Make It Happen!

When our kids were young, we enjoyed many adventures in a small RV. I’d plan detailed itineraries using a few AAA maps and a copy of National Geographic’s Guide to the National Parks. Sometimes we’d be on the road for a week or more, exploring the incredible beauty of this great land. Most often, however, we took advantage of long holiday weekends to visit family in Florida and...
read more

Make the Most of What You Have

It troubles me that many young practitioners incur unnecessary debt by buying more than they need to establish their practice. They should begin with the basics and add the bells and whistles as the practice grows. My first office was quite modest and furnished with secondhand equipment. It wasn’t much, but it’s what I could afford, and it served as the foundation for my ultimate success. I’m...
read more

Trying Your Best

Recently I ran across an old decoupaged plaque I made in my youth. It was a meaningful commentary I’d torn from a magazine, glued to a painted board and sealed with a clear coat. Oddly, I’d never hung it up, but kept it all these years. In short, it was a father wishing his son well as he competed in his first sporting event. He said, “I hope you win, not for me, but for you, because winning is...
read more

Garage Math

As most of us do from time to time, I took my aging vehicle to the garage for service.  Although it was running fine, I knew it was due for an oil change, lube, and inspection.  I was even armed with a dealer coupon for those services! To the service manager’s credit, he called after my vehicle’s inspection to advise that the radiator and coolant system needed to be flushed, and that my battery...
read more

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...
read more