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Been a busy week around here, dominated by the graduation of our youngest from Quinnipiac University with a BA in Criminal Justice. (Dean's List, Magna Cum Laude, apple of her father's eye.)

I appreciate all the nice email I've gotten about Ali's aspirations, especially the folks who wrote in when I mentioned her a few weeks ago, offering to help her make connections. We all know that networking is one of the most important components of career development ... and I'm enormously grateful for members of the MNB community who have stepped up in unanticipated ways.

Allison turns 22 in about two weeks ... and like a lot of parents with grown children, I find myself wondering where the time went. (I also find myself wondering how I could possibly have sons who are about to turn 30 and 27 ... since I keep thinking of myself as 35.)




If you have not watched "The Night Manager," the AMC six-part series based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, I'd urge you to do so - it is available on iTunes and likely on whatever on-demand service you happen to have. I found it to be of motion picture quality, shot on a wide variety of locations, but with room to breathe over some six hours. (It concluded this week ... I thought it was not too long and not too short ... it was just right.)

The story is about how a British hotel manager (played by Tom Hiddleston in what sometimes seems to be a six-hour audition to be the next James Bond, and I'm totally cool with that) end sup helping the British secret service (as personified by Olivia Colman - and she's wonderful) infiltrate the arms dealing enterprise run by Richard Roper (played with nefarious glee by Hugh Laurie). There's sex and violence, to be sure, but there's also a ton of suspense ... I found myself on the edge of my seat at numerous times, wondering what would happen next and who would die and how. This is one of my favorite genres, and I was happy to have the experience of "The Night Manager."

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