Author: LindaLee

Midday Matinee – On Having a Cushion

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. I played bridge yesterday with my aunt, my cousin and my cousin’s wife. My cousin and I, early in one game doubled their bid (they were vulnerable) and set them three tricks for which we got 800 points above the line. In a rubber taking two games is worth 700 points and taking 2 of 3 is worth 500 points. Individual tricks are worth 20 or 30 each. A game is 100 points. You now know enough about bridge to understand the psychological impact of having that “cushion” on the way Greg and I bid and played for the rest of the afternoon. We play a friendly but competitive game of bridge. Several times, during later rounds of bidding Greg said, “What the heck. Go for it. We’ve got that cushion.” It didn’t make us reckless but it did give us a certain cockiness. My afternoon of bridge got me to thinking about how much fun it was to play with that cushion. It’s a lot like it being easier to look for a job if you have a job. It’s like not worrying overly much if you get a flat tire if you have a spare in the trunk (or AAA if you are really flush). It’s like...

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Midday Matinee – Grab a Shovel

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Sometimes it’s hard to explain the differences between Democrats and Republicans, especially to indifferent independents who think all politicians are the same. The Great Holiday Blizzard that stalled over the eastern seaboard this week has given us a perfect true story for making the point. Let’s just look at New Jersey’s Republican Governor, Chris Christie and his Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno. From Salon.com: So New Jersey’s tough-talking, take-no-prisoners governor is literally at Disney World while dozens of vehicles remain stranded on highways and some post offices are unable to deliver the mail. The worst part is that Christie left on Sunday, when the storm was on its way up the coast and his Lt. Gov. was already in Mexico. Christie’s already less popular in Jersey than his non-Jersey-residing admirers would have you believe, and this embarrassment certainly won’t help. Unfortunately for Chris Christie, snow doesn’t go away when you post a video of you yelling at it to YouTube. Nor can you fire it. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, meanwhile, has been going around town personally shoveling people’s cars out of snowdrifts. (And talking about it on Twitter, so that everyone knows he’s doing this.) From New Jersey Newsroom .com Acting Gov. Stephen M. Sweeney Tuesday directed Gov. Chris Christie’s...

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Midday Matinee – Birthday Clusters

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Today Crissie and I share a birthday. I also share this birthday with my younger sister and my oldest son. When I was 4 ½ years old my parents told me I would have a brother or a sister sometime after Christmas. My sister was “due” January 15th. Every night in my prayers I told God I wanted a sister on my birthday. You can imagine the dilemma this presented for my mother. I can remember her trying to tell me that it would be after Christmas but after my birthday. She said there would still be snow on the ground but the baby might be a boy and that my brother or sister would come after my birthday. Undeterred by my mother’s comments, every night I told God I wanted a sister on my birthday. I wasn’t asking God by the way, I was telling her. I was the only one who was not at all surprised when I got a sister on my birthday. I will admit to occasionally thinking that December 27th was not the best day to have a birthday. Way too close to Christmas. I wondered why my parents couldn’t have planned to have me in the summer. Then when I was pregnant with...

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Midday Matinee: Tis the Season

Tis the Season and it always raises questions about the man in the Red Suit, aka Santa Claus. What do parents who want to be honest with their children tell them when they start asking if Santa is real? My sons are now 31 and almost 34. When they were younger, I told them exactly what my mother told me. “Of course I believe in Santa. I believe in the spirit of giving to others. I think sharing is a good way to live. I hang my stocking because I like the idea that on Christmas morning I will be surprised by what I find in it and I almost always like surprises. If you believe in giving and sharing then you believe in the spirit of Santa Claus. If you like finding surprises in your stocking on Christmas morning, then we’ll hang your stocking up by the fireplace. On the other hand, if you don’t believe in this, then by all means don’t hang up your stocking. You can choose.” About the stockings. They are felt with hand sewn appliqués, sequins and beads. The first kit I bought, the sales person told me I could make one in an evening because they were just glued together. Ha. She had not read the instructions. It took me 40 hours. Then of course I couldn’t do less for the second...

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Morning Feature: Change, Part III: How much, how fast?

The one cent coin, which we commonly call the penny costs 1.7 cents to make.  Is this change we can believe in or is it a subsidy to zinc mining? Or are we just a foolish, sentimental people? But really, politically speaking, how much change can happen and how fast can it happen? Keep the penny in mind. (More) The traditional wisdom: The traditional wisdom about organizational change came from Bell Labs. They studied all sorts of small and large scale organizational/cultural change in the 60s and before. This was before the advent of computers and communication technology advances. This is when Bell Labs was one of the thought leaders in organizational development. They found two things to be true. 1. Most large social changes were conceived by individuals. The individuals found each other and became the core 5% of a movement. They went out and sold their idea(s) to others. If they achieved 20%, it was in essence a done deal. They studied women’s suffrage, prohibition and its repeal and other social changes.  The lesson, should this still hold true…get busy finding three more progressives to join every one of us and we’ll be almost home. Sometimes this phenomenon is referred to as the trim tab factor after that little part on the rudder of an ocean liner that allows it to turn. “Buckminster Fuller referred to the...

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