Let Us Give Thanks

24 November 2011

Nature's Labor Lost

Had a good lunch with my old friend Harold Rosen, Founder and CEO of the Grassroots Business Fund, and his able team who operate in the tricky “Impact Investing” Space. This means they make fairly large loans to social enterprises and businesses in Developing Countries. Harold took the bold step of leaving a secure job at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) several years ago to start up GBF, and just closed a deal with several investors to give him the capital he needs to expand his operation. I shared my experiences, summarized in my book, on how to take organizations to the “next level”. Good luck, Harold!

Meanwhile, back on the home front, I think Boise-Cascade has moved in next door, given the number of legacy oak trees that are being felled in the neighborhood. It seems that PEPCO, our energy company, has grown tired of repairing power lines felled during the numerous violent wind storms coursing through our heavily wooded community. Breaks my heart to see trees that were probably hatched from Civil War Era acorns fall to the chain saw, all because — are you listening, Rush? — we wont’ do anything about Global Warming. Trust me, we did not have these violent wind storms when I was a lad, growing up in Levittown, New York.

I know, I know, you think it’s all a Liberal hoax, Rush. Do me a favor: sit under an apple tree for a few hours in the fall and, after the 3rd or 4th Macintosh bounces off your fat head, repeat after me: “Gravity is real, Science is real….”

Contrary to my previous websayito, we do have things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving:

We are alive

Iran does not have the bomb (yet)

Newt is not President (yet)

So come on! Smile!

Rupert Scofield


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