5 Ways to Be More Irish

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Have you ever wanted to, you know, be more Irish?  Especially today.  Here are 5 ways to do just that. St. Paddy's Day is an important holiday here at The Daily Blur, because, hey, we are Irish.  For your holiday enjoyment, these are  some lessons I learned from my favorite Irishman.  Born on March 22, 1906, to Irish immigrants, his name was Frank Quinlan. He was my grandpa. He was Tim’s grandpa too, and John's grandpa, and all our many cousins, because, as I … [Read more...]

4 Steps for Managing New Business Stress

Our son Christian at College Grad Dec2013

Starting a new business is not unlike bringing home your new baby:   The sleepless nights, the fatigue, the constant attention to someone else’s needs to ensure it’s survival. Starting a new business is stressful. Here are 4 steps for managing the stress of your new business.  It's the same advice I gave a group of young moms about managing baby stress recently. It’s good advice for you too if you are nurturing a baby business. 1. Check your expectations. Starting a new business is hard. … [Read more...]

Honoring Those Who Serve


(Mondays are Lynn Miles Peisker days at The Daily Blur. Lynn serves as the Executive Sister and Chief Plate Spinner at the Imagination Advisory Group. Check out her growing archive of posts here.) I'm going to interrupt your regular programming at The Daily Blur for this moment of  pride and reflection. This is our dad in 1956 at Camp Pendleton, California, during his service to our country as a United States Marine.  Today we honor him and all who serve and have served our county in the … [Read more...]

Putting the Cart Before the Horse

(Mondays are Lynn Miles Peisker days at The Daily Blur. Lynn serves as the Executive Sister and Chief Plate Spinner at the Imagination Advisory Group. Check out her growing archive of posts here.)   Our dear grandmother lived to be 100 years old. She was full of wisdom and made the best rhubarb pie, like ever. Days spent at her house were always special. She made household chores and cooking meals seem like summer camp. Grandma June was a school teacher and she often was able to convey … [Read more...]

My Sister’s Cooler Than Your Sister


My sister is Lynn Peisker. She's my role model and hero. If I can be half the parent, person and communicator she is, I'll turn out alright.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Champaign Unit School District #4 DATE: 8/23/11    TOPIC: District wins communication awards The Champaign Community Unit School District #4 has received three state level communication awards from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. “Marketing our Magnet Schools”, a campaign to … [Read more...]

Both Unsettling And Thrilling

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I was walking from class to work at Southern Illinois University on September 11, 2001. Where were you? I have two conflicting beliefs orbiting around in my head this morning - one courtesy of my friend, Rhiannon -- ‎"I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure"-- Mark Twain The other courtesy of two folks. My brilliant niece Meredith was the first to share Proverbs 24:17 -- "Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he … [Read more...]

How I Quit Smoking: The Monday Meditation

Three years ago today, I quit smoking. It shocked people who knew me. Few believed - including me initially - I could do it. I started when I was eighteen and never looked back. Of course, quitting saved my life, but it did more. Here’s a quick digest of how I did it and what I noticed. 1. It was my fourth try. The longest I’d gone smoke-free prior to quitting was thirteen days. 2. I was no longer around many smokers. In previous attempts my environment was filled with smokers. It makes a … [Read more...]

Live Blog: Mommy’s Day Away


Like most mamas, Dee works really, really hard to make sure our children don't eat each other. Saturday, she set out for a richly-deserved day and night away from us. We hope she comes back. I thought I would sorta try my hand at mommy-blogging while she was away so, when she got back, she could evaluate my performance. Since I'm still very much a novice at solo parenting our two children at the same time (Will is 6, Sarah is 15 months), I posted facebook updates throughout the day in hopes … [Read more...]

Which iPad Should You Get? (Plus, the MacBook Air)


I'm not sure which one you should get. I am sure which one my sister should get, and it might quickly help you, too. Last night, I had a meeting with my new friends in The Gang of Nerds. They gave away an iPad, and it was a subject of desire and topic of discussion throughout the evening. I've had a dozen people ask me if they should get one, and if so, what size/kind, or if they should wait until the next one? My wife said I should write up a quick post - in spite of my protestations that … [Read more...]