Medicare open enrollment sounds like a boring topic and many others have written on it. Some of you may be rolling your eyes just thinking about reading another article on Medicare.  But, let me tell you about the 45 minutes that ended up saving me thousands of dollars.

Last year I was “forced” into Medicare....

I am a guy.  We guys are notorious for refusing to ask for help.  I do not know if it is genetic, or learned.  I strongly suspect the latter, but I am not so sure.

Once my wife, my then three young sons, and I were hiking near a swollen creek in Colorado. I do not remember if it was my youngest son o...

A few weeks ago I was invited to a luncheon.  At the luncheon the featured speaker was Jim Blume, now living in the Denver area.  He was in Hays, Kansas to help support the funding of the “Stronger Forever Together” campaign for Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, Inc. (DSNWK).  It was a fundraiser to...

I have a 22 month old grandson, Alex.  It seems like yesterday he was born.  Every time I see him he is different.  In late September of last year my wife and I got to keep Alex for a week while his parents were on a trip.  Then he was just a little over a year old.  We had a pretty good idea about what all h...

I really do feel fortunate in my life.  Though there have been bumps and bruises, and even heartache, I generally feel like I have been blessed.  I have been blessed with three sons and a wife who love me, in spite of my flaws, my sometimes lack of patience, and my failure to always be a good role model....

John has dementia.  Unfortunately, it is the aggressive and angry kind of dementia.  His family came to my office.  The facility where John is located cannot keep him because of his aggressive behavior.  The family came to us in part to help place John.  

Several years earlier, John and his...

One of my early memories as a child was visiting with my grandparents in Hillsboro, Texas.  Snow in the Hill Country of Texas is very rare.  So, it was one of those rare mornings when we woke up to discover that it had snowed.  It was my first snow, and I remember running outside so excited.

My grand...

I have a family trip planned.  All the family is going.  It involves airplane flights with several changes.  It involves coordinating the schedules of seven different people.  

I am writing this the morning after my dreams were filled with nightmares:  the fear of missing my flights, and one of...

Monday morning was busy but I had time to go home for lunch.  As I got home, the news was reporting smoke coming from the Notre Dame Cathedral. I got busy for the next 45 minutes but before heading back to work, I looked over at the television with my wife watching it.  The spire at the cathedral had just col...

Last fall, I was driving home after two days of client meetings in Wichita.  The combination of those meetings, not sleeping in my own bed for two nights, living out of a suitcase, and the prospect of almost three hours on the road left me feeling exhausted.  I turned on the radio and an old Beatles song came...