The first time I stayed in a Ritz-Carlton was in April of 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri. I went there for a work meeting and before that I had never heard of such a place. Growing up in Minnesota, we didn’t have any in our city. Amazingly, we still don’t. In May of 2005, I…

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Yesterday,  Jean LeClaire said, “I will,” when asked by Father Rolf Tollefson if she will love me and honor me all the days of her life.  On February 9, 1990 she said words similar to these but instead to The Honorable Patrick Burke during his lunch break at the Hennepin County courthouse. I remember that…

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The seventh hole at Bearpath Golf and Country Club is a 380-yard par 4, is the number one handicap on the course and a goal of making par is aggressive for a [player of my ability. The hole features a dogleg and a towering grove of trees on the right side of the fairway. Also,…

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Book number two was dropped at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport at gate 19 before a flight to Orlando on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at around noon. Smart Tribes is an excellent book and I hope whoever finds it enjoys reading it as much as I did. The number of on the book is JWGMN-2 and it…

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The secret to success of any kind is elusive and much sought after. At present, the claim to a key to entrepreneurial success is what sells magazines, books and piques most people’s interest. I’m an easy mark for that sort of stuff. This weekend, we’re staying with our friends, Chris and Kim Heim at a…

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Last night, my wife Jean and I celebrated a nice, simple New Year’s Eve with Jean’s sister, Denise. Jean made a wonderful salmon and beet salad that was a thoughtful diversion from the heavy, butter laden dishes consumed on New Year’s Eve’s of the past. Going around the table, we each talked about some things…

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When I set-off for college at the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 1984, my dad said to me, “You may major in whatever you want to as long as it is math or science.” I asked him, “Why math or science?” He replied, “Those subjects teach you how to think.” Unusual as it…

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What’s the difference between bragging about something that you’ve accomplished and just being happy about something and wanting to share it? I’m not exactly sure of the answer to that question and do know that I reached one of my goals that I set for myself in 2014. I always write my goals at the…

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