Huang Family Newsletter, August 2015

Asher is now four months old.  His charmed life includes sleeping through the night, smiling easily, eating a lot, and getting doted on by his parents and big siblings.
Amy returned from her three-month leave from her job.  We have a great nanny who takes care of Asher during the weekday and also brings her toddler daughter along for companionship.

Lee finished up the grad-level class he teaches every summer and spent a lot of time in Delaware during client work.  He also had an overnighter to Connecticut and is helping break in three new hires at work.
Aaron reveled in two weeks of drama camp at the local theater, while Jada was in her element with two more weeks of sleepaway camp. 



http://i2.wp.com/blog.beaumont.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/out_of_office.jpg?resize=284%2C190Because I teach during the months of May, June, and July, and the kids' school year starts so late, my vacation tends to be at the very end of the summer.  With the addition of a newborn and the growing geographic footprint of my consulting practice, this year has me at the precipice of my week off with very little left in the tank. For the next several days, you'll find my by the window of a train slicing through the heart of the country, with many books loaded on my phone and no intention of checking work email.  Here I go...


Now Hiring: Administrative Associate

Econsult SolutionsMy firm has an opening for Administrative Associate, which is an entry-level position that will touch just about every aspect of the inner workings of our firm, including accounting, HR, and IT.  As we grow, having good administrative support becomes paramount, so I am very excited about the existence of this position and about who we will get to bring on board.  Please go here and scroll down to the bottom.


Too Long for a Tweet, Too Short for a Blog Post XX

Here's an excerpt from a book I am reading now, "Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine," by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.  It is an extremely well-written account not only of an interesting man but also of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the city of Philadelphia in the mid-1800's.

"The ever-growing population of free blacks— who came to Philadelphia with the hope of making a life for themselves and their families— were a frequent target of that violence. Much of the anger came from Philadelphia’s large working-class and poor populations, who were easily enraged by what they saw as the unfair competition that free blacks presented in the labor market. It was ironic that the racism that emboldened employers to pay free blacks less money than their white counterparts for the same jobs was also the source of so much racist anger volleyed at them by the white workers, who felt they had been robbed by workers who were willing to be paid so much less."




http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/BN-JJ102_mcgurn_J_20150713155428.jpgMy friends are generally a peaceful lot, not given to violence or vitriol.  Except when it comes to moral hypocrisy.  Josh Duggar and Bill Cosby, for example, have been spared no sharp word or hurtful threat for purporting to represent the high ground while dragging themselves through all manner of despicable behavior. 

There is, I suppose, an appropriate level of disgust and perhaps even Schadenfreude when people fly high at others’ expense only to flame out so spectacularly.  But hypocrisy hits far closer to home for most of us.  You may know that the original meaning of this word was as a synonym for “actor.”  And which of us, for a variety of reasons and from a range of motives, does not “act out” big chunks of our lives?  What are our Facebook/Instagram/Twitter feeds but carefully curated tableaus of what how we want to be perceived by the outside world?  In a professional venue, what are our LinkedIn profiles or the saccharine personae we assume when we are out on a big sales call?

These are not deceitful or despicable behaviors on the order of drugging young women or cheating on our spouse, to be sure.  But they are a form of hypocrisy, nonetheless.  So what am I saying – that some hypocrisy is OK, or that we should be careful at pointing a judgmental finger?  I guess a little bit of both, as well as an appeal to appropriately express ourselves a little bit more authentically, to remember to celebrate those who are true to their real and messy selves, and to be thankful for relationships within which we are free to be our own true and messy selves.  Real, non-hypocritical behavior is rare and to be cherished, indeed. 


Recommended Reads, 21st in a Quarterly Series

http://www.poisonedpenpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/book_on_nightstand1.jpgStuff I've read lately that I'd recommend:

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Sandberg).  Challenged, in a good way, by what Sheryl Sandberg is saying.

One Summer: America, 1927 (Bryson).  Such an iconic year, such familiar names, and yet such fascinating stories.  

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Yousafzai).  When I grow up, I will still never be a tenth as brave or principled as Malala.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Gladwell).  Quintessentially Gladwellian in its entertainment value and "make you think" perspective.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Pinker).  Expansive, incisive, and thoroughly informative.

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (Cline).  Do our hallowed Bible stories hold up to professional archeologists' scrutiny?


What Am I Working On

https://bethmacy.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/20121213_113327.jpg?w=600&h=405 As has become my custom every three months, here's what I'm working on now at work. I won't repeat anything from last time that I happen to still be working on, and for confidentiality's sake I have to blur some of the details for some of these studies.

* What can a set of proposed development projects in a fast-growing neighborhood generate in tax increment financing

* Employment analyses in support of projects seeking EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program funds from US Citizenship and Immigration Services

* Economic impact study of a fast-growing research university on the East Coast

* Employment and tax revenue impact of proposed research laboratory space in an urban innovation corridor