Welcome!. I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this blog in 2008 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 updated menu items and look. Several years ago I began writing a Monday email to my staff about things that were on my mind. This discipline continued after I semi-retired and 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. Throughout my career, I have been passionate about connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities. You can learn more about my professional consulting work through my Bearden Brown LLC website.
Because my professional background and career is in historic preservation, I write about places that matter to me and heritage travel. I also provide recommendations regarding books I’m reading and music I’m enjoying. I also have sections for family items, where I brag on my children, and baseball (Go Nats!). When I retired from full-time work after a forty-year career, I took a gap year and added a section on “what’s next” to think about the future. There are also a significant number of topics covered under the “Random DJB Thoughts” menu item, including posts where I reflect on the lives of people who have touched my life. The quirky “Observations From…” category began as short notes from the road, but in reality can cover just about anything.
This personal blog covers a broad range of random topics, so other things have and will crop up. Like my father I am a Southern progressive (increasingly so as I age) so be forewarned that those political perspectives will appear especially in more recent posts. 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.