It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives.
It can be argued that Abraham Shakespeare, David Edwards and Amanda Clayton had little in common besides winning the lottery. Along with diverse geographic differences, they were very different people with very different problems. And they are all dead. Long before their average life expectancy.
Few 18-year-olds are prepared to handle a large lump sum of money. Laws prevent people from buying alcohol until age 21. It is assumed that people who can't legally buy a beer can somehow be responsible for handling thousands and sometimes millions of dollars.
What makes Wordsmith a fascinating book is Smith's life and the gut-wrenching honesty with which he tells the story of how he overcame self-destruction. It might be one of the best books written about overcoming the grips of alcohol addiction.
Three years after US taxpayers bailed Bank of America out by giving them part of the $700 billion bailout, they repaid Congress by slapping their customers in the face with a $5 a month fee for using a debit card. Bank of America may have sparked its "Netflix movement."
Liz Gilbert said of Italy, "In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, only artistic excellence is incorruptible." I have pondered her insight for weeks. I keep asking myself the essential question. Is the US headed the way of Italy?
The video talks about the history of gambling in Greater Cincinnati and the author's connection to the subject. It also talks about the death of a Lakeland, Florida lottery winner, Abraham Shakespeare.
My solution to gambling addiction would be same one that seems to be helping keep track of sexual predators: A national registry. If widely shared, such a list could prevent addicts from any legalized gambling.
Seth Godin, who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs be productive, says that business people never realize that with a little bit of push, they can move past a seeming dead end and reach business success. I hope that is true in my case.