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Love, Time, Environment

As my daughter Annie’s tenth birthday approached, our friend Erik asked her what special gift she was hoping for. Without hesitation, Annie responded, “A crane.” We all turned and looked at her in astonishment. What would a ten-year-old girl want … Continue reading

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When was the Last Time You Asked “Why”?

Many moons ago, my husband, Bret, and I were running through a list of errands when we noticed that several of them intersected, prompting one of us to suggest, “Let’s kill two birds with one stone.” Our (then) very young … Continue reading

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Room #14 Is Not a Magical Place

I have just returned from a week of complete seduction and surrender in La Ville-Lumière-Paris. Ah, Paris: flowing wine, warm and crusty bread, jaw-dropping architecture, subtle yet sophisticated fashions, beguiling language, mind-blowing history. It truly is what Hemingway called it: … Continue reading

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Is Knowledge Enough To Inspire Action?

In my last newsletter, I discussed “plain language”– clear, simple writing that people can actually understand and use. I closed with the following statement: “Plain language alone is not enough to get people to use the information you present to … Continue reading

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Do You Know How To Make It Plain?

Over the past week, I’ve been working (via an ongoing email exchange with my colleague Sandy) on a description in exactly 15 words (no more, no fewer) of the services that our new company, HealthDataViz, offers. We are completing an … Continue reading

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The One Trait All Successful Data Analysts Must Possess

When people inquire about my career path, the words that most frequently tumble off my tongue are “unusual” and “fueled by curiosity.” Here’s what I mean. My undergraduate degree is in Business Management, and I quite literally fell into my … Continue reading

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Mass Gatherings Medicine

In case you haven’t heard, the Red Sox won the World Series last week. Yes, my beloved team that “Reversed the Curse” in 2004 defied the odds yet again, going from “Worst to First” to win it all this season. … Continue reading

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Improving the Odds — Are You a Donor?

I have been following the case of Sarah Murnaghan, a dying 10-year-old girl who, after a federal judge granted her family’s emergency petition, has become eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant list. In the petition, Sarah’s family … Continue reading

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A Profoundly Moving Data Display

This past Memorial Day I was greatly moved by news stories about the courage and sacrifice of so many in service to our country. It was also a quiet time for me to reflect on the memorials erected to commemorate … Continue reading

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Peace, Love, Joy and Personas

We keep this great stack of cards in the dining room: it’s called “TableTopics: Questions to Start Really Great Conversations.” Questions range from “would you prefer to spend money for a housekeeper, a cook, a gardener, or a personal secretary?” … Continue reading

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