Wednesday, June 18, 2008

“I am endlessly intrigued by relationships, particularly by the gap between what people say and what they truly feel, and the gap between what they do and what they really want." From a New York Times interview with novelist and psychotherapist Amy Bloom, who was born today.

Former Colorado Education Commissioner William Moloney's columns have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer and the Baltimore Sun. He write today in the Rocky Mountain News about education reform in Colorado, and the foot dragging now taking place. I posted this comment online:

What is the solution? I'm going to read this column to my Optimist Club, make it the topic for discussion today (Wed, June 18). Join us, especially if you are a teacher, parent, or administrator with an idea about how Optimist Clubs, who's main focus is being of service to youth, could help with this problem.

Denver South Optimist Club, Perkin's, Colorado Blvd and Buchtel (just South of I25 & Colorado), Noon to 1:15 p.m. $15, includes lunch.

Read Moloney's column, then post your comment. What do you think can be done about getting schools back on track here in Colorado?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"(The essence of the economy lay) in the psychological relations between people and in the mental state of the individual... The spiritual community is an infinitely complex and sensitive organism... each individual industrialist or merchant who sets afloat his own little boat." Joseph Schumpeter, as quoted in Thomas K. McCraw's Prophet of Innovation--Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Distruction, p. 110.
Appointments missed, then
Messages ignored again,
Comes now at last truth.
Oprah's June 15, 2008 graduation address at Stanford. Main points: Trust your gut; learn from failures; choose service. Worth watching.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

On this day in 1215 King John signed the Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter, literally "Great Paper"), also called Magna Carta Libertatum (Great Charter of Freedoms), It explicitly protected certain rights of the King's subjects, whether free or fettered — most notably the writ of habeas corpus, allowing appeal against unlawful imprisonment.

Magna Carta was the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today. Magna Carta influenced the development of the common law and many constitutional documents, such as the United States Constitution.

NYT Primer for Young People Starting New Job, good reminders for us all.

Happy Father's Day Pop, where ever you are. I'm still working on the obit.