Like most parents, I am concerned with my daughter Soleil’s welfare and education. One of the most disconcerting things about this time period is her interest in video and games, and what is an often poor reaction to being separted from the media. Soleil throws sever temper tantrums when she video and ipad time ends, which is now causing us […]

Image by Camera Obscura 1975 The other day Caitlin told Soleil they would visit the library for story time. Their conversation unleashed a well of hope within me. I had come to believe that libraries were dying, just like the traditional publishing business that fills their shelves. I remembered reading that libraries were dwindling, and just wrote them off. Like […]

On October 29, my beautiful girl Soleil turned two years old. People that know me understand how much I love my daughter, something I’ve written about before on this blog. But many of you don’t know why I am so grateful. Of course, normal parental love factors into it. There’s also the very desperate reality I faced about infertility and […]

Earlier this week I shared that I’m posting less photos of my daughter Soleil online. It’s part of a conscious effort to be mindful about how my actions and attitudes will shape her digital future. It’s just stunning how quickly time flies. I remember holding her in my arms when she was three days old. She literally fit between my […]

I gave the following commencement speech yesterday in Richmond to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications. The speech focuses on what makes for a successful career in communications, specifically by navigating today’s fast moving media environment. The keys to success are gaining experience and delivering impact. Thank you to Bill Farrar, Yan Jin, Jon Newman and the rest of […]

Image by Toca Boca Semantic data, smaller screens, texting, social media, short videos, network update streams, augment reality, and more continue to evolve the way we receive information from both new and traditional email. As each new innovation arrives and evolves, people ask whether or not the new XXXX is harming our youth. Will they will be unable to think […]