Ramblings of Today

I have been thinking a lot of what to do with this site and my social media presence. I am very active on social media, last week I decided to take a break from Facebook. With the election and inauguration the negativity that is around is so over flowing it is just sad. I am sure it was that way eight years ago as well. I am also tired of seeing of the negative comments about overdoes. We are in the beginning of a massive health crisis with overdose I believe in my opinion. I am so saddened and worried about the current generation and the amount of lives that will be lost.

People need to have empathy. Stop being so negative and show empathy and love. I don’t believe in removing accountability, but I do believe in compassion.

This post is a rambling, just like my site says in the tag line. Ramblings of a Pittsburgh Dad. I am trying to decide how I want to proceed. I have a lot of activities in my life and I enjoy them. I love being a father and being there for my children. They are now teenagers, which is very stressful and trying. I want to be with them and be there to help them.

I am also very active in my work, I am a technologist and work primary at this time with Dynamics 365. This is challenging and I love challenges. I am very lucky to work for a great company and have some wonderful leaders. I say leaders, because they are more than “bosses”, they are leaders who are there to help and coach. I have seen this personally and am very grateful.

Why do I blog? I enjoy writing, I may not be the best writer and I do not debate them. But I enjoy it. I enjoy putting my thoughts on “paper” (really the screen). It helps me focus and reflect on events and thoughts. I have also been interested in video, ever since I was a teenager myself and it was very difficult at that time. Video has so much to offer and ways of engaging with people and sharing your thoughts.

I am trying to plan my 2017 as far as social media (Blogging, Video) and the platforms that are available to help bring engagement. I would like my children to be involved in some of it. I would like to share what I learn and also learn from them. I know I can learn from them, to thing that I can’t learn is foolish.

My next post will be on my intentions for 2017, a little late since we are now in February, but I want to do that.

Year In Review

Year In Review

 Year In Review

This year saw changes in my work life, I was contacted by a previous employer to come back as a principal engineer. The company and boss made this decision very easy, now that I am at a large international company some of my daily responsibilities have changed. But, all in all I am doing the same thing that I have been doing for that past 15+ years.

I have been very involved with the social media communities and especially Pittsburgh based communities. I have been honored to be a Carnegie Science Center Insider and I have been writing posts on PghDad.me about the Science Center with special insider access.

I have been working with WordPress this year a lot and diving more into blogging which help me create this site and also 2 additional sites now. I have more regularly blogged at PghDad.me, which is a site that I use for parenting/family and Pittsburgh. I blog about many different ideas and thoughts with PghDad.me but everything revolves around family and/or Pittsburgh.

The purpose of this site, Rainaldi.org, which I plan to become more active with this year is my technical site. Which is extension of what I do professionally, as a principal engineer and a tech geek I use all kinds of technologies both personally and professional. This site is a place to write and share my feelings about what I am doing and learning.

This year also saw the re-launch of our church’s web site at Stewart Avenue Lutheran, I have bee more involved with the church this year not only with the site but also with social media and Sunday School. By the grace of God I am here and blessed to have a wonderful family and life and I am honored to belong to such a wonderful church family as well.


A new site that will officially be launched January 1st 2013 is TalkWithDaddy.com, this is a project that my children and I are diving in to. Talk With Daddy is a web show that will revolve around talks and experiences with my children.


I wish each and everyone of you a happy and safe new year and look forward to a bright 2013.