After several false starts I have come to the conclusion that… I cannot come to a conclusion. I am unable to synthesize my thoughts and unprepared to give advice given that the end of the twelfth month coincides with the mind-bending challenge of organizing our move from D.C.
I plan to meet with the health care policy and strategy team for Eliot Cutler’s Maine gubernatorial campaign later in June. I am working on a health care reform presentation for my neighbors in Stonington. And the national news is rife with new health care problems.
The Veterans Administration’s scandal makes government (to be honest, in this case it is the military) management of health care look worse than a circular firing squad. NYU’s Langone Medical Center is opening a men-only clinic, clearly a marketing ploy designed to exploit, yet again, the false prophet of “Life-Style” medicine.
And now, the famous neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, M.D., is rallying the conservative base against Obamacare as anti-doctor and anti-patient. You do not have to be a brain surgeon to see that he is offering no fixes, no facts and just criticism.
Packing up to move is like treading water while draining the pond
Add to that the messy problems of downsizing and dividing entailed by moving out of our house in D.C. and it makes one’s head explode. Debbie and I feel as if we are treading water while draining the pond with a bucket.
I will offer a better wrap-up in June after we wave Georgetown goodbye. And I guarantee a useful wrap-up after month 15 when I plan to be well on my way to my new career.
My debut as a public speaker
Below is a video of my recent six-minute Pecha Kucha talk in Stonington. Pecha Kucha presentations are fast-paced talks that tax your powers of coordination. The 20 slides advance automatically every 20 seconds. It’s hard to keep up. I have work to do when it comes to public speaking.
My talk is a visual replay of the past 12 months. Click here if you don’t see the video below.