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Cover Indiana 2014 – The Whole Family

Update May 12th, 2014

Thanks again to all our supporters.  We raised over $1,400 dollars.  The ride was tough much of the day with a strong head wind, but we made it.  Jonathan encouraged us with animal spotting and songs.  A big thanks to my parents for providing SAG support.  It was great to have our own personal helpers in case we ran into trouble!


Last year Everette and Jonathan (our then five-year-old son) rode over 50 miles as part of the Cover Indiana Bike Tour for Habitat for Humanity. Raising money and awareness for the organization that builds homes for people without them.


This year Megan (mom) wasn’t content to just drive the SAG wagon.  She’s strapping on her helmet and joining the ride.

This year our goal is to raise $3000 for our local Lafayette Habitat Chapter.  Be a part of the fun, donate now! No. Really. Donate. We need your money.

Donate Here 

Then tune in Sunday May 11 and track our progress. Right Here on the website!

Track Us Live Here


See that! See that Map! We are going to ride our bikes all over that map! Go Team Mills!!

Cover Indiana Final Map



Cover Indiana Bike Tour 2013

JDM and Dad Bike Trip

Dad and Son in Training!

I have been involved with Lafayette Habitat for over 5 years now as a Board Member, IT Volunteer, and occasional builder.  It is a great organization that changes lives and has transformed neighborhoods in Lafayette!  Support us and Lafayette Habitat!!!

My 5 year old and I will be participating in the Cover Indiana Ride for the first leg between Lafayette and Crawfordsville on Sunday May 5th covering 51 Miles!!!

5/6/2013 Update

Start of the day

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Thanks to everyone who supported us.  We were able to hit our goal of $1000 and surpass it hitting $1234.  That is a little more than $23/mile.  Other than a tough head wind on the last part of the trip was great and JDM had an awesome time!  Good luck to all the riders going for the full 7 days have a safe and fun trip!  Above is a series of pictures from our trip and below is a picture of the route we took.

You can still Donate here
Cover Indiana Final Map

The True Cost of High School Dropouts

It never really crossed my mind that dropping out of High School was a possibility when I was going to school.  The reasons are varied,  but I had great parents that pushed education, a pretty good school system, and the social structure I grew up in.  What shocked me in reading this article was this statement:

Only 7 of 10 ninth graders today will get high school diplomas

In today’s economy the chance of a person without a high school degree of successfully supporting a family are likely to be low, but the discussion of the societal cost points to a low return on our investment when nothing is done.    Read the article and see what you think.

The True Cost of High School Dropouts.


Good questions about Success

Article that makes you think about what is really important in life and what is really success   If society sees you as a success, but you fail as a parent were you really successful?

Consciously or not, the Rangers are gambling that when Darvish lives far away from his two little boys, his belief that the games are important will triumph over how much he misses them.

Texas Rangers taking a chance by trying to sign Yu Darvish – Michael Rosenberg –


Daily Link of Interest

It has been a while since I posted to the blog.  I seem to gather a bunch of interesting things and then post them all at once.  However, I am going to try something new.  Till the end of October I am going to post a Daily Link of Interest (DLOI).

Look for the first one in just a few minutes!


How to learn from a diaster?

I was reading this article a couple days ago and it really made me start to think.  Many of the problems I face both in my professional life and personal life are technical in nature, but the root cause or more importantly the way to prevent them from happening  wasn’t technical in nature at all.

The focus was on building an organization that had characteristics like:

  • “Mutual respect, enjoyable work”
  • “Authentic, aligned, efficient action”
  • “Express authentic appreciation”
  • “Appropriately include others”

These sound like simple steps, but knowing people and organization these can be hard to change.

As a side note the person mentioned in the article setup a consulting company to help organizations change named 4-D Systems.