This is my coffee pot. It's called a moka and it's the standard pot Italians use to make coffee at home each day. As a good Italian, this is the first thing I do each morning. Put my pot on the stove, and patiently wait for the gentle rumble that signals the coffee is ready.
I then sit down at my desk and start writing. I love coffee and writing
early in the morning. It's dark outside. Everything is still and quiet.
The world is at peace. I know it won't last long, so I savor every moment of
But, enough of these cheezy-wheezy feelings. Time to do the daily chores and start working.
My first jobs were designing brochures, flyers, and logos. I used to specify fonts and work with Pantone colors. The smell of a newly printed brochure still evokes memories of crisp paper and fresh ink at the print shop.
But the internet could not be ignored, so I quickly turned to designing websites. Website design lead to coding, and pretty soon I was putting together complex websites and web applications with large database backends and responsive front ends.
I live in a small town in Pennsylvania, with my wife Mary and my daughter Estelle. Not much going on around here, but it's quiet and not too cold in winter. When I am not sitting at my desk I like to go for a walk by the creek, and watch deer, herons and groundhogs that go about their own business.
I also like to cook and bake. I bake fresh bread each week, and make pies, cakes and cookies that I share with my neighbors.
I don't take all the work that comes my way. Actually, I am pretty careful on which projects I take on. Time is limited, and I want to do excellent work that I am proud of.
I want my clients to be successful and achieve a substantial return from their investment in the project. If, after an initial consultation, I believe that I cannot provide a good and profitable solution, I don't accept the work.