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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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Have a “Good One” What?

So, here is what is bugging me today…inexact speech and ambiguous directives. Precisely what do people mean when they tell me to “have a good one?” Do they mean that I should have a good… Life? Day? Colonoscopy? Long walk … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned “Off the Grid”

Living “off the grid” (albeit temporarily) is an extraordinarily more charming and interesting experience than you might imagine. Yes, I am totally serious. Consider Exhibit A: The “Nubble.” The Nubble is a tiny little cottage built on a rock (okay, … Continue reading

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Pie Chart of Procrastination

I love August–a deliciously quiet month when I procrastinate to my heart’s content and I savor the last days of summer. So, when a friend sent me the following “Pie Chart of Procrastination” I marveled at the timeliness of her … Continue reading

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Postcard from the World Health Organization

I’ve just returned from a terrific engagement with my friend and colleague Stephen Few at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. We spent four days with the group, two days teaching best practices for the visual display of … Continue reading

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