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The Tenth Anniversary Issue

I started The D&O Diary with my first blog post on May 10, 2006. Ten years later, I am about to celebrate the blog’s tenth anniversary. It has been a great ten years for me, and to celebrate the milestone, I have posted this special tenth anniversary issue. Following a brief reflection below on ten years … Continue Reading

Book Review: “Dissent and the Supreme Court”

After Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent death, one aspect of the deceased Justice’s long record on the Supreme Court that occasioned significant commentary was the extent to which he often dissented from the Court’s majority, sometimes employing sharp and even provocative language. While Scalia was a more frequent dissenter than many of his fellow justices, at … Continue Reading

Two German Cities in Winter

The D&O Diary is on assignment in Germany this week, with the first stop for a meeting and a short visit in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg – “Free,” as a free Imperial city under the Holy Roman Empire, and “Hanseatic” for the Hanseatic League, the Northern European trading confederation in the late … Continue Reading

The Game of Names

Long-time readers know that I am a huge fan of European soccer. When I have the time, there is just about nothing else that I would rather do than watch a match in one of the top leagues. Part of the reason I enjoy it so much is that the games just flow. The clock … Continue Reading

PLUS International Conference in Dallas

The D&O Diary was on assignment last week at the annual PLUS International Conference at the Hilton Anatole Hotel (pictured left) in Dallas, Texas. As always, the PLUS Conference involved a busy mix of meetings and receptions, and was highlighted by a surprisingly entertaining keynote address by former President George W. Bush.… Continue Reading

Season’s End Serenade

There are those who prefer to live in warmer climates, where the cold winds of winter never blow. During the last two exceptionally  frigid winters back home in Ohio, I certainly daydreamed about what it might be like to live in a place without ice and snow. But while I can see the appeal of … Continue Reading

The Great War: A Book List

Last August, in conjunction with the centennial of the start of World War I, I re-read Barbara Tuchman’s classic account of the war’s first days, The Guns of August. Tuchman is a great writer and she tells the story of the war’s first weeks well. One thing she captures particularly well is the way that … Continue Reading

The Phones are Alive (With the Sound of Music)

By now most of you, like me, have had Apple Music downloaded on your iPhone, with the latest iOS update. Pretty presumptuous of Apple to just stick it on our phones, don’t you think? Personally I would have preferred to have been asked first. Turns out, Apple not only wants us to buy its phones, … Continue Reading

Of Time and Summer (A Reprise)

In recognition of the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., and in what is now something of an annual tradition, I am reprising here my 2012 essay about Time and Summer, which can be found here. Have a great Fourth of July holiday. Thank you to all of my loyal readers.… Continue Reading

Winter Poems for the PLUS D&O Symposium

Like many of this site’s regular readers, I am at the PLUS D&O Symposium this week. Because the activities at the Symposium have disrupted my normal opportunities to blog, I thought I would fill the gap with some poetry.   These two winter poems come to us from Lucy Griffiths, Age 9, of Arlington, Virginia. Lucy … Continue Reading

Notes from the PLUS International Conference in Las Vegas

This past week the annual PLUS International Conference took place at the sprawling Caesar’s Palace complex in Las Vegas. Given the mass of confusing pathways and corridors and vast distances between the various event venues at the hotel, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to hear that a few conference attendees are still wandering around … Continue Reading

Three Astonishing Things

Here at The D&O Diary we read everything so you don’t have to. It was in this spirit that we read the article on page C-3 of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that in the print version was entitled “Congo Opening Its Doors to Agribusiness” (here) and that contained the single most astonishing sentence I have … Continue Reading

The Last of the Mug Shots?

The long-running and ever-popular D&O Diary mug shot show may just about have reached the end. I have only three remaining unpublished mug shots, which I have been holding onto for a while in the hope that perhaps some other readers might send in the pictures. But I don’t want these pictures to get stale, … Continue Reading

A Q&A with the D&O Diary

Due to personal circumstances, I will not be adding new posts for the next few days.To hold things over until I return, I thought I would post a link to the Q&A I did with Tom Fox on his FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog last week. The Q&A covers a lot of ground, from my childhood, … Continue Reading