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Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Here are a few of my takeaways from the May 12th and 13th, 2021 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practice virtual conference.  Thanks to Tim Robinson, chair of the event, the host committee, and the 26 speakers for their efforts in putting on a great conference and avoiding death by PowerPoint.   From the opening session by a panel of the Michigan utility economic development...

Traveling while waiting on the world to change

I recently took two weekend trips for the first time in almost a year and a half. The first trip was to what we Michiganders refer to as “up north.” The second one was to Chicago. Since I have not traveled or done much of anything for so long, I have to say it made me very anxious. It wasn’t because I was concerned about the chance of getting the coronavirus, as I am fully vaccinated and so were...

A Lost Companion

I never understood the true relationship between me and my dog until very recent. I have a vague memory of my mom bringing a small white fluffy puppy home in the summer of 2007. I was really not fond of the idea of owning a dog and having to stay under the same roof. To be honest, I was scared of dogs. It took me quite some time to adjust my feelings and get used to owning a dog, and as time...
Traveling while waiting on the world to change

Traveling while waiting on the world to change

I recently took two weekend trips for the first time in almost a year and a half. The first trip was to what we Michiganders refer to as “up north.” The second one was to Chicago. Since I have not traveled or done much of anything for so long, I have to say it made me...

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A Lost Companion

A Lost Companion

I never understood the true relationship between me and my dog until very recent. I have a vague memory of my mom bringing a small white fluffy puppy home in the summer of 2007. I was really not fond of the idea of owning a dog and having to stay under the same roof....

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“That” Friend

“That” Friend

The older I get, I realize it’s more difficult to find friends with which to develop meaningful relationships. Growing up, it was easy to meet new people when every day was a new experience. Our friend groups consisted of other neighbor kids, children of our parent’s...

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Concern, Gratitude, and Joy

Concern, Gratitude, and Joy

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Now More Than Ever!

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This Planet Deserves Better

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Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Here are a few of my takeaways from the May 12th and 13th, 2021 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practice virtual conference.  Thanks to Tim Robinson, chair of the event, the host committee, and the 26 speakers for their efforts in putting on a great...

read more
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