Thanks for reading Tom Ralston’s Journal.
My name is Rick Minogue, and I started journaling when I was 17 (which was a long time ago). Tom Ralston’s Journal is my website, where I publish selected journal entries.
The entries assume you know certain things. Since I’d rather write journal entries than explain them, my apologies in advance that they do not begin with introductions. However, if you like context, here’s a quick timeline:
- 1975 – My brother and I started a painting and home improvement company. He’s 16 months younger than me and over next 30 + years, the business grew into a sizable enterprise with a good reputation. Two other brothers eventually joined it.
- 1983 – My wife Francine and I moved into the Farmhouse. Our two children arrived while we were living there. The Farmhouse shows up often in my journal
- 1987 – We moved from the Farmhouse to a residence nearby, but I retained the Farmhouse for our business offices
- 1992 – I started journaling electronically on a Gateway 386 using Professional Write, an early WP program
- 1993 – My brothers and I rebuilt a small cabin on family-owned property in Pennsylvania. The cabin shows up often in my journal, too.
- 1997 – Our family moved a second time, but I continued to use the Farmhouse as our business office
- 2003 – My brother and business partner left our company and I became the sole shareholder after a stock buyout
- 2007 – I put the company up for sale, employing a local, boutique M&A advisor and broker
- 2007 – I started using a digital camera
- 2008 – The sale of the business concluded, and I finished up. It was a good run, but after 30+ years, I was ready to initiate a life change
- 2008 – The new owner of the business moved the offices, and at the end of the year, I relinquished the Farmhouse
- 2009 – Francine and I moved from Maryland to Colorado
- 2017 – I started Tom Ralston’s Journal as my blog site
The journal entries posted here begin at their earliest, around 1992, when I left pen and paper behind.
Sometimes, a journal entry predates my digital photos, but a photo from a later date might be inserted into the post if it meaningfully illustrates the text that predates it. All the photos are mine. Eventually, I’ll probably post some photos of the farmhouse, the cabin, and other images.
All the words and all journal entries are mine. Some names, dates, and particular events might be modified to protect others’ privacy.
I’ve written and played a lot of music over the years. There are future pages that anticipate futures posts, sharing some of the recordings.
Finally, there is no one in my life named Tom Ralston. It’s a name I invented to give me one degree of separation from all this intimacy. To the real Tom Ralstons out there (and there must be some of you), my apologies if this site gets attributed to you.
Many thanks to the amazing people at Denver Data Web. They are gracious, creative, unfailingly patient, and absolutely wonderful to work with. They’ve helped translate my ideas, as well as their own for this space, into reality. THANK YOU, Team DDW!!!
Last thing – if you like the entries, please share a link with others.
Thanks, and happy reading,