Copy That

I’m totally revamping my den/office, and I’m finally off the card tables and into about 75% completed digs. On the way to dinner the other night, on a whim, I said to  my wife, “Let’s stop at Best Buy and see if they have a copier/fax/scanner gizmo that will work wirelessly.” My son-in-law urged me to look at these and get rid of the three huge pieces of equipment taking up so much room (copier/scanner/fax, color printer, laser printer) in …




Huey Lewis and the Ducks

We saw Huey Lewis and The News in Atlantic City on our way to Cape May. He encourages photos and we were in the second row. When we came home, a mother duck who had raised her duckies in our pond had decided to take up recreational paddling in our pool with the entire family.


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 07/25/11

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

July 25, 2011—Issue #97 This week’s focus point: We need “white space” (the term is from text that’s easier to read because of surrounding, empty space) in our lives, breathing room to reflect, to mourn, to rejoice, to share, to plan, to meditate, to appreciate. Doctors who book “back to back” appointments all day don’t do a very good job with patient relationships, office management, billing, or diagnosing. Consultants without white space don’t do as good a job trying to …



The Lunacy of Hourly Billing

Over the past couple of weeks I had the opportunity to chat socially with an attorney and an accountant, at two different events. One knew me, the other did not. We wound up discussing hourly billing practices, and after a great deal of wine, here is a summary of what they told me about the practices of their firms which are enforced by senior partners. • Never charge a “round hour.” Instead of charging for an hour, charge for 1.2 hours. …



First Stones

The shaving cream pie thrower invading the Murdoch questioning could easily have had more lethal intent (at which point I’d guess Mrs. Murdoch would have pulled out her uzi). Did the members of Parliament hold themselves responsible for this gaffe? Was it the fault of the head of the police assigned to the inquiry? Was it the Prime Minister’s fault? Is it the Queen’s fault, since she heads the empire? Of course not. Then how is it that they expect …


The Fog of Life

I’m looking toward the breakers about 200 yards away. But I can’t see the beach or even the water because of the fog. Last night on the boardwalk at Wildwood you couldn’t see the top of the ferris wheel or the roller coaster. The fog is caused by atmospheric conditions. Water droplets are formed when cool air is over warmer ground in most cases of fog on the surface (unlike a cloud). It can be quite opaque or at best …