Breaking Free!

Just as this first year of retirement from the clinical practice of dentistry brought many great (and exciting) changes to my life, my retirement necessarily brought changes to the lives of my children as well! Specifically, after having provided them with dental care through the first three decades (or so) of their lives, they each now had to find a new dentist and dental practice for their...
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“Goose-Bump” Memories . . .

Sometimes we’re blessed with such an extraordinary experience, we just can’t believe how fortunate we are, nor can we stop smiling! I call them, “Million Dollar Days,” because there’s no amount of money I’d take in place of the sheer joy I feel in my heart at those special moments and rare occasions! My son-in-law calls them “goose-bump” memories. Each February I’m privileged to spend ten days...
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On Knowing When it’s Time. . .

A favorite operative professor of mine from Emory University’s School of Dentistry, Dr. George Pryles, advised me on graduation day not to practice so long that I had to start replacing the restorations I’d provided my patients through the years! Since 90% of my crown and bridge cases were cast gold and the majority of my posterior fillings were restored with amalgam, I’ve replaced very few of...
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Red, White, and. . . One!

During the first week of July, our nation will celebrate the 239th anniversary of its founding! Two days before that historic date, however, my wife and I will celebrate the first birthday of our newest grand-daughter! Woo Hoo! It’s a bit ironic that she was born on the 2nd of July, as our son-in-law is English! I remember meeting him for the very first time at a 4th of July picnic. As we...
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Relatively speaking . . .

I can’t claim to have ever really understood the meaning of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (in fact I earned a “D” in freshman physics at Georgia Tech), but I can certainly share my interpretation of it: that the years become shorter, and pass with increasing speed as one ages. Who can ever forget being a four or five year-old, and waiting for – what seemed an eternity – for Santa to finally...
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