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Slowing Down

December 23, 2009 1:01 PM

I always take the week off between Christmas and New Year's. I stick close to home. I catch up with friends, see movies, take naps, do a little cooking, go cross country skiing and read books (I can't stay out of the office completely, and there are calls from my staff at home, but it's still pretty low key).

This year I'm planning to read "True Compass" by Ted Kennedy and UW History Professor John Milton Cooper's biography of Woodrow Wilson. Ray Harmon of my office also just gave me the Postcard History Series of Madison by David Sakrison. It looks like a great book of snapshots to thumb through in front of the fire. Alder Julia Kerr stopped by this morning, and she suggests "Empire," a history of the Empire State Building. Julia is a planner by training, so she can be forgiven for thinking that would sound fascinating, but it actually does sound interesting to me, and what's my excuse?

Of course I won't get through all that before I return to the office, but I'll do my best between naps and movies. This is a good time of the year to slow down, take stock and look forward to the year ahead. I'll be doing that too and blogging about it over the next week or so.

But in the meantime, on behalf of all of us here in the Mayors' Office, our thanks to everyone in city government who worked so hard this year and our best wishes to you blog readers for a happy and restful holiday.



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