It gives me great pride to share the following article recognizing my tax partner Elaina Kogan as a rising star in the accounting profession per the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.
Comparing today’s global environment vs. one year ago feels to me a bit like Lewis Carroll’s insightful metaphor. Despite all of the apparent unsettledness in the world these days, perhaps there are lessons from Lewis Carroll’s classic work of literature that we can apply to today’s challenges.
Authors and poets often use metaphors to convey their true meaning. Nobel Prize winning (for Literature) Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was especially adept at the use of metaphor to convey images – take this example from Neruda’s love poem If You Forget Me:
This June, my wife, Janie and I went to Europe for a well-deserved vacation. We had planned the trip for almost a year: booking our airplane flights, booking a group tour with a major tour company and coordinating our activities so we could be joined by our dear friends from New Jersey. Timing was the all-important factor. We knew we were dependent upon God for our weather, but never did we think about how labor organizations could play a role in deterring our desired outcome. Our flights were booked through Air France. Little did we know, there were planned strikes by pilots, and then later by air controllers, that would affect our trip.
Last week my wife, Mia, went on a reunion binge, traveling to the East Coast for her reunions for undergrad and graduate schools. Accordingly, I got the kids for Memorial Day Weekend and the week thereafter.
Many of you know that, at Singer Burke, we devote a lot of time to thinking about how our core values can illuminate the path towards growth for our firm.
Last year began with a new moon, symbolizing an opportunity for letting go of what isn’t working to create room for new possibilities. The beginning of this year roughly coincides with a full moon, symbolic of bringing to fruition, or fulfilling, those seeds and intentions planted last year. As we begin this new year let us contemplate two age-old questions: What will we choose to harvest? And what will be the meaning of our choices?