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And For a Friday

Yesterday was our office Christmas breakfast. We had some great “fixins” and then several went shopping. Good times!

Each year, to start out the breakfast, I get up and say a few words. At the same time it gives me an opportunity to think about where we are and where we were. Ultimately, I am always excited to see where we are going! It’s always a reminder that our future is based on what we do today!

OK, that’s enough serious on a Friday! Here’s what I really wanted for the blog today. A couple of pic o’s (from Amy M):

 

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And a here’s the start of some of our holiday decorations in our Richmond reception area:

 

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Yes Yes to Donuts!

It’s a Friday and it’s National Donut Day. I cannot imagine anything else that I should possibly blog about today!

In 1938, the first Friday of every June was set aside to honor the men and women of the Salvation Army who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

It all started because a young military doctor named Morgan Pett stopped to pick up 8 dozen donuts for the wounded soldiers on his base. That grew into an event that incorporated  Salvation Army volunteers, who gave donuts in multiple wars out of designated donut huts.

DonutdayUSA.com is a website that is dedicated to the event. This website also attributes the day as connected to food historian John T. Edge.

Donuts to boost the morale of the soldiers. For me, just hearing the word donut boosts my morale!

And here’s a couple of pic o’s that include Governor Chris Christie and a lesson on friendship.

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Constant Holiday Wishes

I keep getting emails in my in-box that wish me happy holidays or Merry Christmas. It makes me wonder if they really mean it because it is usually followed by how I can save 20% on a shirt, or how I can buy one sweater… and get three free. Do I really need four sweaters right now?

Those emails just don’t feel real. Plus, it feels like the email is replacing the good old-fashioned Christmas card. Just sayin’.

Anyway, I thought I would do a holiday blog with something that makes me smile:

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And then a good old-fashioned “Angry Cat” pic o’ day finish. This sure beats a sale on ties!

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And Then Reindeer Cats

Yesterday we emailed our December newsletter. It’s an opportunity to talk about the staff and include a favorite recipe. Admittedly, it doesn’t have much legal stuff.

I hope that you already received it in your email in-box. Just in case you didn’t, you can get it here and subscribe for it here.

And finally, to wrap up the blog for a weekend, here’s a couple “Reindeer Cats”.

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Getting Ready for the 4th!

What did one flag say to the other flag? It didn’t… it just waved.

Why did the British soldiers wear red coats? So they could hide in the tomatoes.

What is Uncle Sam’s favorite snack? Yep… Fire-crackers.

Ok, I will stop the July 4th bad humor. Here’s some usefulness from a National Kidney foundation email . It’s titled 7 of the Best and Worst Condiments for Health. Something to think about for your hot dogs and hamburgers. A tease to tempt you to read it. Which is better for you… Ketchup or Mustard? Is Hummus really good for you or is it a hidden “weight gainer”?

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th.the 4th

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Administrative Professionals’ Day at Firm

     Today the Firm is recognizing the staff in observance of Administrative Professionals’ Day. That means that the staff all goes to lunch and then has the rest of the day off. Yes…everyone seems to be in a good mood. Half days are more fun!

     When I researched the creation of the day, I noted that it has gone through some name changes.  Initially, it was formed “to call attention through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career.”  It started as Secretaries Week in 1952. As of 2000, it formally became Administrative Professionals Day in recognition of more than 4.1 million Administrative Assistants in the United States.

     For us, it gives me an opportunity say thank you to the staff, and let them know how much they mean to all of us. I hope that they have a great day…Thank you for what you do.

      For pic o’ day, this just makes me laugh:

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Presidents Day or Presidents’ Day

I saw a commercial with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln break dancing. Then, the commercial announced their annual Presidents Day Sale. Coincidentally, I saw historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talking about the recent Lincoln movie. In the interview, she described Lincoln as walking very stiffly. Without reading specifically on Lincoln’s dance moves, it gave me a sense that Kearns Goodwin would take exception to Lincoln brake dancing at the White House.

That drove me to do some quick research on Presidents Day. Little did I know that what I knew… I didn’t know. Yes, it was that clear to me. I had to read the Wikipedia description for Presidents Day more than once, and I am still a bit confused. So, let me try to clarify my own confusion.

I now know that there is no Presidents Day federal holiday. Probably best to leave that image of Lincoln doing the robot dance, somewhere in the recesses of our mind. Here’s a quick summary of what I learned. You may already know the exciting ending of this story.

If you check with the US Office of Personnel Management, it lists “Washington’s Birthday” as the name of the holiday that is Federally celebrated on every third Monday of February. In February 2001, Representative Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) did introduce a “Washington-Lincoln Recognition Act”, but it died in committee.

Washington’s birthday has been a federal holiday since 1885. For more than 80 years it was celebrated on his birthday of February 22. For certainty including the certainty of having a Monday off, I guess that led to moving it to the third Monday in February.

Because Presidents Day is not the official name of the Federal holiday, it is commonly spelled as “Presidents” or “Presidents'” but never “President’s” Day. Approximately 12 states have now officially recognized this holiday as “Presidents’ Day” or “Washington and Lincoln Day”. In Virginia, it is formally recognized by the government as George Washington Day.

This holiday is known for car sales, mattress discounts and sometimes even parades. It’s nice that we think of Washington and Lincoln, who stood head and shoulders above others; literally above others, since they both were more than six-feet tall.

It also makes us think about what made these men great. Washington was not convinced that he was the right man as President. He wrote, “My movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution”. Maybe, if our current politicians looked at their jobs to get things done, instead of the excitement of reelection; than maybe we all would have a better feeling about the city of Washington.

I am still trying to understand the inconsistency of Presidents Day. Still, I am hoping that someone does announce that Washington did not chop down the cherry tree as a kid.The cherry tree story of honesty, honestly happened. Right? . . Plus, I really do like cherry pies. This holiday also gives me a good excuse for some good fixin’s and a reason to remember great men of our country’s history. Happy Washington’s birthday and Presidents Day.

For pic o’ day, more on learning:

A Valentine Idea Search

     For the blog, I wanted to come up with something original for Valentine’s Day. Then, my goal became finding something meaningful.  I really did research. The more research that I did; the more I read without an idea. It’s hard to search for “stuff” when you are trying to find the perfect thought.

     Finally, I gave up; which meant that I then came up with something. Kinda like, if you stop thinking about something you will then remember it.  So, here’s what I found.  Some good relationship reminders: 

     ‘Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech that you will ever regret”. One more from “Relationship Quotes to Live By”.  “”The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest”.

     I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

King’s Hope to Reality

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream ” speech on August 28, 1963. In it, he dreamed that children “would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character”. That “little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls.

We stop now on every third Monday of January, to recognize and mark the birthday of Dr King, who devoted his life to racial equality. He did so while facing tremendous hatred and accusations. In fact, it was a fight to have this federal holiday recognized. It was not officially observed in all 50 states until 2000, despite being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

This blog is not an attempt to summarize history or discuss the events leading up to the signing of the law. Instead, I stop for this Monday blog to say that I am glad that as Americans, we at least do not bear the shame of bathrooms or waiting rooms with signs in front of them that say “colored only”. We don’t have restaurants where patrons threaten black Americans for sitting at a Greensboro lunch counter to order food.

Dr King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. Now, we can see the result of his dream to end legalized segregation and we see progress in the lines that divided this country. On this Monday, we can embrace equality and opportunity.

For pic o’ day, how about some simple conversation among friends:

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