64 Days of Love (Day Eighteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 18 will warm your heart. I love my school district and how hard these students work to support each other.

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64 Days of Love (Day Seventeen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Sleep. Yes. Sleep. One of the things I love most is getting enough sleep.

Most nights I’m lucky to be in bed by 11pm and up again at 5am. That means weekends and sleeping until 7 or 8am are so glorious!

Lately I have been staying up to make these posts if I didn’t find time during the day. It’s hard. I would rather sleep most times when faced with the prospect of missing a post day, but I am committed to posting every day.

So tonight as I lay in bed writing this on my phone and lighting up the room, the thing I love and cherish most is sleep. Goodnight!

64 Days of Love (Day Sixteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 16 of these 64 Days of Love is all about the work of Brené Brown, but this post is specific to her talk about empathy. Brené’s imagery of empathy, not sympathy, was more than instructional for me–it was eye opening. The idea of “feeling with people”–right beside them is so much deeper than I had considered.

The idea of feeling with people instead of trying to make them feel better has changed my natural male inclinations. Connection with someone is the core of empathy and it has certainly softened the way I parent and the way I interact with my wife. It has increased the love my family feels from me and bettered my whole family.

Watch this short RSA video of her talk on Empathy to get a better idea of what I mean:

Brené’s work is amazing, and it’s not the last time I will post about it in these 64 Days of Love.

Extra: Here’s is Brené’s now infamous TED Talk.

64 Days of Love (Day Fifteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On Day 15 I wanted to share another inspirational group of musicians who have influenced my love to a great degree. Previously I have shared about Jars of Clay, the Black Eyed Peas, and Cowboy Mouth so it should come as no surprise when I declare that music has always been the key to open up my heart and soul.

The band I want to celebrate today though goes beyond music. They have actually entered the fight for Love through support for a plan to eradicate global poverty, see the ONE campaign. Their lyrics of tolerance and love were not the end of their efforts to see the world changed. They used their fame to spread peace, love, and harmony with a goal to actually end poverty.

Of course, I am referring to the one and only legendary U2.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

One Campaign

64 Days of Love (Days Thirteen and Fourteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Apparently day 14 is going to be about grace again since I was wiped out by a band competition on Saturday. Between being super tired on 5 hours sleep after a football game Friday and the sun taking it’s toll on me…I simply just missed it. Grace. SO MUCH GRACE.

My real post for Day 14 is about a program we are doing in Alamo Heights that is called Dude. Be Nice. I had not heard of it before comign to AHISD and I can see the profound impact it is having on our culture district-wide. Just the t-shirt alone is a subtle reminder to love those around us.

Learn more about Dude. Be Nice on their website and through the video below that highlights the work of AHISD’s ambassador Andrew Walton:

64 Days of Love (Day Eleven and Twelve)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 12 is all about grace. The thing about grace is that it is so easy to give to others (usually) and eleven-billionty times harder to give to ourselves. On this twelfth day I need grace, because I missed Day Eleven.

I told myself, “Self, There’s no excuse to miss a day of this blog. Success on this project is posting everyday with absolute perfection.” In that “self” talk, I set myself up for not having grace for myself. The same grace I can extend to others, I removed as an option for myself.

Forget the fact that last night I literally I drove two hours home from work and arrived at 6:30ish (after leaving the house at 5:15am), I cooked a real meal for my kids, had meaningful conversation with each one of them, laughed with them, did the dishes, cleaned the stove, and then hit a wall at 9:45. I fell asleep almost instantly and never posted.

This morning, the regret was quick and the failure thought was prominent in my head. I processed missing the day and wondered if I should just quit since I missed, but then I heard myself and realized that was crazy talk! Grace! Glorious grace! I can give some of that to myself too.

So today, today’s day of love is all about having the grace to forgive myself and keep going because, as Stuart Smalley once said “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”

64 Days of Love (Day Ten)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On Day Ten of these 64 Days of Love I have to brag about how much I LOVE how a project I was working on turned out.

I will spare all the details that led to the creation of this graphic below but suffice it to say it was a big undertaking to a major concept with district-wide implications and make it into a graphic. That said, here is the graphic.

Now, the LOVE part of this is that after designing that a few months back I decided that it would look pretty cool as a coin. BOY WAS I RIGHT!!! Check it out!

I love these so much and am excited to share the story of how Alamo Heights ISD Engaged Classrooms are changing the culture of teaching district-wide using this coin!