Meetings from Hell

Listening to NPR news item on Meetings from Hell. NPR And So we meet, again: Why The Workday is So Filled with Meetings. Parkingsons Law – meetings use the time allotted.

I’ve been in meetings from hell. I find it’s important to have an agenda and time allotted for each item to be discussed. It’s also important for each participant to know what they want to accomplish in the meeting and have time allocated within the meeting for the discussion.

Meetings are being used to defer responsibility. Very few people know how to run a good meeting.

I like Roberts Rules of Order. It’s certainly structured, but can be very useful when running a meeting with a large group of participants.

On a recent job, I participated on a webex meetings with colleagues. One of my colleagues tried to browbeat the other colleague into increasing the scope of the deliverable he was working on. This made the meeting run over more then 15 minutes. I excused myself as I had to take another call.
Can we please be considerate of each other and manage meetings so that they end on time and accomplish what the agenda says they must. Also – if a person isn’t needed, please make them optional in the invite.

Thank you,

Adam Selene

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Enjoyed hearing Fr. William Nicholas

Today I attended a talk by Fr. William Nicholas at St. Rose of Lima  on the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Being Catholic myself I found him engaging, educated, and thought provoking.  Just want I wanted to hear.  Unfortunately the talk was only in English. St. Rose of Lima’s community has many people of Hispanic origin and, not all speak English.

I just listened to another talk that he recorded for the November 2012 Elections.   It’s helpful to me to reinforce my association in the community of the Catholic Church which has done so much for our nation.

I look forward to hearing him again, God willing.

Adam Selene  Nov 2014

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Golden Rule

Letter to the Editor and all Americans

Our Public Servants and legislators seem to be mostly interested in enriching themselves and being reelected. They make poor laws that cause people to be charged with crimes even when the people had no intent to break a law.

I suggest we should remind them of the Golden Rule, and remind them that the laws they make may apply to their grandchildren. Everyone who has been and will be are grandchildren. We should make law and enforce law as we would want it applied to our grandchildren.

The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code or morality that essentially states: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

If they consider their grandchildren when making and enforcing law, we may be hopeful that they make and enforce better law.

I am hopeful that all citizens will remind their public servants of this.

Peter Grace  November 2014



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How and What I learned (part 1)

I am the oldest of five.   I grew up in the town of Milton, Massachusetts with my Mother, Father and 4 siblings. Of course we also had a dog.

My next youngest brother and I were close when we were very young.  I recall that we were playing in the ‘playroom’ when my Parents brought my newest sibling home.  We asked if she could play with us 😉

I also recall when my youngest sibling arrived home. I came home from school and went upstairs and said hello to my newest sibling.  He later grew up to become a Navy Seal and served in the First Gulf War.  Returning from the war, he became a pharmacist, got married and came down with ALS and went from diagnosis to death in 9 months.

My Mother also grew up in Milton.   My Mother was a teacher before marrying my Father.  I recall that during my youth, my Mother was my  Den Leader. When I became a Boy Scout, my Father, his friends, and other townsmen became our Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters.

My Maternal Grandparents also lived in Milton,  My Grandfather was known as Mr. Democrat.  He promoted Al Smith for President for the 1928 Presidential Election.  I introduced him in the post “Character is not Partisan”.   One thing I learned about him is that during the Great Depression,  he would hand out overcoats to men that called at his back door for a handout.  If you know the weather in New England, you may know what a lifesaver this can be.  Our saying about New England climate, is “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”.

I have been chatting with some folks and have even parrotted what they have said about “Our kids can name all the movie stars, but can’t name the supreme court justices”.   Well, when I was a kid, I couldn’t either.   I could name “William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols,  DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Grace Lee Whitney; Groucho, Chico, Harpo , Zeppo and Karl Marx, as well as Friedrich Engels, Joseph Stalin, and  Leon Trotsky “;-)  And of course, Plato, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Buddha, Confucius, Saint Francis of Assisi,  William Shakespeare, Jesus of Nazareth, John the Baptist, Moses, Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, Sir Issac Newton, John Lennon,  Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and  Elvis Presley.  I was in love with Angela Cartwright.

For me and my contemporaries, it was a time of wonder. I really saw man walk on the moon.  

It was also a time of terror. The Cold War was stressful for all people alive during those times. For children like myself, it was terrifying.  It reminds me that “War is not healthy for children and other living things.”  I expected to either be vaporized or die in Viet Nam.  I recall when we got out of Viet Nam, that my family and I went on our knees and thanked God.  We then watched on the ‘Boob Tube’ when Saigon fell.

I recall when I had a copy of Mad Magazine with a pin-up of an American Flag with the stripes made up of Pejoratives for our fellow Americans.  My father became irate.  I knew my father had served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict, but learned later that he served with Chappie James.  No wonder he was angry with me.

God Bless America.

Adam Selene  Oct 2014

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Youth is not a crime

Having been a youth some decades ago, I can say with authority that I would likely be a convicted felon if I had been caught doing the things I was involved as a youth, if not for Scouting and the MIT Highschool Studies program.

Most of us, particularly males, had similar experiences.

It’s well known that the human brain doesn’t fully develop till mid 20’s.  Unless our legislators are not human, they had similar experiences.

We should encourage our legislators to recognize this, and not treat most youth miscreants as criminals. We would want them to learn and grow and turn into the future citizens of character in our country, if possible.

God Bless America

Peter   October 2014

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Human expansion

If you know your old testament, you know that God gave us three commands. 1) Name everything 2) Be fruitful and multiple, 3) Don’t eat of the tree.

We are doing very well on 1&2 but failed 3. Two out of three, not bad 😉  Thank you JPLNASA and all scientists everywhere and everywhen.  What we should be doing now is furthering our expansion into the universe. Our world here, Terra, may be at risk.

Besides global warming, there are additional risks we may not have any control over. These risks include:

Yellowstone Caldera. If this caldera explodes it is likely to produce a new ice age which will kill off a significant portion of life on this planet.

Major strike from the oort cloud and beyond. A large object traveling at +/- 20km m/s is something that killed off the dinosaurs. Such an event could do the same to us.

Gamma ray burst. An astronomical event which if occurred in our galactic neighborhood could kill most if not all life on our planet.

The risks run from remote to near certainty. We just don’t know when.

We need to start now to spread out into the universe to both learn and disseminate knowledge and to reduce the risk of a major catastrophe for our species.

Remind your politicians to focus on things that are important. Honor their oath of office and get down to business fixing the damage they have done and building for the future.

Let freedom ring.  God Bless America.

Adam Selene October 2014

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Mental illness and shame

A serious issue in our nation is the stigma of mental illness.

Statistically,  mental illness will affect many of us sometime in our lives. There are now effective therapies for many of these illnesses. However, many who suffer from possible mental illness forgo getting treatment as they know that they will subsequently be discriminated against in work, or life by insurers or by political functionaries.

Our politicians make laws that take away the rights of anyone who has ever been treated for mental illness when most people suffering from mental illness are not a threat to anyone and are in fact more likely to be victimized by violent crime.

It is time to educate our lawmakers and fix the law and society. Our lawmakers should think of their grandchildren who may be subject to the laws they make and the society they create.

Adam Selene October 2014

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