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2020

2020! Best year ever! How many are making that statement? Yeah, I know. Conventional wisdom would have you believe that 2020 might have been the worst year ever. In most cases, conventional wisdom is just wrong. And for 2020, I believe conventional wisdom is absolutely wrong. Has 2020 presented new and sometimes unusual challenges? For sure. 2020 has been an amazing year! Maybe the best year. (Yes, I 100% believe this.) Of course it's a matter of perspective. For me, 2020 has provided me the opportunity to become closer with my family. Spending more quality time with my kids. More quality time with my fiancee and her kids. We've cooked family meals way more often than in years prior. And yes, we are still supporting local restaurants (and breweries) with carryout. We've actually traveled more. Visiting several new places, along...

aftermath

For the past several years, Christmas time arrives quicker than it seems like it should. Then it passes so quickly. For many in 2020, this was the most unusual of holidays for obvious reasons. I'm grateful that I got to spend time with my family, especially my children. Yes, they are both adult aged now. Yet Christmas with them is important to me. It's not about the gifts or the food. To me, it's about the quality time. And as they continue to get older, the quality time opportunities with my kids is a lot more sacred and appreciated these days. Grant me the wisdom to realize this each and every day. The great irony of this, at least to me, is that I suddenly can imagine how my parents might feel more...

christmas feelings

Seems like every single year I make the observation that it just doesn't feel like Christmas. 2020 is not an exception. And my daughter made the statement last night. And one of my fiancee's daughters made the statement too. Often times when we make the statement, we relate it to the weather. Not cold enough. No snow. Things like that. While these may be factors, I have another theory. What should Christmas feel like? Love. Compassion. Kindness. Gratitude. Cheerful. Joy. Giving. Charity. Humanity. For a while now, I have been a bit disenfranchised about Christmas--so much so, that some in my circle will call me a Grinch at times. Regardless of your religious point of view, Christmas should be about loving others, giving to those in need, being grateful and appreciative, and happiness. Rarely is this the case...

medical devices and real estate

What is the connection between medical devices and real estate? While you think about that for a few moments, I'll share the connection from my points of view. Improving the quality of life. From a medical device perspective, improving the quality of life should be the purpose and intent of the product. Someone is ailing from some condition or issue that requires some sort of procedure or treatment. Often times in these circumstances, medical devices are involved to help improve the quality of the person's life. I had some formative experiences very early in my medical device career where the importance of what I do in this industry truly does have an impact on humanity. And it feels good--feels great--to know that the medical devices I have contributed to are making a real difference in...