helloIt all began over a bottle of wine. A bottle of wine from Portugal, to be precise. The wine was from the the Tejo region, named for its proximity to the Rio Tejo, the river that runs through the heart of the Iberian peninsula and on which sits Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city. As I pointed out to my wife, the Rio Tejo is known to English-speaking people as Tagus River, a language-based distinction that has always struck me as odd.
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lincolnThere have been few darker hours in our country’s history than March 4, 1861, the date of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address. Seven states had already seceded from the Union and armed conflict loomed. While denouncing secession as anarchy, Lincoln’s address was largely a call for reconciliation. Desperately hoping to avoid the coming conflict, Lincoln ended the speech with an eloquent and impassioned plea:
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As most of you undoubtedly are aware, the Republican Party held its National Convention last week in Cleveland, Ohio, The D&O Diary’s home town. In light of this special event right in our own backyard, we deputized a special events reporter to attend and report back for the benefit of this blog’s readers. Our special events reporter’s account follows below. Our reporter, Rob LaCroix, a May 2016 graduate of Middlebury College, will be attending Stanford Law School in the Fall. I should add that the Convention took place in Cleveland at a particularly good time in the life of the city. We just brought home the NBA championship a few weeks ago, and the Indians are in first place in the American League Central Division. The fact that the Convention went smoothly and without incident (at least outside of the convention hall) is a point of great pride for the city. Here is our special reporter’s account.
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openingbeachshot-300x225In recognition of the Independence Day holiday in the U.S., and in what has become 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.

money changes everythingRegular readers know that from time to time I publish my reviews of books that I have recently read. I also publish guest posts from time to time as well. In variance that combines these two practices, today I am posting a guest book review, by fellow Clevelander, attorney, and writer Mark Gamin. In this guest post, Gamin reviews the recent book by Yale School of Management Professor William N. Goetzmann entitled Money Changes Everything: How Finances Made Civilization Possible. I would like to thank Mark for his willingness to publish his guest post on this site. I welcome guest post submissions on topics of interest to this site’s readers. Please contact me directly if you would like to submit a guest post. Here is Mark’s guest post.
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2016-04-17 12.44.40aAs I hope readers know, The D&O Diary is celebrating its tenth anniversary this week. Because I want everyone to be able to join the celebration, the anniversary activities include a special offer. As along as supplies last, any reader who wants a commemorative edition D&O Diary Tenth Anniversary Frisbee can have one, for free. Free, as in no charges. Nada, rien, zilch.

There is, however, one little catch.
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tenblueI 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 of blogging, I have posted three lists: a list of frequently asked questions; a list of my top ten favorite noninsurance-related posts; and a list of my top ten favorite travel post pictures. In addition, to allow everyone to be a part of the celebration– and even more importantly, to ensure that everyone reads this post all the way to the end– I have also included a special Tenth Anniversary offer to readers.
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gehry bio coverDuring a March 2015 trip to Paris, I visited the city’s newest art museum, the Fondation Louis Vuitton (pictured below), which had opened the preceding November. The museum is located in the Bois de Boulogne, and is housed in a dramatic building designed by the famed American architect, Frank Gehry. The glass, wood and stone structure is built in the shape of sailboat sails inflated by the wind.

The building itself is a challenge for the art inside. The building is so massive and its style so flamboyant that the art inside is almost overwhelmed. The overall effect is that the art feels almost insignificant and ephemeral. At the time of my visit, this effect seemed discordant to me. On further reflection, however, I have decided that this effect is a tribute to the building’s power – the building itself is a work of art, one arguably more fully realized that the art objects it contains.
Continue Reading Book Review: Building Art – The Life and Work of Frank Gehry