Medicaid – Please Lend Your Voice

helping handToday there is no personal story, no witty reference to any modern media.  I am asking for your help in determining the future of Medicaid. If you, or someone you know or love, is not currently affected by Medicaid it is almost certain that you will be at some point in your life.  Please see the below message, taken from an alert from NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.):
Continue reading

“To Stand in the Arena”

Parchment of the Constitution with a red background         July 4, 2017 marked the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 41 years ago I had the good fortune to celebrate the Bicentennial in Paris, France at an outdoor barbecue held outside the US Embassy. I was 15 at the time, and I remember just feeling pride in our nation that day. As I reflect on that memory I feel that same sense of pride I felt then.

There is no doubt this nation has challenges, and to be sure there are inequalities we as a nation must address, but without question we are blessed to live in this great land. Yet, with this good fortune comes a responsibility. We must always exemplify the values espoused by our founding fathers. Were they perfect? Clearly not, but the values they founded this country on remain a standard to which we must all aspire.

It is easy to criticize who our forefathers were and to emphasize what is wrong in this nation, but I echo Teddy Roosevelt when he said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

We must all be that man or woman in the arena who strives to do their best because this nation is a light to other nations. Few of us know that the United States leads the world in charitable giving, but it does, and it is because the people of this nation are at their core generous. Imperfect yes, but always striving to reach a lofty ideal.

It is not something we often talk about, but this striving is exemplified in the political debate that so often vexes us. It is in the little kindnesses people of this nation often extend to others, and it is in the everyday exercise of freedoms we have that many in the world do not. It is in the struggle to ensure equality and in the wrestle to determine what the legacy to our children will be, and it is in the messiness that is this republic.

I had the good fortune to meet an immigrant from Germany who in his youth had seen Nazism first hand; as we discussed his past he told me we in this country did not know what we had, and to be candid I felt some guilt as I realized I sometimes was not grateful for what I have.

So, be that man or woman in the arena. Vote. Write your representative; give of your time; protest injustice, and engage in a cause. Celebrate freedom. Together we can continue to hold high the lamp of freedom.

“Ride Away, Ride Away”

Cowboy silhouette (see others in my portfolio/lghtbox)  I cannot resist another classic film reference, and if you have not seen “The Searchers,” you need to. John Wayne stars in this 1956 John Ford classic which also features a cast of John Ford regulars. Better yet, the movie has a great theme song sung by the “Sons of the Pioneers:”

 

What makes a man to wander

What makes a man to roam?

What makes a man leave bed and board

And turn his back on home?

Ride away (Ride away), ride away (ride away), ride away   Continue reading

“Row well, and live”

Ben-Hur_

© 1959 Warner Bros.

I love this line from the movie, Ben-Hur, and in fact, I often quote it to my employees, but I am not really the terrible employer this line might make me out to be! However, sometimes, I consult with employers who often think their workers are their servants, and the employers seek to craft employment agreements which go beyond the mark. Employers often include provisions in their employment agreements that seek to prohibit employees from working in similar businesses or locations once they leave. Commonly known as “non-competes” or “non-competition agreements” these provisions often create issues between employers and their former workers.  Continue reading

Who’s On First?

USA Abbott and Costello postage stamp  If you are my age you remember this comedy routine performed by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as it made its way to late night television and TBS a number of times during the 1970’s. Additionally, a board game with the same name was also released around this time. First performed in 1938 this routine was based on a fictional baseball team in which the players were named Who, What, I don’t Know, Why, Because, Tomorrow, Today and I don’t Care. If you can and could follow the relationship of the players to one another throughout the skit you are better than me.  Continue reading

D-Day, The 6th of June

Monument Juno Beach Today marks the 73d anniversary of Operation Overlord which was the invasion of Normandy that helped lead to the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. The veterans we have left from this war are all in their nineties, with a few exceptions, and within another decade they will all be gone. What few know is the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, had some doubts as to whether the invasion would succeed. And while 73 years later this fear may seem unfounded, we must remember the Allies had suffered a significant defeat at Dieppe in which the Germans repulsed with heavy losses a raid against the French coast. Accordingly, General Eisenhower penned the following in the event the Allied landings failed:  Continue reading