In Trouble

April 26, 2012By dennisbrookeUncategorized

From my desk I had a clear view of the guard station in the atrium entrance to our office building. One morning a delivery man caught my eye–a delivery man with a bouquet of a dozen red roses in a white vase. Although deliveries like this were a common sight on Valentine’s Day, it was unusual … Read More

Large Pepperoni, but Hold the Nukes

April 17, 2012By dennisbrookeUncategorized

Think about the oddest “wrong number” phone call you’ve received. I remember picking up a voice mail left by  a panicked homeowner—who was looking for a plumber. I guess the “Dennis & Laurie can’t come to the phone…,” didn’t make it clear we weren’t the local Roto Rooter. I hope they didn’t drown trying to … Read More

The Great April Fools’ Caper

March 29, 2012By dennisbrookeUncategorized

Too many people wait for leadership from the top when it is often in their own grasp. I’d like to share a story about when desperately needed leadership came from the middle. I was working for a startup that was suffering from a layoff hangover from “right sizing” many months prior. As one of my … Read More

The St. Patrick’s Day Brewery Tragedy

March 17, 2012By dennisbrookeJust for Fun, Tall Tales

Excessive celebration on St. Patrick’s day all too often leads to tragedy. Our family has a legend about a horrible one involving my grandfather, Dick Cavanaugh. As a young lad he worked after school in a small brewery in a little town in the shadows of Mount Rainier, sweeping and running errands. Imagine this scene one … Read More

The Struggling Writer

February 21, 2012By dennisbrookeJust for Fun, The Writing Journey

Stephen King at Starbucks* Would you like to be in a book club that had guests such as Stephen King, Dave Barry, and J.A. Jance? The club at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle has managed to land these popular authors among many others. As a long time partner at the office my wife has managed to … Read More

Everyday is Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2012By dennisbrookeBuilding the Best Relationships, Doing the Right Thing, Just for Fun, Travels of The Road Warrior, Wooing Your Wife

Ten months after Laurie and I started dating we had our first Valentine’s Day together. We were both freshman at the University of Washington and commuted together to the campus. During a break between classes she presented me with a card to celebrate the occasion. Like a typical clueless college boy, I had neglected to … Read More

The Unexpected Gift

January 24, 2012By dennisbrookeDoing the Right Thing

What do you get a blind woman for Christmas when you’re on a tight budget? In one case a little creativity on the part of a friend resulted in a unique, and very touching, gift. My mother-in-law lost her sight to macular degeneration over a  decade ago and we often struggle to find appropriate gifts … Read More