Yes, it has been quiet around here of late, hasn’t it? And yes I have been spending time on Facebook, but that’s not the only thing. We’re also getting deep into the budget process and, like much of our economy, it ain’t pretty. It could be worse, of course, and I don’t want to run the risk of being one of those harbingers of doom (see here for some thoughts on the adaptability of the human species and other things worth believing in) getting far too much airplay. There are still opportunities to be found – or to be made – even though it’s hard to get people to see beyond the dismal news bombarding them at every turn. There are opportunities to plan better, to set new directions, and not just crawl in a hole until it’s over.