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Yesterday, Hil and I accompanied my mom, sister (Carmen) and her husband (Art) to her son’s (Kyle) graduation from Stanford Law School with a Juris Doctorate.  Congrats, Kyle!!  We are all VERY proud of you.

Kyle in procession

Kyle in procession at Stanford Graduation

Carm, Kyle & Art at Stanford Graduation

Carm, Kyle & Art at Stanford Graduation

Kyle's JD Diploma

Kyle’s JD Diploma

Kyle with his proud Mom

Kyle with his proud Mom

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2014 Economic Trinity
2013 At Both Ends
2012 Holding Allowance
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Economist know that, contrary to the popular impression, slaves do not work hard.  A slave civilization is slow moving and easygoing; we still have traces of one in the American South.  Take away a man’s rights in himself, and, he becomes dull and sluggish, wily and evasive, a master of the arts of avoiding responsibility and expending little energy.  The whip is no answer to this universal human reaction.  There is no answer to it.  The lash stings a slave who has halted dumbly, out of indifference and inertia, into resuming the slothful pace of his fellow slaves.  It can do no more.  The slave’s life is a dog’s life, degraded, but not wearying, and  —  for a broken spirit  —  not unpleasant.  The generation of Jews that Moses led into the desert collapsed into despair and panic over and over in moments of crisis.  Broken by slavery, they could not shake free of improvidence, cowardice, and idol-worship.  All the men who had been slaves in Egypt had to die in the desert, and a new generation had to take up their arms and their religion, before the Jews could cross the Jordan.
   —  Herman Wouk
From his book:  “This Is My God
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On This Day In:
2015 Centered
2014 Economic Trinity
2013 At Both Ends
2012 Holding Allowance
2011 The Power Of Good

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