Linda Curry – Retired Software Executive, Gardener, Breast Cancer Survivor, Wife , Mother, Grandmother and Friend – Episode 13 Marion Vermazen Podcast

Linda Curry -  Retired Software Executive, Gardener,  Breast Cancer Survivor, Wife , Mother, Grandmother and Friend – Episode 13 Marion Vermazen Podcast

Creating this podcast has reminded me of what amazing and interesting friends I have. A few months ago I interviewed my friend Pat Black. Today's episode of the podcast is a conversation with my friend Linda Curry.

Here is a picture of Linda, Pat and I at my wedding.

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Linda and I have been friends for 35 years. Linda recently retired from a career as an executive in the high tech software industry. Most recently she was a Senior Manager for QuickBooks Quality Assurance at Intuit. Prior to working at Intuit Linda’s career included postions as VP of Engineering Services at WebGain, Director of Quality assurance at Remedy, Director of Database quality assurance at Borland, and Senior Manager of Mac System software at Apple. Last year she moved to Reno and lives right around the corner from me. She describes herself as Happily retired from the software world and enjoying relaxation with family, friends, books, gardening, remodeling and all the other things that we like to do in our free time. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and I am honored to call her my friend.

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To listen to the show you can click below. You can also subscribe to the show and listen to it in iTunes.

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Links

Renown Institute for Cancer

Army of Women

National Cancer institute

 

 

Lisa Louise Cooke – Creator and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast – Episode 12 – Marion Vermazen Podcast

Lisa Louise Cooke – Creator and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast – Episode 12 – Marion Vermazen Podcast

Lisa_Louise_Cooke_2009 This podcast is available in the iTunes store. It would help me a lot if
you would go to the store and write a review. To find the podcast just
search the store for Vermazen

You can listen to my interview with Lisa in iTunes or by clicking on the link below.

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Lisa Louise Cooke has been a genealogist since a very young age. She has a passion for genealogy. About three years ago she followed her passion into podcasting and started the Genealogy Gems Podcast. . Today that podcast is one of the most popular genealogy podcasts available. Lisa also does Genealogy training, speaks frequently at conferences nationwide, blogs, produces genealogy training videos, has written a book about genealogy and produces a podcast and writes for Family Tree Magazine.

Here are links to some of the things we discussed in our conversation.

Pat Black – We Talk About Tissue and Organ Donation, Family and Friendship – Episode 10 The Marion Vermazen Podcast

Pat Black -  We Talk About Tissue and Organ Donation, Family and Friendship – Episode 10 The Marion Vermazen Podcast

To listen to the show you can click below.

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When My friend Pat Black and I recently sat down to talk we discussed a wide ranging group of topics including her family's over 150 year history in California, her parents meeting in England during World War II, her work helping to promote organ and tissue donation and our more than 30 year friendship.

If you would like to know more about organ and tissue donation Pat recommended that you check out the Donate Life web site.

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Eric Richert – Knowledge Work Infrastructure Consultant, Former VP of Sun Microsystems iWork and Open Work Programs, Hiker, and Director for Kirkwood Meadow Public Utility District – Episode 9 Marion Vermazen Podcast

Eric Richert – Knowledge Work Infrastructure Consultant, Former VP of Sun Microsystems iWork and Open Work Programs, Hiker, and Director for Kirkwood Meadow Public Utility District – Episode 9 Marion Vermazen Podcast

One of the things that I did when I was working at Sun Microsystems was to help develop tools and systems to give Sun employees the best, most productive and effective work environment possible. The products that we developed included a work from home program, a flexible office program and change management and collaborations tools among other things. The program was called Open Work or iWork and I am very proud to have been a part of it.

My guest on the podcast today is Eric Richert who was my boss  during my last few years at Sun. Eric was Vice President, of Open Work Solutions at Sun.

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Eric also is an avid hiker and talks about his recent trip to the Dolomites in our conversation

To listen to the podcast run your mouse over the bar below. You will see a play button that you can click on.

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You can find the article by Horst Rittel  which talks about wicked and tame problems here.

There is also a Horst Rittle Melvin Webber article on the same subject here.

The Wikipedia article about Wicked problems is available here.

If you would like to know more about Sun's Open Work program the Sun web page about Open Work is here

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Goals for 2010

When I was working in the corporate world I followed the rule that goals needed to be specific, measurable and have dates associated with them. Now that I am working for myself my goals are much more general and vague and I am good with that! So this year I want to…..

  • Spend more time with friends and family – This is number one and is self explanatory.
  • Blog more – December is usually a bad blogging month for me. This past month I just put up 2 posts. I guess there was too much other stuff going on.  I posted 80 times in 2009. I think I can do better that that in 2010. I was recently invited to cross post at ThisisReno.com which is exciting and inspiring.
  • Hiking / snowshoeing more – I haven't been out hiking in several weeks or out snowshoeing either. I need to get going!

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  • Podcast more – I think I averaged about one podcast a month last year.  I also want to submit my podcast to iTunes this year.
  • Improve my Spanish – I've been studying Spanish with Duke's help for a while now.  If I work on it every day I will get better. I'm listening to Podcasts like Show Time Spanish, using Mango languages from the library website, working my way through a grammar text book, trying to read Spanish books and magazines, talking to Duke (he is fluent in Spanish), and anything else I can think of. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Family History – Keep digging into my family history. Start my family history blog, Contact distant relatives, Find primary sources.

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  • Travel – I'm planning a trip with friend to the area around St George, Utah. Duke and I plan to do more exploring on the back roads of Nevada, We'll make lots of shorter trips and for anything beyond that we shall see. The goal though is to travel frequently.
  • Read – I'll keep reading presidential biographies. The next one is John Tyler – The Accidental President. I think I'll keep a list of books read on this blog again this year. I kept a list for the first time last year and it is fun to look back and see what the 35 books were that I read last year.

And then there are the maybes. Things I think I might do next year.

  • I keep thinking I'd like to start a distributed History Book Club. In other words a group of us would get together via Skype or using something like Webex and discuss history and a book we have read. Right now this is just a germ of an idea but I'd be interested in any thoughts people might have about the idea.
  • Start playing the piano again – This will require me to get a piano.
  • Learn more about the geology of Nevada and the rocks I find when we are exploring. Nevada is a wonderful place to be a rock hound. Knowing nothing about geology Duke and I have still collected some great rocks in our exploring.

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  • Become a better Amateur Historian – maybe join the historical society, go to the historical places I am studying about, write about what I am learning. Do some history podcast interviews.
  • Write more about history. My friend Beverley Bryant tells her grandson stories form History. I like the idea.
  • Seize opportunities to do new and interesting things.