The question of the day. In fact, when you’re the compliance officer, the question of every day. At least that’s the way it use to be…

Today it seems to be my question of the day about death and dying. Yes, a specific death, that of a friend’s son, sparked this thought but it’s a thought that is much on my mind these days. These times we live in.

You’re right, the concentration and speed of news today emphasizes events out of proportion to their frequency and numbers. But that doesn’t shouldn’t lessen the grief we feel when a life is lost. And the cause doesn’t lessen the pain. Empathy doesn’t make it any less real, shocking, sad.

I am of the generation that can expect to soon deal with death. The passing of parents, aunts, and uncles. Even so, those are not without grief and pain. Regardless of how we console ourselves, each other, that their suffering has ended, the suffering passes to us. Those who have lost a parent out of time can tell you that the years don’t lessen the times we think, ‘What would dad, or mom, or uncle Carl, think about…’ and miss that portion of soul we lost.

So, today I mourn a son’s passing. Not one of my own but a friend’s. Not one I’d met or knew personally. But one more whose passing has caused a trembling within the force.

Maintaining healthy habits while working from home

Aimed at those who work from home it’s still good advice for those of us who wrestle regulations into policy and procedure. Just strike the last two words off the title, eh?

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Working from home is great, isn’t it?

You can roll out of bed, get to your desk and work in your pajamas or yoga pants without any stress or strain. Heck, you could even skip brushing your teeth, showering, or eating breakfast if you wanted.

And sleeping in? Well, without any commute or the need to get up and get ready for work, you’ve at least gained an hour every morning from the past daily commuter traffic drama, haven’t you?

Working from home is convenient. And for some, myself included, maybe too convenient at times.

It’s so easy to wake up and walk a few steps to the office chair — and sit… for hours, easily absorbed by our work and not being interrupted.


With no one to tell us how we look, it’s easy to even stop worrying about appearance. We can work longer hours when we work from…

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Weekend Edition – On “Real” Writers Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

Jamie has already said everything on the subject worth saying!!

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How to Tell If You’re a “Real” Writer

Even the Blue Fairy can't make you a real writer ~ Inspirational Illustration by Gustaf Tenggren Even the Blue Fairy can’t make you a real writer ~ Inspirational Illustration by Gustaf Tenggren

There has been a bit of a kerfuffle around the Internet for the past few weeks. Like drunken participants in a virtual bar brawl, the topics of MFAs and creative exclusion have careened from blog to blog, crashing into our headspace and spilling beer on our reading material. While I’m glad that people are talking about writing (even if they are being a little unruly about it), I’m discouraged that the conversation focuses so heavily on the idea of external validation – of whether or not (and how) someone else can say that you are (or are not) a “real” writer. And, for that matter, what’s with this term “Real” Writer?

This isn’t the first time we have been caught in the crossfire, but this particular…

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From the Government, here to help…

It’s a cliche that has become an oxymoron but is in fact a maxim of compliance. It’s an old lesson, it’s a hard lesson. I learned it long before I became a compliance officer.

One of my life careers, yes there’ve  been many, was with the U.S. Navy. The navy believes in inspections, exams, exercises, always testing. There’s a reason for that and it’s because it’s dangerous out there. Especially when there are only a little over a hundred of you racing around the world’s oceans submerged in a small metal tube.

Submarines really only have one mission in life and that’s to make sure the number of surfacings always equals the number of dives. Pretty quickly you learn that all this testing, examining, exercising – not physical although you may sweat the exercise – has one objective, your safety and your ability to fulfill that one mission of submarines. Voila, I’m here, I like examiners.

True, not all examiners are created equal. But you find that everywhere, in every profession, in all walks of life. Maybe I’ve just been unbelievably lucky, I certainly have been in love – different subject, because I’ve very, very, very seldom found that people who try to make your life a living hell last. They’re usually gone the next time I’m there and if they’re not the business won’t be there shortly there after. At least not with the same people running it.

So whenever an examiner, inspector, or someone similar shows up, announced or unannounced, we’re glad to see them. Whether it’s NCUA or the State elevator inspector, or the local fire marshal we’re ready and eager to learn. And apply – that’s one of the keys to having a good working relationship with your examiner and fodder for a future blog.

Remember, they’re your examiner and they’re the only examiner you’ve got.

Hello world!

You’re early! I’m still dressing but will be ready soon. I’ve already put on my disclosure, I’ll add a little bit about myself – you know, who, what, why, all that – and probably change my theme a couple of times along the way. Bear with me while I finish getting ready.