It has been a nice change the past few days.  I spent time in Coeur d’Alene for several days of business meetings.  Those meetings dealt with the PIA/NAPL Unification and the results were positive.  Although the Unification is not a slam-dunk at this time, the key issues of unifying 24 organizations (PIA, NAPL, and the 22 independent affiliated organizations which comprise the PIA federation) are clearly stated and we move forward.

At the end of the meetings, the spouse and I spent several days with family in Helena Montana, an area of former gold and silver mines and unbelievable beauty.  Although temps were in the low 90s it beat the low 100s of North Texas.  In travelling around Helena, the state capitol of Montana, it got me thinking of the resilience of Americans.  Here is an area of the country where its main business (mining) played out but its residents found ways to continue and thrive.  Hooray for us!

An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before. An American is a person who does things because they haven’t been done before. (Mark Twain)


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