Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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Today the cold weather felt like a February day in May. I drove to a court hearing in Sulphur Springs, about 70 minutes away. The freeway medians were filled with wildflowers. I saw mostly evening primrose. Sulphur Springs is the headquarters of Hopkins County. Its stone courthouse in the town square is really lovely.

I was scheduled to fly out late tonight on another business trip. My client called and graciously let me avoid the trip. I went instead to Garland Bar Association. A young attorney was the speaker who worked for CASA. CASA is a group that provides volunteers to serve as non-professional evaluators to help protect kids caught up in the child protective services system. Her description of the good these volunteers do impressed me. I hate that our system is not good at protecting those kids who, due to feckless, abusive, ill or addicted parents, are caught up in the under-funded over-taxed foster care system.

Today one of my on-line chess games took a dramatic turn in my favor. Now I have a clearly won endgame. I suppose I could still blunder, but it would be unlikely. Yet my opponent plays on.
Once upon a time,I might have thought this an insult--an attempt to hope that my inexpertise would make me unable to close out a simple win. Now I realize it's just a good learning experience for all for my opponent to play on and make me beat him.

I am eager to have another hard-working day tomorrow, and to then luxuriate in the weekend.
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