A couple of weeks ago Joe Rinehart shared some difficult news with us. You can read more on Joe's Blog.

What got me is how the community came together to help out a friend. I got choked up when Scott Stroz contacted a bunch of my "speaker buddies" to contribute our time to put together something for Dale Rinehart and help them get through this difficult time.

Joe is such a great guy and we've been conference buddies for a while, plus I adore his little family.

So I hope everyone goes and helps donate to this fund.

I have another story for you...

When we were at MAX, I told Joe he should be a keynote presenter at CFUnited! He was a little surprised but open to the idea. I contacted him about a week ago to chat and he said he had a good idea for the keynote. I was so excited when he explained that he'd do something about how people can get inspired to become better at their jobs by spending time away from their day-to-day work. He intends to interview members of the development community and tell their stories, showing how activity away from your everyday job can in fact *improve* your productivity and satisfaction with your work.

I think that's going to be an awesome a Keynote, Joe.