Yearly Archives: 2011

Holiday Lights

I admit it without any shame, I love this time of year… no “bah humbug” here, and Martha Stewart’s got nothing on me…well, except a few billion dollars. Just like millions of other people around the world I love the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season of red and green, which is wonderful for those of us who are able to discern these traditional holiday colors… sadly though, approximately 10% of males and 1% of females who suffer from “colorblindness” don’t share our … Continue reading

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Transformers and Value Based Purchasing

Last Friday I went to my nephew Aidan’s fifth birthday celebration bearing my most favorite gift — a book (socks and underwear are my second favorite, but I save those for national holidays). But of course, his parents had to … Continue reading

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What’s Your Healthcode?

Quick … what was the zip code of the town you grew up in? I am willing to bet that you can remember. I certainly do — 03036. Just typing it brings back all sorts of memories. I can see … Continue reading

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Healthcare Data Chick Meets Grammar Lady

This fall I have been attending a course called “Right Grammar Right Now.” To some of you the reason why I am doing this may be painfully obvious — thank you for reading anyway. On the first night of class … Continue reading

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Read This

As the year is winding down I have pulled together a list of my favorite books and posted them in the Resources section of my website. Happy reading.

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My Week in 3D

This past Sunday I attended the annual IEEE VisWeek Conference and saw some truly beautiful data visualizations. Mind you, I am talking cutting edge, “just how brilliant, and yes, geeky, are these engineers,” kind of visualizations. And, although I understand … Continue reading

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Reading Room

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson I am not a huge fan of fiction. My point of view is, “why read a made up story when the real ones are so compelling?” Case in point, Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve … Continue reading

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presentationzen

When I was first setting up my business I planned to have a section about how to improve presentations…more specifically,PowerPoint presentations. You know the kind that make you want to just shoot yourself and get it over with rather than … Continue reading

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Pure Genius

I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s new book about Steve Jobs (couldn’t put it down) and I admit I am smitten with both Isaacson’s honest narrative and with the crazy genius (as in he was slightly nuts) who was Steve … Continue reading

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