We Like You, Just Not That Much

So a month ago I drove 5 hours away to interview for a promotional position. I didn’t get the job. This week the folks in that area contacted me. They were very impressed with me during my interview. They chose someone else over me, not because that person is more qualified, but because they had already interviewed for […]

Does One Bad Apple Spoil the Whole Bunch?

Around the world, government agencies charged with protecting the vulnerable are perpetually having a rough go of it in the media. So while perusing the regional newspapers as I am sometimes wont to do, I found an article about children who had died despite there having been recent involvement with that area’s child protective services agency. And wouldn’t […]

Remembering Lara Sobel

Friday evening, Vermont Department of Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel walked out of her office building in Barre City, Vermont, and was gunned down by Jody Herring. Lara was a 14-year veteran of the agency. She was married and had two young children. Herring was also a veteran. According to WCVB5 Boston, Herring was well-known […]

The Joy of Non-Judgmentalism

I’ve just gotten home from a law enforcement assist. A caregiver is going to jail, and I was needed to watch a young child until a relative could come pick him up. As we waited together in the parking lot of my office building, the little one asked me to hold him, and I did. We talked about the dark […]