If you don’t watch it the day is going to sneak up on you. — My grandmother’s warning for all kinds of things. We are two weeks into lent, two months into the year, and birthdays, weddings, and graduations are right around the corner. Growing up in Memphis I spent a lot of time at…

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. — Popular saying often used by football coaches and economic¬†prognosticators. Surprisingly it is attributed to Bert Lance, head of OMB under President Carter. I was surprised to see this quote attributed to Bert Lance, a man I met on several occasions and not the man the media made…

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We often think of our Lenten journey and discipline as internal. It is a work of self-improvement and a very personal path to God. That doesn’t have to be the case or one can incorporate quiet time in meditation and prayer with a mindfulness of one’s surroundings. I am reading Isaacson’s biography of Leonardo Da…

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I have had many assistants I’ve worked with over my life. Two in particular hold a special place in my heart. Debbie, who was my long-time assistant when I practiced law, and Cathy, who worked with me at the Department of Justice. After I moved to DC, I told Cathy I would need to take…

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In Barbara Demick’s book,¬†Nothing to Envy, she describes how in much of North Korea there is no electricity. When darkness occurs there is no reading, watching TV, or nighttime activities we take for granted. She tells the tale of a young girl and her boyfriend sneaking out every night under the protection of darkness to…

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