Point of View

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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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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We Could Surely Use Another C. Everett Koop Right Now

Although he was 96 years old and had a hell of a good run, I was still saddened to learn of the death of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in February. I was lucky enough to have known Dr. … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Wars and Hospital Ratings

Last weekend my husband, Bret, and I traveled to Keene, New Hampshire, to visit our daughter, Annie, who is serving with AmeriCorps|Vista at a school near the town, and to participate in Keene’s Annual Pumpkin Fest. I was looking forward … Continue reading

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No Grand Vision

I was recently flipping through yet another design-challenged presentation of healthcare data, and started thinking about a project on the Grand Canyon I’d done when I was in the eighth grade. I’d made a model using colored clay to show … Continue reading

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Mere Mortals and Mortality Data

Many, many moons ago when I was a dating girl, I discovered that there were basically two categories of bad dates. There was the date that I hoped might lead to something more, but that ended with “I’m not ready … Continue reading

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Politely Provocative

I have been accused on more than one occasion of having the attention span of a gnat. I don’t think this is true. Rather, based on evidence demonstrating that people pay sustained attention for only about ten minutes, tops, I … Continue reading

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Busted by “Big Data”

A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times published a really terrific article about how companies like Target use “Big Data” to identify what its customers are likely to want to buy, so the company can customize its marketing … Continue reading

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The Power of the Scribble

NOTE: CHECK TABLE The Power of the Scribble Recently I was thumbing through Colin Ware’s book Visual Thinking for Design when I was reminded of the expressive power of lines. In his book, Ware shares the following exercise, which was … Continue reading

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