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Christopher T. Miller

Winter is here

The snow has finally come. My wife and I have been waiting for it. Our last several months of pandemic sequestering means that the house is cozy and lived in. Winter should be a whole lot of hygge around the homestead. The snow came in early this morning after a cold, rainy final November day. There's about six inches out there, and I'm pretty happy that we can work from home. My snowblower is probably not going to see the fresh powder until tomorrow. Today, it's all about staying in and enjoying the isolation.

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Christopher T. Miller

Straight Outta Brunstucky

My sophomore year of high school was eye-opening. It was the year I joined the men's choir. It was the year I met Jason, Eric, Tim, and Bill. It was the year I started playing D&D. This was the year I started reading Tom Robbins and Kurt Vonnegut. It was the year I learned how music questions and changes the world. I came out of St. Ambrose after eighth grade liking the music that my parents liked. Billy Joel, John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Rogers, Simon & Garfunkel. All pretty mellow, and let's be honest, pretty white…

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Christopher T. Miller

Good morning, friends...

It's been a while, I know. Cat and I have been hunkered in our bunker during the pandemic, making calls out to civilization for Amazon packages, take out food, and the occasional Zoom call for gaming with friends. This weekend is our fourth wedding anniversary, and we're making an effort to detach from the usual foxhole mentality and spend time together without worrying about the election, work, or COVID. Cat has been making art. She maintains that small projects with fixed scope help her feelings of depression and stress from ... well ... *gestures at 2020* all this. She's smarter…

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Christopher T. Miller

Tuesday (But Really a Monday)

Good morning everyone. Had a delightful four-day weekend and now I'm rested and refreshed for the week. While I cannot say that I am excited to get back to work, it will be good to talk to my staff, who I care about and respect. They are wonderful to work with and I am a lucky man. This weekend was a useful meditation on why hobbies are essential and how satisfying doing projects around the house can be. I brewed a batch of beer (English Mild) on Sunday. I'd forgotten how nice it can be to have a project…

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Christopher T. Miller

Transparency and Trust

In yesterday's post, I made a comment about transparency being the opposite of trust. A good friend asked for me to expand on that. And here we are. In my experience, trust is about a belief in the reliability of of someone or something. That someone is going to do what they say, or that they will act in a way that is consistent with what you know of them. And generally, this means that you believe this in absence of any evidence at that time. That is, you've seen the pattern and you believe the person will adhere…

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