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Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully

I just turned 55. I don’t think of it as a big deal. 55 is a fun number, but I remember looking forward to 2020 because it was a fun number, and most people didn’t like the year 2020. My brother-in-law brought up a site listing all the discounts available to people...

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Super Bowl vs Golf

Super Bowl vs Golf

This past Sunday was the Super Bowl. It's one of only two to ever go to overtime. A classic. One for the ages. It wasn't the most thrilling sporting event of the weekend. Not even close. The Phoenix Open was just down the street from where I was on Super Bowl Sunday....

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Context

Context

Context.   (Warning: this blog isn't going to be about politics. Although my example comes from the halls of Congress.) A few months ago, the presidents of three prestigious universities (Harvard, Penn, and MIT) were called before a congressional hearing and...

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Not Allowed

Not Allowed

I recently had neck surgery. The doctors put restrictions on what I was allowed to do during the recovery from surgery. Immediately after surgery, they told me to limit my twisting and turning of my neck, running, jumping, and lifting anything over 10 pounds. I was...

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Elmo and the Mayo Clinic

Elmo and the Mayo Clinic

I last wrote a blog a long time ago (and we have yet to get any complaints). It is a new year, and it is time to start up again. I want to start it like every New Year by honoring my grandfather, Elmo Chapin. This Saturday is the anniversary of his birth. At Willmar...

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Merry Christmas 2023

Merry Christmas 2023

The year is ending, and for most people, it means reflecting on 2023 and looking forward to 2024. Regardless of how the year went, we all want next year to be better. In business, we want more profits, fewer injuries, a more considerable backlog, less conflict on our...

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Not Awesome

Not Awesome

In the excellent movie, "The Lego Movie," Emmet would have you believe everything is Awesome. The movie even has a song about it. The chorus of the terrific song is: Everything is awesome Everything is cool when you're part of a team Everything is awesome When you're...

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Surroundings

Surroundings

Recently, my two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Amelia, looking out the front window of her house at the leafless trees along the street she lives on, said, “I’m waiting for the leaves to come back, and then it will be Easter.” Precious. It might be the cutest...

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Results Matter

Results Matter

At Willmar Electric, we discuss our Foundational Principles (Core Values, Brand Promise, and Purpose Statement). In business parlance, these things are called culture. We think culture is essential. But don’t misunderstand our placing a high value on these things as...

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The Men We Need

The Men We Need

Last week, my wife, Sue, wanted to look for a new backpack. So, we headed to REI. Our oldest daughter, Anne, and our granddaughter, Amelia, were with us, so we knew it would be fun. If you have never been to REI, check it out. It is a fun store with many unique items...

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