from ran­dom peo­ple. Even if some­one has at least one mutual friend, I also don’t blindly accept friend requests if there is not con­text. Oh…I also don’t accept requests from peo­ple that I didn’t care for ‘back in the day.’ I firmly believe that peo­ple change over the years. I know I did. Nev­er­the­less, if I didn’t like your ass in high school, I am really not all that inter­ested in con­nect­ing on Face­book to see if you’ve changed in 30 years. Carry on.


I think that the deci­sion about Face­book con­nec­tions should make how I use LinkedIn pretty appar­ent. If we work, or have worked, together, we should con­nect on LinkedIn. If we went to school together (think­ing pri­mar­ily under­grad and law school), then we should con­nect on LinkedIn. If we work in sim­i­lar indus­tries, or poten­tially could be a pro­fes­sional resource for one another, we can con­nect on LinkedIn. I am pretty rea­son­able about accept­ing con­nec­tions on LinkedIn, but I do draw a line when it seems that peo­ple are adding me sim­ply to pad their con­nec­tion num­bers, or they work at a reg­u­lated industry,and look­ing for an “in” at my agency. Those peo­ple are pretty obvi­ous, because they, like ran­dom peo­ple on Face­book, have no mutual connections.

Twit­ter, Google+ & Instagram

For the time being, I am going to leave those net­works open. Most of the things that I post on Twit­ter, Google+, and Insta­gram are not per­sonal. I use Twit­ter mostly as a news feed, of sorts. I engage on Google+ more for net­work­ing and exchang­ing ideas with peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar fields — namely pho­tog­ra­phy and tech­nol­ogy. Addi­tion­ally, it is very easy to con­trol, or limit, who can see what I post on Google+. Finally, the images that I share on Insta­gram are so ran­dom that I don’t fear that any­one could piece them together and know my life.

So, there it is. I may come back to this post and edit or fine tune, as nec­es­sary. If I sent you this link, it’s prob­a­bly because you want to know why I have “unfriended” you. I hope that you understand.

i’m with you boston


bookmarks — volume 3, issue 3






Jazz Spot­light

bookmarks — volume 3, issue 2






Jazz Spot­light

who i’m groovin to


Frankie Knuck­les

18 Jan­u­ary 1955 — 31 March 2014

House music lost a leg­end yes­ter­day. Rest in peace Frankie!


Trib­ute Mixes




grant snider — incidental comics

I was scrolling through my feed on Google+ last night and spot­ted an inter­est­ing graphic on writ­ing by Grant Snider.


Ini­tially, I was sim­ply going to share the graphic and pro­vide the source. How­ever, as I looked more into Grant’s work, I felt com­pelled to share more, and give proper credit to a very tal­ented and cre­ative artist.

Grants’s Bio

Grant started out draw­ing a daily car­toon for the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas stu­dent news­pa­per, which led to a weekly strip called “Delayed Karma” for the Kansas City Star. His comics and illus­tra­tions now appear in news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, and across the inter­net. He is cur­rently study­ing ortho­don­tics at the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado-Denver and hop­ing that read­ers of Inci­den­tal Comics are eas­ier to enter­tain than teenagers with braces.

I think what struck me about Grant’s bio is that he is cur­rently study ortho­don­tics. It goes to show that you don’t need to be or do just one thing. A lot of peo­ple (read: ME) strug­gle with the desire to do some­thing cre­ative. There are times when all we want to do is jump, feet first, into the deep end to pur­sue what­ever cre­ative endeavor is call­ing us. At the same time, though, most of us are held back by the real­ity of day-to-day “stuff.” Unfor­tu­nately, because of oblig­a­tions, there’s the strug­gle with the “all or noth­ing” men­tal­ity. If we can’t spend all of our time doing that cre­ative thing, we don’t actively pur­sue the pas­sion with the time that is avail­able. Stum­bling upon Grant’s work, and read­ing his bio is a good reminder that you will, and must, make time for what matters.

Some of Grant’s Work

Dear Diary






Genius Is



All I Need To Write



New Crayons



Cre­ative Blocks



An Alfred Hitch­cock Christmas


Be sure to check out Grant’s site, Inci­den­tal Comics. He has a lot of great mate­r­ial. Just keep click­ing “Older Posts.” You can even pur­chase a num­ber of the draw­ings as posters.

don’t fear failure

Fail­ure is only a tem­po­rary change in direc­tion to set you straight for your next suc­cess.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.