Douglas' Journey to Define The Human Element
Farewell to my best buddy, my shadow, Jasmine the Beagle

Farewell to my best buddy, my shadow, Jasmine the Beagle

I have been struggling over the past 10 days on coming to terms with the passing of my best friend, Jasmine the beagle. I felt it fitting to share the story of Jasmine in my life, how she chose me, and her final few minutes with me last Monday. In early November 2006, Victor and I were casually walking along Mag Mile. We entered the shopping center to visit Nordstrom, along the path we ran into a baby beagle rescue available for adoption. The scent of the puppy, nibbling on my fingers, my heart […]
A craving for empanadas & beer that helped to make my life whole

A craving for empanadas & beer that helped to make my life whole

Struggling to see my monitor with the vibrant light of the sun blinding me as it begins to set over the rooftops. I hit mental roadblocks in adding to this blog when too many topics cross my mind; Life, learnings, friendship, quotes, love, sadness and my journey exploring the Human Element. A rollercoaster of a Sunday, two friends added rich context to the fragile nature of life, and in response to the warp speed of life my adopted mom said "Yes it does. Never realized it when I was 36". The "mi[…]
An Apology to the Sun, God Moments, Day In The Life

An Apology to the Sun, God Moments, Day In The Life

The long haul flight boredom helped me discover the sitcom Jane the Virgin. For those who have not watched the series, the name may perplex you. The show about a mistake impregnating has light humor and enjoyable moments when Jane’s imagination takes over. A snippet of a short sponsored by Wells Fargo aired on TV which I curiously went online to see the complete version. Wells Fargo? This is an ad campaign with Wells Fargo sewn throughout but, I was wrong. For those on my Facebook, I have highli[…]
The perfect piece of art, a song, and a napkin #MondayMotivation #Music #theHumanElement

The perfect piece of art, a song, and a napkin #MondayMotivation #Music #theHumanElement

Over the weekend Nick and I stumbled upon Sugarboo & Co at Town Brookhaven. I entered the store and froze, gazing at a piece of art while a song (Spotify: Heartbeats; Jose Gonzalez ) hit my heart giving me a sense of calm. A minute... or two passed, unaware of the price I grabbed the art and gave it to the employee to purchase it. This store has incredible things, all unique, many intricate things that you cannot find anywhere else. This new addition to the house needed to be in the heart of[…]
Undercover Boss, Clergy and a Californian #HumanElement #TuesdayTakeaway

Undercover Boss, Clergy and a Californian #HumanElement #TuesdayTakeaway

My adventure to Europe with my sister is coming to an end, posting this from Delta 170, CDG-MSP. Heidi with Delta has been top notch, a great trip back to the US. Trump, that’s the Apprentice... am I the Undercover Boss… say what? Over the past week I had three interactions which made me reflect on my journey in life and give thought to pivotal moments that changed me. A quick search through my site, I found a post from July 2, 2011, Helping out a Stranger in the Armed Forces, Reflecting Back on[…]
The frail Dove takes flight and how we can live to Infinity #pause #4Gretchen #TuesdayTakeaway

The frail Dove takes flight and how we can live to Infinity #pause #4Gretchen #TuesdayTakeaway

What the hell do I write about? I wish I could yell at the top of my lungs, give out hugs, call my family, say I love you to everyone.  My heart has ached all day,how I feel tonight in my heart. On May 15th, I wrote about Jane Mitchell and her daughter Gretchen - Blog Post : An unsung hero, daughter battling cancer, will you dance? At 12:26 am Gretchen's soul took flight to the heavens above, leaving behind her husband, two baby girls, and her mother Jane. From the time it took me to write that […]
Need a Puzzle! 1000 Piece Jigsaw, Operation, Jenga, Rubix Cube?

Need a Puzzle! 1000 Piece Jigsaw, Operation, Jenga, Rubix Cube?

Walking the toy aisle doesn’t resemble my time as a kid, picking out the right puzzle. The electronic gaming ushered a different experience, engaging with others yet more solo. I have been giving thought to my life over the past month, being quiet in my posts and hopping off social media briefly. What does my life resemble most to me? 1000 Piece Puzzle - Immediately out of the box I am overwhelmed by the number of pieces. ,Similar colors in the photo, unsure where to begin. I can build the frame[…]
HURRY! Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Abraham Lincoln? #TuesdayTakeaway

HURRY! Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Abraham Lincoln? #TuesdayTakeaway

On Saturday, May 16th I was fortunate to tour the FAA tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through the New PDK Airport Association.  The tower has a 360 wrap around deck where you can see the entire airport and downtown. Photos | Exploring the tallest ATC Tower (ATL) in North America #avgeek Do you remember as a kid when you drew a Perspective? At a view of nearly 400 feet above the worlds busiest airport (2014 Passenger Volume),  the wind whispered the word Perspective in m[…]
Photos | Exploring the tallest ATC Tower (ATL) in North America #avgeek

Photos | Exploring the tallest ATC Tower (ATL) in North America #avgeek

On Saturday, May 16th I was fortunate to tour the ATC tower at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through the New PDK Airport Association. The finale after learning about the vast technology was the 360 wrap around deck where you can see the entire airport and downtown. Below are facts on the tower and some photos I captured. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest airport, features the third tallest ATC tower in the world and the tallest ATC tower in […]
If not me, then who, if not now, when? #MondayMotivation #MakeItHappen

If not me, then who, if not now, when? #MondayMotivation #MakeItHappen

I experienced unexpected challenges during my host provider change the last two weeks. The kinks worked out, the site now loads in 1/3rd the time. Now back to the good stuff... Happy Monday!  Can you believe that we are in June already? The many times I discounted my father's wisdom,  time flies quickly as we get older... He was right. For several months I sought out paths for a "creative" avenue, I pondered art classes to take, things to study but nothing resonated to my core. Thinking back to […]