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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Dear Hannah: I Love Your Mother!

By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)



Dear Hannah,

I love your mother (Keisha Michelle Lanier Brown).


You are both special and dear to me.

Your mother and I are friends, and we have learned to respect the power of a committed, loving marriage.

I want to share a few important moments with you from our life together before you were born ...

We met and fell in love ...

We got engaged ...



We got married ...



We wrote our own wedding vows.



Then we learned that you were coming!



Your first year flew by ...



... you discovered bubbles ...



... and started conquering the world.




Then we celebrated 5 years of marriage ...



... the same year you turned 3 ...


... and starred in our family photos ...

 
... and started to sing ...



... then you turned 4 ...
 

... and kept on starring in family photos ...



Love,

Daddy



 
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Sunday, December 29, 2013

The BIG Picture: Making Moves (2014)








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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Official Release: "The Messenger" (Instrumental EP)


"The Messenger" is a compilation of 90 BPM - 120 BPM instrumental loops (beats) suitable for use as movie / film / slideshow / documentary / commercial / PSA / lecture / spoken word / rapping soundtracks.

Check it out - we appreciate the support!


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The BIG Picture: Challenge Your Presumptions



 Challenge your presumptions. People who think with their eyes are easily fooled.




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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The BIG Picture: Handling Hidden Conflict (When Two-Party Mediation May Not Be An Option)




Mediation allows both parties to recognize that they may be diametrically opposed points on the same circle - and that preservation of the circle may be more important than their points.

In these days and times, though, formal two-party mediation is rarely sought voluntarily. It is often suggested (or mandated) by our courts or other authorities.

Present-day conflicts have become stickier and trickier, and usually do not result in the costly litigation that then makes mediation an attractive option. 

Rather, these conflicts are often hidden. They are maintained and intensified through the guileful (and galling) vehicles of dogma, innuendo, subversion, and marginalization.

How do you handle it when your ...

  1. Boss bullies via email?
  2. Neighbor / client / employee / co-worker is "strong in their wrong"?
  3. Board of directors needs directing?

I have 15 years of collective (and firsthand) experience (as a school and homeowner's association board member, school administrator, consultant, and registered mediator) handling the sticky and tricky. 

I have published more than 100 case studies based on those experiences.

None of these scenarios have perfect solutions, but their resolution includes a few powerful steps ...

  1. Accepting what you cannot control (the other party) - then controlling what you can (yourself).
  2. Gaining a mature understanding of the balance of power - according to the RICE model (Resources, Interests, Communication, Expertise).
  3. Analyzing your options, then synthesizing a plan.

Please reach out if you (or someone you know) needs our help!


Sincerely,

Derrick Brown (derrick.s.brown at att.net)
Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution #39788


Handling The Sticky & Tricky

1. Count (the costs); 2. Weigh (the options); 3. Pray (for transparency); 4. Say (your truth); 5. Pay (the price); 6. Stay (the course)


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Friday, December 6, 2013

The BIG Picture: Remembering Nelson Mandela



A living example of grace, forgiveness, healing, redemption, and courage. Thank you, Nelson Mandela.



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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The BIG Picture: The Art Of The Deal



Study twice, decide once: Cobb hastily welcomes Atlanta Braves, but may be leaving $$ on the table.



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The BIG Picture: Purpose vs. Ambition



To "be somebody" or to "help somebody" ... there is no question.




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Friday, November 22, 2013

The BIG Picture: Stay Ready



Stay ready, my friends.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The BIG Picture: Future Shock



Finishing school starts your education.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The BIG Picture: Easily Controlled



Think (for yourself). It ain't illegal (yet). (Thanks, George Clinton!)


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

The BIG Picture: Teacher Rules



Perspective. ‪#‎TeacherRules‬






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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The BIG Picture: Freedom Rules



Handling the icky sticky tricky .... #FreedomRules
 

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The BIG Picture: Freedom of Speech



Think twice, speak once.


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