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Inspiration: Beauty in Words & Spirit

This will be the first in what I hope will be a long series about the people who’ve inspired me, mentored me, or in some powerful way, touched my life.  It is my hope that you may also find some inspiration in these stories. I’m not talking about physical beauty in this post, although the […]

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When to Say Goodbye?

How do you know when it’s time to say good-bye to a beloved friend and companion for the last 13 years?  How do you know when it’s no longer wise, or compassionate, or caring to keep that beloved companion with you any longer, no matter how much you wish she could stay forever?  When is […]

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Are Dentists Greedy Scumbags?

This post is a deeply personal one about my profession, which I very much love, but which is often demonized in the press and in the public, and which is often perceived as nothing more than a bunch of greedy scumbags.  It’s not often that we dentists get to present our side, and while I’ve […]

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Changing My Reality – Starting Today

Have you ever had an experience that suddenly made you realize, it’s time to make a change NOW!?  Well, I’ve had a couple of these just this year.  I talked about the first one in the blog article I wrote in June 2013 for my Charlotte dental office blog, which had to do with learning […]

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An Example of Why I Love Science

Quick post today, not really thought-provoking on my part, but a simple example of why I absolutely love science and am so grateful to be living in the times that we do.  And while the technology that you see in the video is not necessarily new, it is the merging of methodologies and technologies that […]

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What is Reality, Anyway?

 As a continuation of my last article regarding what we think and believe, I am often intrigued by the question of What is “Reality?”  Even deeper than that, Can we even know what “reality” is?  If so, how do we KNOW?   This common Internet meme seems to sum up the problem of just 1 set of […]

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Why Photography?

On a recent family trip, I was asked by my 14yo niece, Sophie, why I love taking pictures..  While I don’t think she quite “got” my answer, as is kind of typical for a 14yo entering that stage of “knowing-it-all-and-adults-are-kinda-dumb” stage, it seemed like a good post topic.  Most photographers probably feel much the same […]

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Why Do You Think What You Think?

This is a topic that has fascinated me for a long time, as I am a fairly introspective person, by which I simply mean, “Why do I think what I think, and why do I think that what I think is right, and what others think is wrong?” This question is IMO particularly relevant when […]

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Paradox and Balance in Life

How does one create and sustain balance in life?  And what does it really mean to live a “balanced” life?  Is it merely existing in a state of moderation in what you choose, or does it require something more? And do ALL things in life require balance, i.e. be “Fair and Balanced” like Fox News […]

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So What’s With the Squirrel?

  If you know anyone with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), you know that they tend to get distracted easily, right?  You may have even heard someone tease, “So I was working on this project the other day, and……..oh look, a squirrel!”   Or maybe, “We were having this awesome conversation about saving humani…….wow, look at the shiny ring!”  […]

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