MLK on the Hole in Your Soul

by Bill Brenner January 19, 2015 Inspiration

This being the day we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I thought it appropriate to share 10 favorite quotes from the man. He didn’t just lead the way on Civil Rights. He led the way on addressing that hole in the soul that caused people to be full of racism and rage to begin with. It’s that same hole that turns many of us into addicts and bullies. May…  [Read More]

2015: Five Goals

by Bill Brenner January 1, 2015 Inspiration

A lot of unpleasant stuff happened in 2014. I busted my back, slid back into the grip of old demons and spent the fall in a depressed fog. But a lot of beautiful things happened, too. I racked up many precious memories of time well spent with family and friends. My work continued to be full of satisfaction and reward. I expect much the same for 2015. But like everyone else, I have my New Year’s goals. Mood…  [Read More]

We Need More Roosevelts in Public Life

by Bill Brenner September 16, 2014 Inspiration

PBS launched a new Ken Burns series this week, this one on the Roosevelts. What I’ve seen so far reminds me of why I’ve always idolized this family. The documentary focuses on Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor — how they each overcame deep personal demons and rose to the top of American politics. In the process, they changed millions of lives for the better. I’ve written quite a bit about them over the years. The launch of Ken Burns’ latest…  [Read More]

Success vs. Failure: Not as Simple as This Image Suggests

by Bill Brenner April 9, 2014 Inspiration

LinkedIn and other social media sites are publishing a lot of articles and graphics lately about things successful people do and don’t do. There are many good points in all of them, and they at least give us things to strive for. This graphic in particular caught and held my attention: For the most part, I agree with this one. Before I started to bring my demons to heel, many of my traits fell into…  [Read More]

Cancer Can’t Stop the Almighty Cashdollar

by Bill Brenner February 19, 2014 Inspiration

A friend and colleague announced via Facebook and Twitter that he has thyroid cancer. Larry Cashdollar — an Akamai security researcher I like to call “The Almighty Cashdollar” — was tested a few weeks ago, and I know he’s been worried. Now, at least, he knows what he’s up against. Mood music: He wrote: I have thyroid #cancer. I’ve been waiting for the last week for my biopsy results and the doctor called today. —…  [Read More]

Paying It Forward

by Bill Brenner December 19, 2013 Inspiration

Lately I’ve been doing profiles on people who inspire me. Last week, it was Trey Ford. This week, it’s Microsoft senior security strategist Katie Moussouris. I’m doing so because they deserve the honors. But it’s all part of a bigger strategy. Mood music: As I’ve noted before, my emotions this time of year tend to tilt toward the negative, and I’m definitely feeling depressed and prickly lately. Though I’ve overcome a lot, I still get a huge shot…  [Read More]

Katie Moussouris: Profile in Fortitude

by Bill Brenner December 18, 2013 Inspiration

Friends in the information security community continue to inspire me. Last week, it was Trey Ford. This week, it’s Microsoft senior security strategist Katie Moussouris. Mood music: Katie has had a huge year at Microsoft and in the wider security industry. After a seemingly eternal push, she succeeded in getting a bug bounty program off the ground, ensuring that the software giant will find and patch many more security holes than it has before. She traveled the globe nonstop,…  [Read More]

Red Sox Player Jonny Gomes: Profile in Fortitude

by Bill Brenner October 30, 2013 Inspiration

I’ll be honest with all you rabid sports fans: I’m not much of a sports guy. While my peers were playing on various ball teams in high school, my recreation was listening to heavy metal, going to concerts and getting into trouble. In adulthood, I’m always happy when the Boston sports teams do well, but I don’t stay up late to watch games or banter with colleagues about sports. I still have an admiration for…  [Read More]

The Lady With The Lego Leg

by Bill Brenner July 2, 2013 Inspiration

I find this woman’s creativity share worthy.

Cancer’s Silver Lining

by Bill Brenner January 28, 2013 Inspiration

These days it’s sobering for me to think of all the cancer patients I know personally. I’ve written about my aunt and one of my hometown friends. I’ve known others, as well. I’ve never had cancer, but it’s become a source of anxiety in my life.  Mood music: [spotify:track:2ql32BJPN3hnyboml4JfER] Along with knowing many who battle it, I’m at a higher risk of developing colon cancer one of these days, thanks to nearly a lifetime of…  [Read More]