December 2019 Federal Employment Law Training Group Newsletter

When Life Gives You Snow, Build a Snowman

A few days ago, I was lucky enough to travel to the Grand Canyon to conduct a training class. Somehow in all my travels over the years I had missed this amazing wonder of the world (except from 35,000 feet above), so I was excited to spend some of my free time on a few of the beautiful hiking trails that draw people from all over the globe.

Nature, however, had another idea and dumped over a foot of snow on the park two days before my arrival, rendering most of the trails too dangerous for a recreational hiker like myself to attempt. I took two tentative steps onto one of the trails marked “moderate” and immediately lost my footing from the icy conditions, so I decided to leave the hiking to another trip. What do you do when you plan a hike but snow and ice intervene? Maybe, you make the best of it and build a snowman.

And with that, it’s onto the last FELTG Newsletter of 2019. Read and enjoy, and warm holiday wishes to all of our FELTG readers.

Take care,

Deborah J. Hopkins, FELTG President

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