Drop the Bat; Run to First (Lessons From a T-Ball Coach)

A few years ago, I wanted to introduce my oldest son to sports. He was probably four at the time, and after playing catch with him in the backyard during the early spring, I discovered he had a knack for both hitting and throwing a baseball. He was still pretty young, so I figured finding a local T-Ball club would be the best way to introduce him to the sport. A few days after I signed him up, my wife and I had a barbecue at our house with some friends, and I casually mentioned this to my buddy Read More

Lessons From the Darkroom

I like photography a lot, and always have. I've always appreciated a well-done photograph and have devoted a few years of my life to learning how to compose, create, and finish a photograph just the way I want it. When I was a student at Pikes Peak Community College, almost all my time was spent learning the boring crap you need to get out of the way in order to finally study what you want at a "real" university. For me, that meant almost all my time was spent building up my "core" classes; economics, Read More

“Would You Like To Drive Home In A Ford Today?”

About seven years ago, right after my wife and I were married, we went on our very first shopping trip as a married couple, to furnish our brand new apartment. We bought all the essentials, like a broom, a doormat, a coffeemaker, toilet paper, sugar, and other things you never think of until you move into a new place. When we went out to the parking lot, I tried to start my car, but it wouldn't start. But it didn't just need a jump or a tow, it was totally dead—broken beyond repair, as we found Read More

City Councilman Tim Leigh

Nearly everybody in Colorado Springs has, at one time or another, heard of Tim Leigh. And if you've heard of Tim Leigh, it wasn't just once. You've heard about him many, many times. He's a Colorado Springs City Councilman (at-large), and with all the attention he gets, you may not believe that he's actually one of the newest members on council. He's been a councilor for all of one year, and yet he's constantly in the news. Almost every day someone at the Gazette or the Independent has something to Read More

Lessons From a Customer

A few years ago, I met with a customer who was an older gentleman in the roadbase and paving industry. I was asking him my standard questions before coming up with a proposal for a new website. I started asked things like "Do you have any social media accounts? Do you do any offline advertising? Who's your target customer?" and he cut me off in the middle of my questioning. He kindly told me the following, which I'll never forget: "Ron, I only have a seventh grade education. I dropped out and got Read More

Blank Canvas Syndrome

Something I've noticed over the years is that being creative isn't necessarily difficult for me, but starting a creative project is. It's the hardest part. There's nothing more intimidating while creating than viewing a blank page or canvas. (My experience has mainly been with pixels and not paint, so my exposure to "blank canvas syndrome" has been on a computer). Whether writing the first draft of a document, or staring at a blank Photoshop canvas, it's sometimes paralyzing for me. I'll procrastinate Read More