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It is just a week after the conclusion of a day and a half semi-annual Core Committee meeting as I write this message. I'm drawn to reflect again on the values that make POD something special for me. Core Committee meetings provide the grist. In particular, my thoughts swarm around the kind of decisionmaking process we've agreed to observe. Instead of opting for majority rule, or expert dominance, or some such crystalline process, we opted for the consensus model. I said my thoughts swarm. And so they do, as what follows below reveals clearly. Forgive the whimsy. Think, please, about the affirmation. I trust the members of the Core Committee will forgive me for using their process as a point of departure to think about more general principles.