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Monday, May 16, 2016

Short Term vs Long Term

I learned a great lesson, while I was away from home at college, from my father. Perhaps it was the best lesson during my college years.

Dad was a Division Director in the state Highway Department. In those days, if not still, the political party occupying the governor's mansion would subsidize the continuing campaigns du jour by requiring division directors to sell fish fry tickets to 100% of the employees in the division. Dad refused. He went so far as to say that he would fire any employee who asked him to sell a ticket to them. They could go elsewhere to buy a ticket.

For that act, Dad had the division taken away from him, and his desk was moved into the elevator lobby. He went to work, with no assignment, at the expense of the tax payer, so the hierarchy could pretend they had put his head on a pike.

I am gratified to report that he held his head high for three years in that situation. When a new regime came in, he ascended to a higher station.

Next Meeting May 20, 2016 -- The Pursuit of Happiness

We will be meeting for the last Spring meeting this Friday.  Same place same time.

Diana has recommended that we consider the topic, the pursuit of happiness.  I'm all in!  If you also find this a pleasing prospective topic,do a tiny bit of homework the prep for defining these terms and the whole expression.

This should be a fine session.  From what I have seen, we are all experts in the pursuit of happiness.

Best regards
Jim Carigan

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Next Meeting -- War and Peace?

Just a reminder.  Tomorrow May 6.  9:30am in Conference Room C on the 4th floor at the Central Branch of Lexington Public Library.

Last meeting Clint suggested we talk next about War and Peace.  If you have other ideas to suggest, we will decide together at the meeting.

Best regards
Jim Carigan