Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2017

This is end-of-year post #10 (all prior ones here). That’s right, I’ve been writing this post every year for ten years in a row! So what happened in 2017? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. Globally speaking I’d file 2017 under shitty year. So much so that I’ll try not to […]

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Thanks and Happy Holidays: That was 2016

This is end-of-year post #9 (all prior ones here). So what happened in 2016? Let’s have a look back: Part work, part personal. Enjoy. I’m not going to lie: Globally and politically, 2016 was a messy year: Not cool. Political institutions and alliances have been crumbling, there’s been upheaval around the world, and populists have […]

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Rotterdam delivers!

Michelle and I were invited to speak at a ThingsCon Salon in Amsterdam. Our local host and good buddy Marcel would put us up with his family – in Rotterdam. I hadn’t been, had heard many good things and met many exceedingly nice folks from there, and couldn’t wait to see it. Turns out, Rotterdam […]

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Sintra, Portugal

Historically, Sintra has been a retreat for the rich. Just a short trip south of Lisbon, the small mountain town situated in cooling valleys and woods, was an obvious choice to reatreat from the sweltering heat of the city. It’s gorgeous. Long before that, around the 8th century, it also was an important strategic military […]

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Souvenirs of Lisbon

One of the particularly enjoyable duties/joys I have in my life, since launching [Dearsouvenir magazine](http://dearsouvenir.com), is to scout for great souvenirs and souvenir shops wherever I go: Makers of traditional goods, local designers, haberdashers and the like. Before they even make it to the magazine, here’s a few early finds after a day of roaming […]

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Arrived in Lisbon

Arrived in Lisbon. It’s 5am and I’m wide awake. The sky hasn’t quite begun to lighten up. It’s a quiet and windy night. As I’m standing on the balcony a single cab quietly drives by. The neighbors are drying dresses and blankets off the balcony. I wonder why I can’t smell the sea. (Only later […]

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Thanks & Happy Holidays: That was 2015

_This is end-of-year post #8 ([all prior ones here](http://www.thewavingcat.com/tag/end-of-year/))._ What happened in 2015? What a year, where to begin! As is the tradition with this end-of-year post, it’s part work, part personal. Enjoy. ### The theme for 2015 Last year I described 2014 as “a year of building foundations. Much more than ever before did […]

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