Author Archives: mph


Some Notes on How to Listen to People

Last year I was asked to put down some thoughts about how to have an active listening practice as a manager or leader. It was a little frustrating because a few people interacted with it […]


The Mid-Life Longboard Purchase and Use Lifecycle: A Selection of Advice

Some notes about buying a longboard, written for people who just want to learn how to cruise around safely and comfortably, and have not developed a particular interest in one discipline or another, whether that’s downhill, dancing, or freeride.



The filter-heavy apps of the mobile photography age let people who aren’t photographers imbue their pictures with a sense of meaning they couldn’t before. I think that’s okay.


Tools for Playing with Fujifilm Film Presets

A few plugins and Fujifilm’s own RAW Studio software make it easier to reproduce in-camera JPEGs in Lightroom, or learn how the different film simulations and tone settings interact.


Journals Against Stories

Journaling has created a book-ending joy to go with the joy of those moments where I catch myself making up a story in my head and manage to stop doing it.


“That didn’t happen!”

How do you catch yourself when you’re about to talk yourself into believing a story is real?


Some Notes on My Fujifilm Lens Collection

I promised an email to a friend about my Fujifilm X-mount lenses, but figured I might as well blog about them and include a few samples. Prior to buying an X-T2, I usually had a […]


Supporting an Open Door Culture by Listening

The thing I’m most proud of as a manager came not from “taking charge” and leading, but from deciding the best use of my authority was to assert my right to be guided by others who hadn’t been given that authority. 


Please be considerate of my neighbors

So, here’s a scenario to try on: You’ve just woken up in your tent down on the Springwater Trail. You climbed into a sleeping bag the night before. The temperature was headed down to the […]


Thinking About Priorities

Prioritization is job one for a manager. This is a tool to build an ongoing practice of thinking about what’s important and how what you’re actually doing lines up with that.