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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Friday, May 22, 2015

An Odd Meeting


                                                         An Odd Meeting

I recently attended a meeting where I got the impression that roughly 90% of the

people did not understand the point of the meeting.  There was one item on the

agenda for discussion.  I could see that the decision we made about that item would

directly affect the long-term identity and purpose of the group. 

It seemed to me that people were discussing the item as if a simple yea or nay would

settle the matter.  It was a “but we’ve always done it this way,” moment. 

It reminded me of times I saw a family in therapy when there was a specific event a

child/adolescent wanted to go to and the arguments pro and con were in nearly

perfect balance.  As a therapist, I was much less interested in deciding about the

single event than in developing way to resolve such question that would apply to the

event and be useful for other resolving other issues when they came up.  Often in

those circumstances some family members thought that deciding whether or not the

child should go was the only goal.

I also remember once trying to help my son with his math problems.  He wanted

only to get answers for the homework problems.  He wanted them done as quickly

as possible.  One of his strategies was to guess several numbers in a row.  He was not

happy that I did not simply tell him the answer.  My goal was to teach him a method

of solving the problems that could be useful with similar problems.  Our opposing

goals frustrated both of us. 

I will share my observations with the group because I care about what happens to it.

Wish me luck.

Have you ever had a similar experience?


James Montgomery Jackson said...

The main advantage of having been a math major in college is that it taught me how to think about problems: It was necessary to understand the underlying assumptions and only after that did it make sense to determine if the logic (calculations, etc.) followed correctly.

If you assume you are on a flat earth, you have to worry about falling off. It is important to have formulae to assure that you do not get too near the edge so you are accidentally sucked off. The calculations may be perfectly determined, but given we are on an ovoid planet, they are meaningless.

Similarly, knowing the fact that the cube root of 125 is 5 does not provide much help when one is asked to determine the cube root of 216.

You can give someone a fish and they will be happy until their stomach again rumbles. You can give someone a fishing pole, line, hooks, sinkers and knowledge and they can feed themselves as needed (unless there is no water or it's polluted, but that's a different issue).

~ Jim

Gloria Alden said...

Math was something that never grabbed me. Words are like magic to me - numbers not. Of course, I know my basic math and do okay with it. As for meetings, I don't like meetings because they seem to ramble on forever with one or two people who never seem to know when to shut up or stop asking inane questions. The same topics seem to be repeated or gone over and over until I can't wait until the whole thing is over. I'm glad I have very few meetings to attend anymore.

Shari Randall said...

I do wish you luck, Warren. You'll have to let us know what happens with that meeting. I hope they listen to you.
A few years ago in a management class I took, we were told that one of the most valuable people in the organization was the one who would disagree with the group consensus. Sounds like you may be that person - I hope the others in your organization will appreciate your viewpoint.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, I think that's a common problem. Back when I was an administrator in higher ed, I attended many meetings like that one you describe. Most people seem reluctant to examine the framework they're using to make decisions or to consider possible other methods. Best of luck!

Kara Cerise said...

When I worked in the legal field, I went to many meetings like the one you attended. Eventually, I voiced my concerns during a meeting and became instantly unpopular. I hope you have better luck.