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Happy Birthday, George Washington

“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”  George Washington Today is George Washington’s 284th birthday.  I am reminded of a book that I read in 2009 that was especially meaningful: “His Excellency: George Washington” by Joseph J. Ellis, which I… Read more Happy Birthday, George Washington

The Love of Lists

  I love lists.  Ah, the moment I check off a task with an exaggerated flourish, there is an immediate sense of accomplishment.  Efficient, effective and documented, checklists give significance to the small, seemingly trivial actions that fill up our days. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is an excellent illustration for the merits of using this tried and true technique. There is only one area of my life that I have difficulties with lists: books.   Here’s my problem. My reading lists are long – very, very long.  Every year,… Read more The Love of Lists