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The Patient is Not Responsive…

A friend of mine passed away recently after a long illness.  In the final hours of his life, my friend was slipping in and out of consciousness.  As the family gathered to say their final goodbyes, the siblings were concerned that one son would not get home in time for my friend to be cognizant and recognize him.  Hours before the son arrived at the hospital, my friend slipped into what the doctors thought was a final coma.  His family tried to speak with him, but the doctors pronounced him “unresponsive.”  Finally my friend’s son arrived and walked into the room. 

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Taking a Blog Break…

Folks, I’m taking a few days off next week, so you won’t see a new blog posting until the week of October 5.  My wife and I will be heading to the West Coast to visit our families there and get in a little R&R by kayaking on Monterey Bay, hiking the trails of Point Lobos and Big Sur, and eating enough fresh-caught calamari and sand dabs to sink a ship.  I’m limiting myself to one hour of BlackBerry and cell phone use per day in the hopes of coming back with my personal batteries fully re-charged for the final quarter of 2009. 

In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves on NFCA’s social networking site.  And make sure to check out this YouTube site created by Thrivent to promote their fraternal activities.  See you next month…

15 Things to Do Besides Visiting the Alamo at the NFCA Annual Meeting

More than 275 of your peers have registered for the 2009 NFCA Annual Meeting—the largest number of advance registrations in the past five years.  What’s keeping you from joining them?  Click here to register online at the “early-bird rate,” which has been extended through Friday, July 17.

And here are a few suggestions for things to do while you’re there…

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