Hi. I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this blog more than ten years ago to send random thoughts on a few things I care about to friends, family, and others who may share the same passions. I began this as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over, I simply continued writing.
Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus, which is reflected in the new menu items and new look. Several years ago I began writing a Monday email to my staff about things that were on my mind, and this discipline led to a regular feature on the blog which you can find under “Monday Musings.” Professionally, I am a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. In this work, I combine deep industry knowledge in historic preservation with proven fundraising experience, national program conceptualization and delivery, effective public engagement, extensive governing board involvement, and forward-looking strategic planning. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.
Because my professional background and career is in historic preservation, I write about places that matter to me (although this section also includes the quirky “Observations From…” category, which can cover just about anything.) I also provide recommendations regarding books I’m reading and music I’m enjoying. There are also a significant number of topics covered under the “Random DJB Thoughts” menu item, including posts where I brag on my children, talk about baseball (Go Nats!), and reflect on the lives of people who have touched my life.
This personal blog covers a broad range of random topics, so other things have and will crop up. Please feel free to respond, but as a friend of mine says, if you want to disagree strongly, get your own blog!
I hope you enjoy.