Treasuring Places of Character

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One of my greatest joys over the last two plus years has been watching my son grow up. On the cusp of moving from toddler to little boy, I increasingly see the all-important role Paula and I have in shaping his character (enter, “timeout”). But environment has an impact too, and one of the best places for him to exercise his character is on the playground. Here, there are opportunities to take on new challenges such as scaling the ladder and trying out the big slide, to utilize his creativity in the sandbox, to learn how to interact with both the bigger and smaller kids alike. But as we explore playgrounds around Austin, we notice they’re not all equal. Continue reading

What is the Purpose of Our Economy?

imagePerhaps a good starting point for our discussion of “In what economy do we flourish?” is to ask the question, what is the purpose of our economy? While admittedly over-simplistic, I propose that there are four primary economic motivations:

  • To Make Money (Financially Driven): Let’s be honest, we all need to eat and for most of us money is the way we make that happen. As a former budget analyst who’s married to a CPA, I am not willing to understate the importance of money (especially as many people have fought and continue to fight valiantly for fair wag Continue reading