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A Road Trip With My Son, the World's Largest Ball of Twine and Service

June 7, 2014

How can these three things possibly be related in the same story?  Good question. It was around Christmas time of 2001, I was in the Intraocular Lens Implant business so I was selling to ophthalmologists who performed cataract surgery.  I had developed a good relationship with a surgeon, Curt Wischmeier, for whom I volunteered to…

The Patient Shared Billing Ruling That Got Things Rolling!

June 3, 2014

In May of 2005, The Patient Shared Billing ruling passed the US Congress and got things rolling. Patient Shared Billing was quietly enacted and changed the landscape of healthcare. As I was cleaning out some files today, I came across an interesting piece of history that I had saved.  Below is an article from OSN…

Annie's Big Day!

June 1, 2014

My second daughter, Anne, graduated from the University of St. Thomas last weekend. It was a great day, we went out for a nice dinner at the Smack Shack in Minneapolis and it is fun for Jean and me to see our kids growing up. Anne will be going to Thailand in the Fall to…

My Mom

May 11, 2014

This is my mom, Mary, my sister, Patty, my brother, Marty and me.  We had a nice brunch at the Good Day Cafe in Golden Valley, Minnesota.  Great spot! My mom is a great lady who has done so much for all of us.  She’s creative, smart, authentic and persistent….traits that she passed on to…

Refill Guy

April 13, 2014

I am always amazed at how many times during the day I have the opportunity to refill things around me.  Sometimes it’s physical, often times mental and certainly spiritual. Physical things are easy and, while sometimes irritating, quickly accomplished.  Things like, the dogwood container is empty, the coffee maker water canister is running low, the…

Martin Ehlen – My Grandpa

April 1, 2014

My Grandpa Martin died when I was eight years old. I remember that the last time that I saw him was when we went to the hospital after I had fallen down on a fishing trip with my Dad and Brother and cut my side open. I had to have stitches so we went to…