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Archive for August, 2009

An open letter to Swine Flu

August 4th, 2009

Welcome back, Swine Flu!  It has been a while. 




I have to honestly say that I am not happy to see you again. You caused quite a stir last time. When we last met, you were introduced as a formidable foe.  Everyone was talking about you.  Everyone was worried.  The nightly news continually featured statistics and a map of your impact. Read more…

Inside Out

Lurking beneath the surface part 1 – divisions

August 4th, 2009

AH!  It could not have been more perfect.  Without a doubt that was the best cappuccino that I have ever had.  The texture, the taste, the aroma, it was all optimal.  Little did I know that floating in a cavalier manner on my dream drink was a gnat.  So much for perfection!




So often, we are absorbed by the rightness of a moment only to find some flaw that totally alters our perceptions of wellbeing.  It is true that we corrections professionals are trained to look beyond what we see with the naked eye.  Still, we are human and we can be fooled.


Are things always as they seem?  The appearance of superficial surprises can suggest  horrifying dangers.  There often is something lurking beneath the surface. Read more…

Assessing the organization

Dear Reader: In re bibliography

August 2nd, 2009

Dear Reader:


The following is not directly related to corrections.  In fact, it has to do with the mechanics of Foundations.  There are some minor changes that I made and I did them with the Reader in  mind


What I did was trisect my lumbering bibliography.  What was once a huge, cumbersome document is now split into three:

2000-2004 Bibliography


2005-2008 Bibliography


2009-Present Bibliography.


I was thinking that the old bibliography, a document ten years in the making, was much more difficult to use than it had to be.  It was almost like an over-indulgent drum solo in some hard rock show.  Sure, the drummer is entertaining.  But we would more likely enjoy the artistry of said drummer in smaller, more digestible bites.


So please peruse the bibs.  Take advantage of the easier format. See what I have written over the years.  And if I have not said so recently, thanks so much for reading Foundations and other Joe Bouchard works.  I truly appreciate it.





Dear Reader