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My Life with a Celebrity

So if you are asking, “Just who is this celebrity, Bill?” you are on the wrong path.  I’m referring to the ‘classic’ 1984 Chevy Celebrity that was my first car.  Four doors.  A sleek black exterior.  A rich, velour-like burgundy ...
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Concern and Optimism – the Anniversary

It’s 4:06 AM.  Why am I awake? Why do I feel so inflamed?  Why am I so uneasy?  Oh, now I know.  It’s the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.  One year ago this week I returned from spending time ...
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THANK YOU, 2020!

Yes, you read that right.  Thank you, 2020, for all that you have been, all that you were not, and that you are (finally) coming to an end.  Nonetheless, thank you! I have thought about this month’s letter for a ...
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Talent and Training

Without question, I am a salesperson by talent and training.  It seems to be a natural part of how I communicate and relate to others regardless if I am selling a product, a service, or even a concept.  As unusual ...
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Two-Thirds

August of this year I had the privilege of turning 50. That was plenty to take in on its own merit. When I found out that a college friend of mine that works in our industry announced his retirement next ...
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Time Machine

As 2019 drew to a close, the year felt like a timid downer.  Not the robust nature of business we felt for several years before, but certainly not a horrible year.  Now look at 2020.  Stock market crash and subsequent ...
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The Secret Service, Putin, a Dog, and a President

I’m glad the back of the stage was dimly lit.  It was me standing next two very intense Secret Service officers.  I’m not sure if I was relieved or more nervous when I heard a voice from behind a curtain ...
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Captain’s Log – USS COVID-19

I have reached the point where pointing out the week has become monotonous.  The good to come from that is it gives me the freedom to change-up how I open this letter. “Captain’s log – week 9.  When we last ...
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Cinnamon roll bologna sandwiches, trailers and skunks

It was great to have our 21 year-old daughter, Ariana, for dinner last night.  She was studying for her spring finals as her junior year of college winds down at the University of Iowa.  She says, “I just saw this, ...
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Dad’s Prophecy

Week 7.  Even now, it is difficult for me to believe.  Time is both racing ahead and dragging on in this surreal situation. I packed up my stuff and left Iowa on Sunday to spend some time in our Kansas ...
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Memes and Perspectives

It is April 29th.  Each week as I write this letter the date just astounds me.  In fact, it makes me chuckle because I have started to believe what so many memes have stated – April 2020 has 200 days ...
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Three-Legged Stool

I find it hard to believe that four weeks ago today our company started working remotely! Half of me can't believe that it's already been four weeks while the other half of me is fully confident that it has been ...
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Waking with the Robins

I like sitting at my desk early in the morning gathering my thoughts as I listen to the robins chirp in the growing light of the dawn. I am not sure why I got to the office at 4:00 AM ...
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Brighter Days Ahead – the beginning

If you're like me you probably can't believe another week has passed we're still dealing with this surreal situation.  It seems as though time is standing still. The only good thing I can say about being in the middle of ...
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January 2021

Here we are beginning a new year! Always full of hope and promise. As I closed last month’s letter, I mentioned that the potential of 2021 was a hope that is both “dangerous and beautiful.” That seems to be the correct segue ...
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My Life with a Celebrity

So if you are asking, “Just who is this celebrity, Bill?” you are on the wrong path.  I’m referring to the ‘classic’ 1984 Chevy Celebrity that was my first car.  Four doors.  A sleek black exterior.  A rich, velour-like burgundy ...
Read More

Concern and Optimism – the Anniversary

It’s 4:06 AM.  Why am I awake? Why do I feel so inflamed?  Why am I so uneasy?  Oh, now I know.  It’s the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.  One year ago this week I returned from spending time ...
Read More

THANK YOU, 2020!

Yes, you read that right.  Thank you, 2020, for all that you have been, all that you were not, and that you are (finally) coming to an end.  Nonetheless, thank you! I have thought about this month’s letter for a ...
Read More

Talent and Training

Without question, I am a salesperson by talent and training.  It seems to be a natural part of how I communicate and relate to others regardless if I am selling a product, a service, or even a concept.  As unusual ...
Read More

Two-Thirds

August of this year I had the privilege of turning 50. That was plenty to take in on its own merit. When I found out that a college friend of mine that works in our industry announced his retirement next ...
Read More

Time Machine

As 2019 drew to a close, the year felt like a timid downer.  Not the robust nature of business we felt for several years before, but certainly not a horrible year.  Now look at 2020.  Stock market crash and subsequent ...
Read More

The Secret Service, Putin, a Dog, and a President

I’m glad the back of the stage was dimly lit.  It was me standing next two very intense Secret Service officers.  I’m not sure if I was relieved or more nervous when I heard a voice from behind a curtain ...
Read More

Captain’s Log – USS COVID-19

I have reached the point where pointing out the week has become monotonous.  The good to come from that is it gives me the freedom to change-up how I open this letter. “Captain’s log – week 9.  When we last ...
Read More

Cinnamon roll bologna sandwiches, trailers and skunks

It was great to have our 21 year-old daughter, Ariana, for dinner last night.  She was studying for her spring finals as her junior year of college winds down at the University of Iowa.  She says, “I just saw this, ...
Read More

Dad’s Prophecy

Week 7.  Even now, it is difficult for me to believe.  Time is both racing ahead and dragging on in this surreal situation. I packed up my stuff and left Iowa on Sunday to spend some time in our Kansas ...
Read More

Memes and Perspectives

It is April 29th.  Each week as I write this letter the date just astounds me.  In fact, it makes me chuckle because I have started to believe what so many memes have stated – April 2020 has 200 days ...
Read More

Three-Legged Stool

I find it hard to believe that four weeks ago today our company started working remotely! Half of me can't believe that it's already been four weeks while the other half of me is fully confident that it has been ...
Read More

Waking with the Robins

I like sitting at my desk early in the morning gathering my thoughts as I listen to the robins chirp in the growing light of the dawn. I am not sure why I got to the office at 4:00 AM ...
Read More

Brighter Days Ahead – the beginning

If you're like me you probably can't believe another week has passed we're still dealing with this surreal situation.  It seems as though time is standing still. The only good thing I can say about being in the middle of ...
Read More

January 2021

Here we are beginning a new year! Always full of hope and promise. As I closed last month’s letter, I mentioned that the potential of 2021 was a hope that is both “dangerous and beautiful.” That seems to be the correct segue ...
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