The Shop

Dad launched our boat early on a Saturday morning in June at the public ramp in Cocoa Beach, and by late afternoon we docked at our overnight destination, Vero Beach.  For a couple of teenaged boys, the day had been a most excellent adventure. Dad had masterfully piloted the boat south while our neighbor, Bob Boyle, took pictures of the birds of the inland waterway for Life magazine. While Dad...
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Comparing Apples to Apples

When life presents a challenge that requires a difficult decision (like taking the necessary steps to recover from a pandemic), it’s important to minimize one’s emotional concerns and focus on facts. When logic supersedes emotion, better decisions usually result. A technique that has worked well for me is to gather as much information as reasonable in the time frame allowed, identify potential...
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Into the Light

When I was five, my older brother and I built a “fort” behind the living room sofa. We’d hide behind it in the darkness, tightly squeezed against the wall, and imagine all sorts of situations that only we could resolve! Sometimes we battled villains with swords, occasionally we blasted into space to face some unknown evildoer, and often we simply sat shoulder to shoulder to...
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Back to Basics

As we face numerous challenges during this unprecedented pandemic, it’s good to keep some fundamentals in mind: 1. Live within your means Buying things you can’t afford puts your family at risk. It’s times like these that underscore the importance of having a “rainy day fund.” And practice owners who don’t understand their overhead might use this crisis to...
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The Power of a Smile

Years before we had cell phones and airline apps, I became aware that my flight from Seattle to Atlanta had been cancelled due to mechanical issues only after arriving at the airport. I wasn’t concerned, however, as my airline offered five more Atlanta-bound flights through the course of the day. The problem I encountered was that I was in a long line with dozens of passengers who had just...
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