Thursday, September 18, 2014


Just-the-jobs style, as usual.  Have a lovely day.

1) Annie E. Casey FoundationSenior Communications Associate supporting the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

2) Association of Collegiate Schools of ArchitectureEditorial Production Manager

3) BAE Systems Communications Specialist

4) Brookings InstitutionSenior Research Assistant, Governance Studies

5) Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Program Associate, Advocacy

6) Centers for Disease ControlHealth Communications Specialist – $62k-$82k – job ID: HHS-CDC-D2-14-1200107 – apply by Sept. 19

7) Council on CompetitivenessInternships

8) Creative Computing SolutionsJunior Communications Specialist supporting the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

9) District of Columbia Board of ElectionsPolicy & Data Research Analyst

10) DC Public SchoolsManager, Digital Communications – $78k-$88k

11) Friends of the National ZooExecutive Assistant

12-13) Georgetown University
14) Grant Thornton Senior Communications Associate supporting their Defense & Intel Strategic Business Unit

15) GYMRPR Intern – $12/hr – apply by Sept. 30

16-20) Hill + Knowlton Strategies
21) Institute for College Access & SuccessCommunications Manager – Oakland, CA

22) John M. Palatiello & Associates Communications Associate

23) Mackinac Center for Public PolicyVice President for Advancement – Midland, MI – search managed by Talent Market

24) Mid-size, bi-coastal, PR, and marketing communications agencyAccount Manager, Healthcare – search managed by Paradigm Staffing

25) Mothers Against Drunk Driving Communications Manager

26) Mystery lobbing firm with energy & environment focusLegislative Executive Assistant

27) Mystery PR firm
28) National Association of Broadcasters Marketing Intern, Spring 2015 – $14/hr

29-31) Nature Conservancy (scroll to find, or use advanced search & job #)
32) Paralyzed Veterans of AmericaAssociate Legislative Director – apply by Oct. 15

33) Peace CorpsPublic Affairs/Social Media Specialist – $53k-$97k – job ID: 14-293-NW – apply by Sept. 26

34-35) Potomac School
36-37) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
38) Salt River ProjectLegislative Intern – paid position

39) Salvation ArmyWeb Communications Assistant – apply by Oct. 31

40) Share Our StrengthCampaign Director for the A Place at the Table campaign

41-43) University of Maryland
44) USGIMedia Specialist supporting the State Dept. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

45) The Washington Institute for Near East PolicyDevelopment & Communications Associate (scroll way down) – apply by Sept. 30 – search managed by the HR Team

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When's Your Celebration?

These fellows seemed to be having a pretty nice time last night, as did their Charm City counterparts.  We hope you're soon-to-be popping the cork or celebrating however you see fit after snagging one of these fine opportunities.

We'll start you off with opportunities with our shade-making, air-cleaning & city-greening friends at Casey Trees:
Here is a very fresh Senior Account Exec, Digital opportunity with Porter Novelli – seeking candidates with minimum three to five years of experience in public affairs or public relations, with a proven track record of success in traditional and digital campaigns.

ConnellyWorks, Inc. provides communications services for tech product & service companies in international, federal, state & local markets – note: we’re told that resumes/cover letters should go should go to
We have it on good authority that Scott Circle Communications is actively searching for a Senior Manager (scroll down)  with 5-7 years relevant experience as well as a a consistent record of success in placing media stories with national and local outlets along with prominent bloggers – Senior Associate post also noted.

Pro-Israel advocacy group seeks genius-level Digital Strategy Associate with the ability to craft/deliver messages that people will engage with and share; contract work status to start, along with a promise that this will be fun.

We’re told the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has recently updated this Deputy Director of Communications (scroll to find) opportunity – minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in a political or policy-oriented communications capacity sought.

Here’s a pair of very fresh opportunities with the Human Rights Campaign:
Outreach Strategies, a communications & public affairs firm focused on creating positive environmental and social change, is in search mode for a Director with 7-10 years experience in issue advocacy communications or demonstrated equivalent experience

American Society of Landscape ArchitectsPublic Relations & Communications Coordinator – strong writing skills and knowledge of media management databases (PR Newswire) & social media web tools merit you consideration and eventual access to their fab green rooftop.

Capitol Hill:
World Bank PublicationsMarketing Coordinator – social media & direct marketing experience particularly valued – apply by Sept. 25

Plan-ahead types should note the Dec. 15 application deadline for the Spring 2015 Communications/Online Communications Intern opportunity with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development

Adfero Group
Sisters of MercyMarketing Specialist – interest in social justice advocacy and 2-3 years online marketing experience would look good on your resume – apply by Oct. 17

Mystery employerWebsite Marketing Manager – contract status – search managed by the Judge Group

University of VirginiaState Governmental Relations Coordinator – $60k-$70k – Richmond, Va.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesaday Focus: Communications Jobs

For your Tuesday specialty programming, we hone in on communications & media relations opportunities with corporate, nonprofit & government employers.

AfricareManager, Media Engagement & Community Outreach (pdf) – apply by Oct. 3

American Association of AnatomistsCommunications & Marketing Manager (pdf)

American Floral EndowmentCommunications Specialist

American Jewish Committee
American Moving & Storage AssociationDirector, Public Relations

Amyx Communications Specialist

Association of American Medical CollegesSenior Media Relations Specialist

Atlantic CouncilDeputy Director, Communications (scroll to find)

Business Executives for National SecurityCommunications Director – search managed by Raffa

CARE Knowledge Management & Communications Officer

Charles Koch InstitutePublic Relations Manager

CureSearch for Children’s CancerNational Director, Marketing & Communications

Deloitte ResearchLead Communications Consultant

Dept. of Justice
Senior Communications Manager – $124k-$157k – job ID: OIG-2014-53-DEU – apply by Sept. 24

DCSEUPublic Relations Manager

Disability Rights InternationalHuman Rights & Communications Associate – $35k – apply by Oct. 1

Food & Drug AdministrationHealth Communications Officer – $124k-$157k – job ID: FDA-CDER-14-DE-1201253AS – apply by Oct. 3

Foundation for the National ArchivesDirector of Marketing & Communications

Herndon-based commercial real estate firmCommunications Manager – $40k-$50k

Howard UniversityVice President, Communications (scroll to find, or use advanced search & job # 30364)

ImperatisCommunications Specialist (go to click here for listings of our current positions, then scroll all the way down)

IQ Solutions (scroll to find)
Lockheed MartinExternal Communications Specialist

Louis Berger GroupCorporate External Communications Manager

Miracle SystemsCommunications Specialist, multiple levels

Mystery employerMarketing/Communications Coordinator – part-time/month-to-month status – search managed by The Creative Group

Mystery Fortune 100 financial services companySenior Manager of External Communications – search managed by Paladin Staffing

National Automobile Dealers AssociationSenior Manager, Public Relations for the venerable NADA Used Car Guide

National Science Teachers Association Communications Coordinator

Outdoor AllianceCommunications & Public Engagement Manager (pdf)

Pathfinder International (scroll to find)
Provider of tax news and analysis for the global communityDirector of Communications – search managed by Bloom, Gross & Associates

Sanitas InternationalCommunications Associate, mid-level

Save the Children
Associate Director, Campaign Communications

Society for NeuroscienceCommunications Assistant

Student Veterans of AmericaDirector of Communications

United Nations FoundationCommunications Director supporting the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – apply by Sept. 29

Monday, September 15, 2014

More to Come

We're a work-in-progress today; so check back for more.  And, don't forget previously noted opportunities closing in the upcoming week, as well.   Some nice direct-to-us tips among the first four employers mentioned today.

LeadingAge, a membership association of groups dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for the aging, seeks Vice President of Communications with at least 10 years management or professional experience in media relations

National Nurses United is actively seeking candidates for these (scroll to find):
Recently added opportunities with Avalere Heath – who have a particularly nice, bright & easy-to-see-the-jobs career page:
Center for the Study of Social Policy:
1st Mariner Bank seeks Advertising & Communications Coordinator to join them in their Canton-situated offices in Baltimore, MD

This Web & Social Media Coordinator post appears to be new since our last Monday’s check-in with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

ICF InternationalCommunications Coordinator – graphics, design & printing-related skill-set required – can also search here, under keyword communications, where you’ll see the job was added to their rolls on Sept. 12

American Council on EducationDigital Communications Coordinator – strong knowledge of social media platforms & experience using content management systems are required.

Arlington County Dept. of Parks & RecreationPublic Relations Contractor – part-time – $25/hr 

Union of Concerned Scientists
AMTRAKSenior Director, Government Affairs – Senate-side focus;  transportation industry experience is, quite naturally, preferred

Assistant Director, Legislation & Political Action is new since mid-August with the College of American Pathologists

 ABBDirector of Government Affairs – your minimum of 12 years of related experience should include work on Capitol Hill and/or a Federal agency, and in energy or security sector issue areas. 

Neighborworks AmericaNational Public Affairs & Communications Advisor – strong writing, editing & project management skills desired

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Do you suffer from Fear Of Missing Out On Jobs With Nearing Deadlines?  Today's run of previously noted opportunities closing in the upcoming week should help alleviate your symptoms.

Architect of the Capitol Director of Communications and Congressional Relations – $140k-$167k – job ID: WP-CCR-2014-240 – Sept. 15

America SCORESCommunications Associate – part-time – $700/mo. – Sept. 15

British Embassy:
 Center for Progressive ReformExecutive DirectorSept. 15

Federal Aviation AdministrationPolicy Analyst – $75k-$117k – job ID: AWA-APO-14-0020AH-37864 – Sept. 15 

Inter-American Development BankCommunications Senior Specialist supporting the Country Office of Brazil – DC-based – Spanish & Portuguese language skills desired – Sept. 15

University of Maryland
Nature Conservancy (scroll to find, or use advanced search & job #)
Frostburg State UniversityWriter/Communications Specialist – Frostburg, MD – Sept. 17 

National Institutes of Health seeks Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist/Chief, Public Communications Branch for the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development  – $124k-$157k – Sept. 17

Northern Virginia Community CollegeCrisis Communications/Public Information Officer – $68k-$88k – Sept. 17

United Nations FoundationProducer, Digital MediaSept. 17

Asia SocietyDevelopment & Event Associate (pdf) – New York – Sept. 18

ActionAid Director of CommunicationsSept. 18 

Census BureauSupervisory Public Affairs Specialist – $124k-$157k – job ID: PIO-2014-0010 – Sept. 18

Bread for the WorldSenior Domestic Policy AnalystSept. 19

Dept. of EnergyPublic Affairs Specialist for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – $63k-$82k – job ID: DOE-HQ-AA-14-00029-TERM – Sept. 19

George Mason UniversityDirector of Development, College of Visual & Performing Arts – $65k-$85k – Sept. 19 

National Labor Relations BoardPublic Affairs Specialist – $106k-$157k – job ID: NL14DE1207267SA – Sept. 19

National Science FoundationPublic Affairs Specialist -- $105k-$136k – job ID: LPA-2014-0013 – Sept. 19

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday. At last.

Your first full work (or job-seek) week of the Fall season draws to a close; we suggest rewarding yourself tomorrow with a visit to Snallygaster!

National Association of Realtors
Social Media Director – experience in using and managing social media including blogs, wikis, social networks, forums, and/or podcasts sought, as well as skills as a curator of content in consulting, writing, and editing. 

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Communications & Social Media Specialist – your 4-6 years of relevant experience should demonstrate your knowledge of online & social media technologies/platforms and tracking/analytics.

American Waterways Operators (the tug, tow & barge folks) seeks organized & detail-oriented Executive Assistant to the President (scroll to find) with extensive executive support experience, including work interfacing with senior leadership/board members, etc.

The U.S. Travel Association is actively seeking candidates for a Fall 2014 Government Relations Intern post for a range of admin, research and legislative monitoring dutites

American University
The American Institutes for Research is in search mode for a Media Affairs Associate with at least four years of journalism related experience, excellent writing skills, and related experience with either education or health research & evaluation – Georgetown location. 

Strauss Media Strategies still has a slot open for a Media Relations Intern (scroll to find) – substantive, meaningful work promised; downtown National Press Building location

Cultural Tourism DCSocial Media Assistant – part-time – experience using social media in a professional context, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr particularly sought; familiarity with email marketing tools such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact also valued.

Chris Wayne & AssociatesEvents Intern (scroll to find) – open to current undergraduate students or recent college graduates; majoring in event management, communications, or other related fields – heart of Georgetown location – apply by Oct. 4

The Bowen Group seeks Strategic Communications Specialist and Strategic Communications Program Manager to support their Dept. of Veterans Affairs Office of HR Management client.

Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service sounds like a big, challenging & awesome (great travel, too, we’re guessing) opportunity for someone out there – $120k-$181k – job ID: EX-14-19 – apply by Oct. 2

Nellis Edwards Associates seeks Policy Analyst for work related to counternarcotics legislative issues worldwide.

RTI International
, a nonprofit research & development organization headquartered in North Carolina, seeks DC-based Project Associate (go to find RTI jobs, then scroll to find or use advanced search & job # 15539) supporting the ENVISION project’s work stamping out lesser-known tropical diseases; at least 2 years’ experience in business, public administration, social science, or USAID/international development experience preferred.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Numerous Internships recently posted for the Spring 2015 term (February through April) at Discovery Communications in their Silver Spring HQ, as well as New York, Chicago & Los Angeles; be sure to scroll to page two to see all of the local opportunities.

Whatever plans, schemes or dreams for the weekend, your favoritepublic affairs jobs resource hopes they unfold to your liking.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


1) AAARegional Multimedia Account Manager

2) American Bankers AssociationSenior Meetings Manager

3) American Councils for International EducationCommunications Associate

4) American Health Care AssociationManaging Editor (scroll down)

5) Armed Forces Services Corp.Marketing & Communications Manager

6) Arnold & PorterHealth Policy Advisor

7-9) Association of American Medical Colleges
10) ATCS Public Outreach Manager

11) BarbaricumSocial Media Specialist

12-15) Bloomberg
16-19) Brookings Institution
20) Census BureauSupervisory Public Affairs Specialist – $124k-$157k – job ID: PIO-2014-0010 – apply by Sept. 18

21) CFP Board Online Communications Coordinator – search managed by Staffing Advisors

22) Commodity Futures Trading CommissionDeputy Director, Office of Legislative Affairs – $149k-$220k – CFTC-OCH-2014-0007 – apply by Sept. 14

23) Duke EnergyDirector, Federal Government Affairs

24) Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS FoundationDirector of Development – DC or Los Angeles, CA

25) Federation for American Immigration ReformDirector of Government Relations

26) FINCA InternationalCommunications Volunteer

27-29) Leonie
30) Montgomery CountyPublic Information Officer (go to search jobs tab, then use keyword irc15334 or search under general professional category) – $60k-$100k – apply by Sept. 23

31-33) MWW Group
34) Mystery employer involved in the biotech/pharma sectorVice President of Public Affairs/Communications – $120k-$140k – search managed by Bauer Consulting Group

35) Mystery foundation, DC-basedDirector of Grassroots Marketing + Events Management – search managed by Creative Circle

36) National Center for Policy AnalysisPresident & CEO – Dallas, TX – search managed by Talent Market

37) National Consumers LeagueDevelopment Associate

38) National Federation of Independent BusinessDirector, Federal Public Policy – House-side focus

39-41) Nature Conservancy (scroll to find, or use advanced search & job #)
42) Notre DameCommunications Program Manager, Architecture School – South Bend, IN

43) Planned ParenthoodState Policy Press Officer

44) Society for NeuroscienceNeuroscience Policy & Advocacy Fellow – PhD or PhD candidate preferred

45) theatreWashington Communications Manager

46) Virginia Hospital CenterDevelopment Officer for Foundation & Corporate Relations

47) University of Maryland Medical CenterDirector, Corporate & Foundation Relations – Baltimore, MD

48) Unknown environmental organizationMedia Relations Manager – temporary position – $20-$25/hr – search managed by Careers in Nonprofits

49) Vietnam Veterans Memorial FundMajor Gifts Officer

50) ... and, finally, this first-referenced-in-mid-August position as Senior Director of Corporate Communications for your division-leading Washington Nationals shows as still yet unfilled, so please get cracking on this ASAP so you can comp us w/ our playoff tix (third base lowers, thanks) come October.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

From Our Inbox to You

Busy days for us, so this set will be be a bit briefer than usual – however, everything here today (except for the Capitol Hill listings) is a direct-to-us submission, so you can be a well-assured that all of these posts are still actively seeking CVs from folks like you.

But before we dive in: jobseekers, employers and individuals exploring careers in the media-for-social-impact space should register now for this FREE "Now Hiring!" Networking Lounge at the Media Rise Festival, hosted in partnership with Connected Potential & TableTribes at the Center for Social Impact Communication
   Monday, Sept. 22 at 6:30-8:30pm
   Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
   640 Massachusetts Ave., NW
   register today!

Amplify Public Affairs seeks Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs with exceptional writing skills, as well as a strong media relations background; knowledge of the healthcare policy landscape a plus. Graphic Designer (scroll down) also sought; strong knowledge of major design applications, especially Photoshop & Illustrator, is required.

The National Institutes of Health seeks Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist/Chief, Public Communications Branch to helm communications activities for their National Institute of Child Health & Human Development affiliate – $124k-$157k – apply by Sept. 17 – separately advertised for status candidates here

PATH, a global health organization working to accelerate innovation in vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and systems & services, seek a Policy Communications Officer with a broad-based skill set, including the ability to develop messaging and positioning for an international NGO.

CLS Strategies is in search mode for an entry-level Associate with prior internship/work experience in public relations, public affairs or politics; multitasking ability and attention to detail also highly valued.

Several New York-based opportunities available with the Asia Society:
Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic seeks a Communications and Marketing Intern – strong writing skills needed, AP Style knowledge a plus, basic graphic design skills preferred – apply by Sept. 19

The 316 Group is actively seeking Public Affairs Fellows who are interested in learning about advocacy, public affairs, digital campaigns and government affairs. Ideal candidates should be highly motivated, possess excellent writing skills, be detail-oriented, think critically & creatively; DC Metro location – see their twitter feed for more perspective on the group.

We just missed adding this to yesterday’s higher education jobs special, so we hope you won’t miss Office Administrator supporting the VP of Global Engagement for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University – $32k-$38k – 1-2 years of administrative / office experience, preferably in a college environment, is desired.

Capitol Hill

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

College & University Jobs III

Tuesday's focus - job opportunities at colleges and universities in the DC, Maryland & Virgina region. Before you tear into the listings, please note that the your future co-workers at left have given us a short extension, and we'll be adding some more schools to this set later in the day.

American University
Catholic University – various admin and operations support posts available

College of William & Mary – Williamsburg, Va.
Community College of Baltimore CountyWeb Producer – $54k-$61k – apply by Sept. 25

George Mason University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Goucher CollegeMajor Gift Officer/Director of the Parent Program – Baltimore, MD

Howard University – assorted clerical/admin opportunities available (scroll to see additional pages)

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
Loyola CollegeAssistant Director Athletic Communications/Video Production – Baltimore, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art  – Baltimore, MD
Marymount UniversityDirector of Sports Information – apply by Sept. 26

Montgomery CollegeGraphic Designer – $56k-$76k – apply by Sept. 12

Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityAlumnae & Alumni Relations Associate – Baltimore, MD

Northern Virginia Community CollegeCrisis Communications/Public Information Officer – $68k-$88k – apply by Sept. 17

St. John’s College – Annapolis, MD
Towson UniversityAssociate Director of Media Relations, Athletics (scroll to find, or use advanced search and ID 101426) – Baltimore, MD

Trinity UniversityDirector of Development

University of Maryland
University of Richmond – Richmond, Va.
University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceCommunications Intern – Cambridge/Annapolis, MD

University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Va.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Rust Cohle's pronouncement that time is a flat circle; everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again rings true* for yet another Redskins opener.  [insert sad trombone or descending slide whistle sound effect here, as you see fit]

On a possibly cheerier, or at least more useful this again? note, please don't forget yesterday's run of previously-referenced opportunities closing this week. 

maslansky + partners seeks Communications Strategist for various taskings in corporate reputation and branding; public affairs and issue advocacy; new product launches and repositioning – DC or New York – substantive & compensated Intern (scroll down) opportunities also noted

Deeper Green is at work trying to change the way climate change solutions are marketed to the public, so that more people will support those efforts; you may have a place in this undertaking as Field Director or as Field Representative (scroll down), the latter of which is described as an entry-level opportunity.

The American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) has yet-unfilled Political Outreach Intern and Communications Intern (scroll to find) opportunities available for the Fall season.

Mercury Public Affairs seeks highly-organized, broadly-skilled candidate for Associate, International Practice (scroll to find); academic or work experience related to international relations particularly helpful

The Senior Executives Association, advocate for career Federal executives, has Intern (scroll to find) posts available in communications & social media as well as membership & outreach – full or part-time possible

New since our mid-August look-in with Conservation International:
National Labor Relations BoardPublic Affairs Specialist – $106k-$157k – job ID: NL14DE1207267SA – apply by Sept. 19

The Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine and sister organization to The Feminist Majority, has National Campus Organizer and Intern (scroll to find) posts available locally & in Beverly Hills, CA

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
USAID’s Office of Science and Technology is seeking a Communications Analyst to design and implement a range of communications strategies intended to promote OST’s programs and activities to a variety of audiences – opportunity via CAMRIS International/IAP World Services Inc.

Foundation for the National ArchivesDirector of Marketing & Communications – apply by Sept. 30 

Gannett/USA Today
Bethesda-located commercial real estate firm seeks a Marketing & Admin Coordinator – ideal candidate will have at least three years of professional experience & stellar Adobe Creative Suite skills,  InDesign particularly – $15-$18/hr on temp basis; $48k-$55k possible if hired full time – search managed by Beacon Hill Staffing

Dept. of EnergyPublic Affairs Specialist supporting the Advanced Research Projects Agency – $63k-$82k – job ID: DOE-HQ-AA-14-00029-TERM apply by Sept. 19

New finds at Edelman PR since mid-August:
Development Associate appears the latest opportunity to join the dedicated catovocates at Alley Cat Allies

The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national nonprofit representing state Statistical Analysis Center directors, as well as researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and criminal justice organizations – and why not you running that show as Executive Director?  Advanced degree preferred – search managed by JDG Search.

Capitol OneSenior Communications Manager (you may have to scroll down) – at least 6 years of media relations/external communications experience is required

Fresh opportunities aplenty with the Environmental Defense Fund:
New since our late-August check-in with Burson Marsteller is this New York-based Client Staff Assistant, Public Affairs & Crisis post – please have at least one year of previous PR-related experience under your belt, or wherever you store it.

Support Goodweave in their ambitions to end the use of child labor in carpet weaving communities worldwide as Director of Development, and scroll down for Intern opportunities

American Bar AssociationProgram Associate, International Programs – $41k-$45k

… and, finally: tomorrow, we’ll get back on track, and back to school, with a Tuesday focused set on opportunities at colleges & universities in DC, Maryland & Virginia – but we figured you would want at head start on this Stable Manager gig at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.  Our first instinct here was to throw a few japes at the questionable educational utility & probable cost-escalating effects of college equestrian programs, but frankly, taking care of horses sounds like a pleasant & worthwhile alternative to the interminable meetings, the never-ending river of emails, and general desk-boundedness of office life.  Great pep talk, huh?  You're welcome!

* also acceptable for yesterday's misfire in Houston: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.  It's going to be a frustrating Fall for those of us w/ affection for the local squad.