• 04 Oct 2008

    We shall never cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time
    T.S. Eliot

    I have been blessed to spend my entire adult life in the San Francisco bay area. Here I found my career, reveled in this area’s incredible natural wonders, built a family and became part of a community that developed and shared my worldview.

    In his book ‘The Clustering of America’ Michael J. Weiss explains Claritas ‘geodemographics’ which defines 40 distinct ‘clusters’. Among them, Furs & Station Wagons, Young Influentials, Bohemian Mix, and Shotguns & Pickups. For the San Francisco bay area the cluster would be Money & Brains. This area brought us an explosion of technology on a backdrop of tolerance and progressive thinking. The result was a community that attracted some of the greatest minds and creative spirits.

    Now here’s the rub. While we can produce some of the most stimulating conversation and sparkling banter, the conservatives among us often feel isolated and unheard.  Oh, and woe be to anyone who cannot present a clear and cogent argument, irrespective of their politics.  It turns out that our greatest shared value is thoughtful and articulate critique.    We were founded by engineers and scientists,  and if analysis is in our blood, critical thinking is our religion.

    Even those of us of faith shake our heads at Creationists and mock Abstinence Only programs.  If my goal is to venture from my comfort zone, it is imperative that I acknowledge my blindness to arguments that I determine to be indefensible.  My commitment is to stay present and to listen with openness.  And maybe, just maybe, I will come back to know it new.

    Posted by jm-admin @ 10:15 pm

6 Responses

  • Katie McDaughter Says:

    I don’t think this trip will change any of our outlook on abstinence only sex education programs. :P

    Vroom! Go get on your scooter (or shall we call it, your scootHER? bahahaha I’m clever).

  • Roderick Says:

    I hope you’re able to shed the Silcon Valley mindset if only temporarily, and live slowly and fully. My prayer yesterday was not for your safety on this journey, nor that you make a certain number of miles, nor even that you get an interview taped, but merely that it be poignant.

    That said, I hope you’re writing from the road, and not from home.

    Nice picture.

  • Bob McFriend Says:

    Here is to looking forward, not in the rear view mirror.

  • Marisa McBestFriendAlreadyMissingYou Says:

    As a friend who is already missing you tons and tons, I’m glad you’re off on an adventure that’s important to you. We all are looking forward to your safe return, but glad that things are off to such a great start. Best of luck avoiding the Si valley geeks for a while. Will be an interesting change for sure.

  • Katie McDaughter Says:

    I just want to comment on how everyone is stealing my name. Yeah.

    And how you should definitely have a new post up by now. Slacking? I think so.

  • Dianne McSister Says:

    Hey Katie,
    Come up with a good idea and it catches fire!! Wish someone would come up with one as good for Wall Street!