Eulogy for Darlene Grunder

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I’m Daryl Hatton – Darlene’s eldest child. I’d like to share with you some stories of my mom and what I’ve learned from her. Darlene Marie Shorten, was born New Year’s Eve, 1937. In thinking about how she lived her life – this seems like the perfect day! Being very unselfish, she generously shared her special day with the rest of the world and, in response, the world threw the biggest party you can imagine, on that night, EVERY YEAR. There were even fireworks! But the underlying point is that, to her, it was never about her birthday, or for …

After the death of my mother

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My mother Darlene died yesterday morning. It was quick and probably painless. She got up out of bed and collapsed – likely from an aneurysm in her brain. She was 80.   I’ve been sitting here tonight feeling wonderful with all the love pouring in from friends through Facebook and over the phone. But I’m still puzzled and amazed by the differences in the way I see what has happened compared with the responses from most everyone else. My heart is not breaking. I’m not feeling a tremendous loss. I’m not going through some of the extreme pain that others …

My siren

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Cute. Sweet. Gingham dress. Innocent. You chased me ‘round the store. “Need help finding anything?” First thought? Your number! A dinner date? I look at figs. And at granola. Why was I in a health food store??? You smiled. I melted. Took a risk. “Dinner?” Yes?!?! Gulp. 7? Wow. Fear. Knocked on your door. Heard “Wait!” Nervous. Locked. Click. Open. Confusion! Slip dress. Heels. Hair down. Lipstick. Sexy. Confident. Glowing. I’m lost. And smitten. Drive to English Bay. Fine dining. You look at me like I am a god. I stutter. I brag. I try to be cool. You flirt. …

What if?

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What if Donald Trump is just playing the American public for his own gain? Update: August 16, 2016  Michael Moore posts on why he thinks #WhatsHisName is trying to lose. http://michaelmoore.com/TrumpSabotage/ This isn’t an original thought. I’ve recently read some blog posts that talk about parts of it. But I believe it a powerful enough concept and something deserving of further thought and investigation that it was worth sharing in my own words. What do we know about him? He is incredibly narcissistic. He knows the power of media. Massive media coverage (positive or negative) is good for his “brand”. He has no soul. …

In memory of Michael Joss

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This is what I said today at the Celebration of Life of Michael Joss. My name is Daryl Hatton. I met Michael through Judy Bishop. Judy was working with my company as a strategic advisor. For a little while in 2010 she went kind of quiet. When we caught up again it was obvious from the sparkle in her eye and the spring in her step that something exciting was happening in her life. She explained she’d reconnected with Michael and this was a “good thing”. I first met Michael in person at a technology industry event he attended with …

Good riddance 2014! And yet…

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There is no doubt that 2014 was a very challenging year for me and my family.  I encountered many situations that would be considered “difficult” all on their own and almost overwhelming when they occurred all at once. Here is a partial list: We lost my step-dad We lost a good friend and neighbor My step-sister had breast cancer My father had open heart surgery and a quad bypass My mother started to experience some serious health challenges I had a heart attack and complicated quad bypass surgery. My startup business was challenged by my need for time off to recover at a time when …