Consulting, Publishing, Engineering

Ireland 2016

I just spent two weeks in Ireland with my family, and it was a blast!  We flew into Dublin, spent a few days there, and then rented a car and drove south through Wexford, around the bottom of the country through Cobh and Cork (and Blarney!), then worked our way up the western coast through Kerry, Clare, and Sligo all the way up to the northern part of Donegal, then completed the circle with a few days in Belfast before returning to Dublin and then home. We had adventures (and pints) every single day!

Map of Ireland showing the areas we visited (Dublin, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Donegal, and Belfast)

Top Tips for Writing a Trip Report

AHH, that was a great conference (or symposium or site visit)!  Obviously you’ll want to submit your trip expenses for reimbursement right away, but I suggest that you also write and submit a trip report, even if your boss doesn’t require one. A good trip report does more than simply list the things you did,… Continue Reading

STC Summit 2016

I went to Anaheim for a week or so to attend the 63rd annual conference for the Society for Technical Communication.  Anaheim was a bit overwhelming to me – there were huge roads with dozens of lanes and thousands of cars and the Disney omnipresence.  But everything was beautiful and sunny, and (as always for… Continue Reading

Big D 2015

I’ve often said this event is the best value in our industry, and this year was no exception. And apparently it’s no secret anymore either – there were over 1,000 attendees. From a personal point of view, I was delighted to give my updated talk “Digging Deep: Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt“.  I think it… Continue Reading

Tribute to a full-speed life

My Mom, Mary Margaret Megley Phalon Ondrick, passed away peacefully in her sleep early in the morning on June 3rd, 2015, just a few days shy of her 77th birthday . She was a bright, fun-loving spirit with a ready smile who taught me and my sisters about sharing, about independence, and about resilience. Mom’s… Continue Reading


Once again, we had a booth at the IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium, this time around in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, we were showing off the website, this time with new, responsive design.  As you can see, we had laptops and iPads and phones for demos, and we even gave away an iPad mini.… Continue Reading

A visit with my Mom

Here are a few pictures I took while visiting my Mom  recently.  I was in the Boston area for a conference up in Lowell, so I took a couple of extra days just to check in. Some of you may know my Mom’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and is struggling with memory issues more… Continue Reading