Life is meant to be shared and enjoyed

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We have a new addition to our 4441 BV front entry.

From the National Geographic website, here’s the background story:

Japan Sunset paints the sacred Meoto Iwa (“wedded rocks”) in pastel hues. Bound by heavy rice-straw ropes, the two stacks off the coast of Futami—Izanagi (left) and Izanami—symbolize the Shinto deities said to have created Japan. (Photo: Davide Lena)

See the original here.

unnamedVíctor Hernández received The 2015 David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction from the Southwest Review for his short story, “The Many Deaths of Zaragoza Matjeel,” which was published in Vol. 100, No 4, issued in the winter of 2015.

In addition to publication of the story in the Southwest Review, The David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction includes a cash award, which is supported by Morton H. Meyerson and Marlene Nathan Meyerson in memory of their late son.

Víctor Hernández, who was born and grew up in Torreón, Mexico, is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 2012, during his first year at UT, Victor received the Prize in Ethics for an essay he submitted to The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He was also the winner of the James F. Parker Prize for Fiction in 2013.

Morton invited Victor Hernandez to come to Dallas for a meeting with him in early 2016. Following their discussions of Victor’s plans for the future and the generalities of the meaning of life, Victor wrote the following essay about the experience. The essay follows in both English and Spanish. To read click here.

It is worth noting that Victor was so gracious and oblique in his request for support, that Morton was surprised by the title of the essay.  The two have since settled on friendship as the ultimate support.

We recently paired up with a great non-profit organization, VNA (Visiting Nurses Association), that helps our elderly neighbors maintain their independence by providing services that allow them to age where they are happiest and most comfortable – at home. Among the many programs offered, we had the opportunity to take part in the Meals on Wheels program in Dallas County.

Through this well-known program – Meals on Wheels – VNA delivers nutritious and freshly prepared hot meals to over 4,000 Dallas County residents. It was truly a humbling experience, to say the least, and we’re very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of something special.

To bring comfort and happiness to our aging neighbors click here to get involved.

Our values at 2M shape who we are individually and as a company. The Science of Character video explores the neuro and social sciences that make up who we are and who we want to be.

The website LET IT RiPPLE provides films and tools that help us understand our strengths and develop practices to create the best version of ourselves. Check out the video and explore the website and see how your own character traits align with ours at 2M.

Congratulations to our very own Steve Curtis, who was recently selected from a global pool of applicants to be a Kauffman Fellow!

The Kauffman Fellowship is a highly sought-after two-year program dedicated exclusively to the world of innovation investing. While working full-time at an investment organization (including venture, angel, accelerators, policy, corporate, and impact), Fellows receive a structured curriculum with an individual development plan, executive coaching, facilitated mentoring, and peer learning and networking – all with a focus on giving back and on one’s responsibility as an emerging leader in the industry.

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There must be something in the water today… Happy St. Patrick’s Day from 2M ☺

2015-03-17 Gone Green

The fruits of being a part of the 2M family are many. One beauty that I was recently exposed to and found beneficial, easy, and fun is a process called Tiny Habits. This involves selecting bite-sized habits that are practiced for 5-days. The habits cannot take more than 30 seconds or require significant effort. The process is designed to make it easier for you to create meaningful habits and behavioral changes that have a broader impact.

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Today our office took a field trip to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center to learn the inside story of the center directly from Morton (along with a fantastic lecture by Laurie Shulman).  It reminded me a little of the field trips I took in my grade school days, when we traveled in a typical yellow-orange school bus – small child-size seats and all.  It was a fun start to a unique day.

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Here amongst our team we abide by an email manifesto to keep communication on point. This article by Maria Popova is helpful for better understanding how we can make email more civil and digital communication kinder.

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The team takes a day to look at the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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