The President, His Lawyer, His Lawyer’s Lawyer

Decomposing and Multi-taskingA number of years ago I had a business colleague making a presentation to a group of prospective associates in the business. The keynote of her presentation was ‘All distractions are equal.’ It resonated with the audience and me.

During the previous Presidential campaign season I made numerous posts here captured in the category of ‘States of the Unions’ because of my concern for the level of debate and wanting to remind myself of my college studies of Constitutional law and life-long subsequent interests in profiles and problems facing the American Presidents.

This article on one of the President’s ongoing personal problems is a fascinating account of yesterday’s hearing in Federal Court regarding one of the President’s battery of personal lawyers. I couldn’t help remembering that presentation about all distractions being equal and thinking yes but within the context this situation it might require the caveat, that some are more impactful than others. It is impossible for me to believe that these distractions of the President and his lack of surrounding leaders is unprecedented, that he should step aside, and the business of succession with all its attendant issues begun.

The New Yorker article by John Cassidy begins . . .

Michael Cohen 4.16.18When Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, walked into the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, in downtown Manhattan, just before 2 P.M. on Monday afternoon, the photographers who had been waiting outside the building appeared to clamber on top of one another to get a good shot. “My God, they are climbing the walls,” one of the court’s security guards commented as Clifford, conservatively dressed in a pink jacket and skirt, entered with her lawyer, the shaved-headed Michael Avenatti, who was taking a break from the semi-permanent residence he’s recently taken up on CNN and MSNBC. (Later in the day, he would be back in his usual environs.)
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The Ship – There is No Death

The Ship – There is No Death

I am standing on the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

The someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There! She’s gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes!”

And that is dying.

Author Unknown
Delivered by Dick Runyeon
Closing Comments – Marge Mills Memorial Service
Saturday, January 8, 2000 Nashville, Tennessee

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Easter Eve

Procession of SIlenceThe Procession of Silence (a special commemoration in Morelia, Mexico where I am currently residing and writing) originated in Spain and dates back to the 13th century. It was during the Baroque period, from the 17th to the 18th century that it reached its highest significance. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico they brought along among other things, many of their religious traditions. The procession takes place on good Friday. The Friday before Easter marks the crucifixion of Jesus. The procession highlights the suffering and heartbreak of the Virgin for the death of her son. Read more . . .

Jesus is alone in the tomb, his spirit in communion with God, bringing about the resurrection of his body for his next communications.

Disciples in Confusion and FearThe disciples retreat and hide in confusion and fear.

Jewish Leaders PlotThe Jewish leadership plots to disrupt this unwieldy new movement.

Blessing to each and all on this Easter Eve.

PS Many Christians in the United States observe Holy Saturday, which falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It commemorates the day when Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death, according to the Christian bible. It is also known as Easter Eve and is the last day of Lent.

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Valentine’s Day

Charlie BrownAll you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz

Happy Valentine’s Day

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How We See Things

illusion-and-truthSeth Godin’s post provides an important insight (pun intended) to understand why and how we see things. It is important because it influences our mindful and autoplay responses to life circumstances.

If you google autoplay you will see that I am using the word in a new context. Here is the Godin post in its entirety. See if you think it is as important as I do.

What do you see?
A better question might be, “what do you choose to see?”
If I take four professionals to the Whitney:
The architect sees the building, the sight lines, the way the people and the light flow.
The framer notices the craftsmanship and taste in the way the paintings are framed and hung.
The lighting designer can’t help but comment on the new LEDs.
And the art dealer sees the names of each artist and marvels over career arcs.
When you read a blog post, or see a successful project or read about an innovation, what do you see?
Do you see the emotions and the fear and the grit of the people behind it?
Do you see the strategy and high-level analysis that went into it?
Or do you see the execution and technique?
Some people are willingly blind to metaphor, viewing each example as a special case. Others manage to connect the dots and find what they need just about anywhere.
You might not need more exposure to the new. Instead, it might pay to re-see what’s already around you.

Segments and CategoriesWorkplace Hidden Opportunities is about bringing these divergent views of the workplace and corporate real estate into a platform where both their commonality and differences can be appreciated and celebrated. If you look at the categories of Ecosystem Participants in the right-hand navigation, you will get a glimpse at the variation of views.

Inherently, this makes your view not only important but vital to the whole.

Winter OlympicsThis infographic about the current Winter Olympics illustrates my filter and interest in information management. It would be fun and insightful (there is that word again) to us all if you would post you’re a comment with a link to an image you would like to share from the South Korea Olympics.

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Super Bowl LII – It’s a Wrap

All things considered, I’d rather be in Philadelphia. WC Fields

Super Bowl LII EaglesAn amazing game captured by the NY Times. One door closes and another opens. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat . . .


Super Bowl LII Stadium. . . in an artistic stadium that is worthy of continuing scrutiny in light of important infrastructure needs as highlighted by Seth Godin . . . 

WC Fields. . . while remembering WC Fields.

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Nashville Transit Plan

Nashville Transit Plan

Nashville has experienced unprecedented growth over the past several years. With that growth comes challenges, many of which can be categorized as infrastructure issues. Cities have been dealing with these issues since ancient times. With the global population explosion and all its repercussions, we would be well served to address this issue as the new normal and not some unanticipated event. Amazon’s inclusion of Nashville to its recent short list of twenty for HQ2 has heightened the focus and raised the bar for crafting solutions. Please click the images to enlarge.

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Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships are two of its global focal points. WHO recently announced nominees for the W100 2018. Included in this list are leaders experienced and focused on these particular issues of civic health and well-being.

The $5.2B Nashville Transit Plan has now moved into the broader public arena and is likely to become an increasing lightning rod for discussion and debate. If this search for positive alternatives achieves a higher standard of reach and inquiry, it can not only benefit Nashville but countless cities confronting the same challenges.

I reached out to Stan Curtis, a WHO colleague from Portland, OR, and asked if he and his cadre would weigh in. His key points included some pithy input.

Portland Lessons Learned is a good summary from Houston, Dallas, Louisville, and Rochester. Portland is thinking about widening freeways; other cities show that doesn’t work.

The Portland Plan is a good comparison with The Green Loop at its urban core. With the growth projected for Portland, the Green Loop can help us gracefully evolve into a world-class city — that attracts global attention and investments — while still preserving and accentuating the things that make Portland livable, unique and special. It’s a transformative investment in our low-carbon ethos and an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students, and visitors. The Green Loop is destined to become Portland’s version of New York’s High Line, Miami’s Underline, Chicago’s new 606 or the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Look for an announcement after Feb 6th when OPENcommons.org will go live with a major upgrade, endorsed by NIST Global Cities Challenge Team.

SmartCities vendors were featured at Consumer Electronic Show recently where USDOT Secretary Choi, a keynote speaker, shared that more governments were incubating public/private “share” economy (consumer-driven markets and jobs)!

Regarding Nashville’s plan density-matters! (Atlanta v. Barcelona). Carol Coletta, a native of Memphis and friend of Richard Florida, knows Nashville. Be sure the Mayor’s plan is for people, not cars!

You are invited to come visit us in Portland on Jun 21st when URBANsystems will host a global workshop on SmartCities w/Hong Kong and our EU partners. Try out our last mile choices.

Stan Curtis is a co-founder of OPENcommons & URBANsystems. A family story is featured in an HBO documentary, This intimate and poignant film about the impact of Oregon’s 1994 Death With Dignity Act, won the Grand Jury Prize in the U. S. Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
stan.curtis@urban.systems  503.708.1177

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