Heading for Connexions conference plus 4-city open textbook roadshow

The Rice University Connexions conference is the highlight of my travels that start today. Connexions is the premier open educational resources repository.

I will also be facilitating open textbook workshops in Orlando January 26, St Petersburg January 28, Ft. Lauderdale February 1, and Houston February 3. Florida community colleges have signed up about 80 open textbook fans and advocate/trainers and Texas is a strong competitor. The Florida Distance Learning  Consortium (FDLC) also has an outstanding repository Orange Grove Texts Plus. The FDLC staff deserve all the credit for the high registration. FDLC staff  plus people from St. Petersburg and Broward Colleges are providing instructors for the workshops. Houston Community College is doing the same for the Feb 3 workshop.

Creative Expressions at Los Altos Cafe this Month

Creative Expressions has an ongoing art exhibit this month at Mail Street Cafe in Los Altos, California.  You can drop in any time and see the exhibit. The group is having a reception on Friday, January 15 from 5 – 7 PM.  I will be there and hope to see you there, too.

My friend Cathy Smithwick, one of the artists, says “The exhibits are of Mandalas that we painted on single sized pizza boxes (they were clean and unused).  Some of you may have seen the monks in Tibet creating sand mandalas on the grounds of their temples that are swept away and destroyed as soon as they are complete.  Ours are a bit more permanent, having been painted in acrylics.  Each one is unique since it is the design of the creator.  If you happen to go and I am not there, you can find mine.  It is very colorful and has a circle of dolphins swimming around it.  There are blues, yellows, reds and, of course, purple in the color scheme. “

John McLaren well-paid landscape manager 26 years past mandatory retirement

John McLaren transformed San Francisco and the Peninsula from an arid treeless semi-desert to a park-like environment that we enjoy daily. The gruff Scot was employed by the estates of San Mateo county and later by the City of San Francisco. Sunset Magazine called him a true master gardener and the highest horticultural authority in the West.

Mandatory retirement at age 70 was waived by the San Francisco city council. McLaren continued his work until his death at the age of 96.

Many people take up gardening in their retirement; McLaren gardened on a grand scale throughout his long adult life and was well-paid for that mastery.

Recommendation for Employment Crossing

I rarely recommend costly services or products for job-seekers. I will make an exception for Employment Crossing. I subscribe to Project Management Crossing for $30/month, one of about 50 different flavors. The others include HR Crossing, Finance Crossing, etc.  Membership in one type gives search access to all of the others. The Crossing sites pull job openings from many other sites and offers excellent search, sort, and notification features.

MIT Sloan Presentation on Innovation

MIT Sloan Presentation on Leadership
A few days ago the Sloan School of Business at MIT released an excellent video of W.A.Gore CEO Terri Kelly. The title is Creating a Culture of Innovation.


W. L. Gore & Associates has been called “the most innovative company in America” by Fast Company magazine and has been named to that magazine’s current Fast 50 list of innovative companies. W. L. Gore is number 47 on the Fortune list of 100 best companies to work for.

Shirley Magidson: Inventor

Shirley Magidson may be known to many as an ultra-liberal activist. I prefer to focus on her career as an inventor. Her early success was in the invention of the underwire brassierre. This invention and the Maiden Form Brassierre Company made her wealthy. Years later Ms. Magidson was still inventing. She patented a sleep mask at the age of 78.

Terrific new website offers company-specific salary information

A terrific new website offers company-specific salary information. The site claims to be for technology careers but I found rich information for teachers and other professions.  The interface is Google-like so do not expect much information about the company itself: Salary Dom. Even the AboutUs page is sparse.  The URL is  http://www.salarydom.com/