Category: I Have The Talking Stick

This is a sad story. It’s personal. I debated the selfishness of writing about it. One friend warned me against writing when the feelings are “raw”. So, I’m writing this with a glass of wine by my side. My Golden Retriever Killed Our New Puppy For the rest of my life, I will live with this. Worse yet, so do three 18 year olds and one 15 year old who were there when it happened. My husband Eric, who heldRead more…

I used to be into macrame. I loved making beautiful plant hangers, clothes, drapes and jewelry out of twine, hemp, rope or whatever I could find to weave with. It’s not unlike linking is today on the Internet. I suppose some creative, bored person could analyze page links and come up with some funky designs based on patterns and how web pages interconnect. There was a gracefulness about macrame. Patterns were flexible enough to add gemstones and beads, or stretchRead more…

I’ve been studying physics. For me to understand any of the science and newer theories, such as “string theory”, I try to picture it in my head. Have you tried to imagine what a blown apart atom looks like or the so-called “11 dimensions” that string theory strives to prove? Why do I even care? Have you noticed how one dimensional social networking is? Or how the sense of Time feels awkward when you crank up Twitter and see commentsRead more…

I guess it’s human nature to invent, invest, network, work together and build layer upon layer of The Thing We’re Doing. And, it’s our legacy as people to chip away at the foundation and pillage the treasures until there’s barely a hint of what was the original thought. The State of the UX Community We are splintering into sub-groups who debate the meaning of design or usability endlessly instead of working together to build a shared understanding of the extensiveRead more…

At the recent Search Engine Strategies Conference in San Jose, Joe Whyte interviewed me and Bill Slawski for the Search Marketing Standard magazine. The interview is out now and it illustrates Bill’s brilliance. Joe did a taped interview, which is harder to do, I think. I’ve done one that way and it requires going back and finding the parts of the conversation where you stayed on track. You need to edit out the off topic sections and giggles. The gigglesRead more…

Exciting plans include new SEC Certification Pathways, advanced level courses, new website and global accreditation. I remember the hot summer days where my favorite excuse to sit out by my swimming pool and “work” was gathering my notes and research to write a self-study website usability course for a new online school called The Search Engine College. I was part of an esteemed list of tutors invited by Australian-based, Kalena and Jerry Jordan, founders of the school. Not only didRead more…

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