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Presentation - "Transitions: Following Your Passion", for NHES Networking Group, Greater Concord Professional Network
April 19, 2010

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  • Sausage   Forget the frank, Give me the Fenway sausage. Lansdowne or Yawkey, Just give me the street, the crowds, the carts. Sausage you shrug, you the reader Of this trifle, this whimsy What do I mean, me the storyteller Read on.   Peppers and onions Tease the tongue Bun and hot mustard Set the stage The scorched and blackened piece of meat Reminds me of every one Eaten before   So much memory Of family and fun Of ballgames, tailgates, and the carnie A cacophony of moments Drip with grease Do you smell it too on the smoky hot grill?   My lips curl with a smirk Writing these lines As I laugh to myself Of the pleasures of excess The lusty gluttony Of another one.
  • Presentation 04192010

    1. 1. Raymond A. Foss, Esq. A poet who does law to pay the bills (for now)
    2. 2. A Life in Transition <ul><li>Searching for my niche </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(need to grow up soon) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Growing where I am </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(in the law) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting my family </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(that would be nice) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doing what I love </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(poetry) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trying to be a whole person </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(volunteering) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Changing plans <ul><li>I thought I would continue what I was doing </li></ul><ul><li>I went to law school </li></ul><ul><li>Started with Education Law </li></ul><ul><li>Moved to Family Law </li></ul><ul><li>Started more poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on my passion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2,700 poems in last year </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Poetry Where You Live <ul><li>Poetry Where You Live is a state of mind, believing that, like God’s grace, poetry is where you live, not something you have to seek out in some distant place. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing for the last 10 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>175 poems at law school graduation – 5/2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just hit 6,500 poems on 4/3/2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just hit 6 years in February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now another site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looked at Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created business pages for law and poetry </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. But not exclusively (not yet) <ul><li>Being okay with being good at more than one thing </li></ul><ul><li>Using all my talents </li></ul><ul><li>Doing what I love </li></ul><ul><li>And doing what helps others </li></ul><ul><li>Believing I have a wonderful life </li></ul>
    6. 6. Two Cards – for now <ul><li>Raymond A. Foss, Esq. </li></ul><ul><li>Law Offices of Raymond A. Foss, PLLC </li></ul><ul><li>160 Main Street </li></ul><ul><li>Suncook, NH 03275-1206 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. 603-973-2447 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax 603-375-7774 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Raymond A. Foss </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry Where You Live </li></ul><ul><li>160 Main Street </li></ul><ul><li>Suncook, NH 03275-1206 </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. 603-973-2447 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax 603-375-7774 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    7. 7. Needing to focus
    8. 8. Seeing the beauty
    9. 9. Sharing My Joy
    10. 10. A Rainbow of Hope <ul><li>An urgent call </li></ul><ul><li>a race down the dark stairs </li></ul><ul><li>a flicker of color as I ran outside </li></ul><ul><li>an arc, His bow, His promise </li></ul><ul><li>shown down on us </li></ul><ul><li>standing in awe and wonder </li></ul><ul><li>the rich color muted in the city </li></ul><ul><li>It curves over the alley </li></ul><ul><li>above the tenements, the wires </li></ul><ul><li>the clutter, the stresses of life </li></ul><ul><li>a timely reminder </li></ul><ul><li>in good times and bad </li></ul><ul><li>of your faithfulness, </li></ul><ul><li>your covenant with your people </li></ul><ul><li>a beautiful arc, a shimmering bow </li></ul><ul><li>a pleasure to behold </li></ul><ul><li>a piece of hope placed </li></ul><ul><li>for a moment, a few seconds </li></ul><ul><li>unnoticed by so many, </li></ul><ul><li>lost in the push and pull </li></ul><ul><li>of daily living </li></ul><ul><li>shared with those lucky few </li></ul><ul><li>who stopped for a moment or two </li></ul><ul><li>and looked up </li></ul>
    11. 11. Casting Stones <ul><li>Casting stones </li></ul><ul><li>out into the deep waters </li></ul><ul><li>creating ripples </li></ul><ul><li>to wash across the word </li></ul><ul><li>Words of love </li></ul><ul><li>of comfort, of hope </li></ul><ul><li>sharing messages of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>his lessons for our lives </li></ul><ul><li>to bring us back to God </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Ripples Returning <ul><li>In casting the seeds </li></ul><ul><li>the stones, the words </li></ul><ul><li>into the ground, the sea </li></ul><ul><li>ripples touching distant shores </li></ul><ul><li>but sometimes returning to me </li></ul><ul><li>A wonder, in the sharing </li></ul><ul><li>the words finding fertile soil </li></ul><ul><li>reaching hearts open </li></ul><ul><li>sending their love in reply </li></ul><ul><li>Returning these gifts from God </li></ul><ul><li>that they would be planted deeper in me </li></ul><ul><li>Casting more stones out into sea </li></ul><ul><li>seeds on the wind, </li></ul><ul><li>planted on distant shores </li></ul>
    13. 13. Points on a Sphere <ul><li>Not poles on a line </li></ul><ul><li>static and unchanging </li></ul><ul><li>a yes or a no </li></ul><ul><li>in black and white </li></ul><ul><li>Not even arcs of a circle </li></ul><ul><li>me in the center, </li></ul><ul><li>segmenting time </li></ul><ul><li>places where spokes alight </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Points on a sphere </li></ul><ul><li>ever turning, </li></ul><ul><li>moving like a ball </li></ul><ul><li>rolling across an uneven floor </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Such are the choices </li></ul><ul><li>my identifies, roles moving </li></ul><ul><li>not either or </li></ul><ul><li>but yes to them all </li></ul>
    14. 14. Sausage
    15. 15. Living More Purposefully <ul><li>Not to claim a victory </li></ul><ul><li>not our own validation </li></ul><ul><li>living more purposefully </li></ul><ul><li>to stay centered on God </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Not drifting with the wind </li></ul><ul><li>not following the flow of the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>walking with my savior </li></ul><ul><li>on the road laid before me </li></ul><ul><li>Using my gifts, my talents </li></ul><ul><li>hearing my master’s call </li></ul><ul><li>persevering in adversity </li></ul><ul><li>courage, committing my all </li></ul>