Posts by jerry

Keynote Preview

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Keynote “Is too much Technology making us stupid?”

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Are You Becoming a “Palm Zombie?”

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Are You Becoming a “Palm Zombie?”

In the film ‘The Sixth Sense’, Cole Sear is a boy who is able to see and talk to the dead. I don’t see ‘dead people’ but I do see people everywhere staring at the electronic devices in their palms. I call them ‘palm zombies.’ I resisted becoming a palm zombie for as long as I could. I was very happy with my cell phone because I found it very useful for MAKING PHONE CALLS! Besides which I was already spending too much face time with my other ‘computer machines.’ My wife was even nagging me to trade my antique, so yesterday, flip phone for the so called (ironically named)...

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“Dad, It’s Time to Move”

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“Dad, It’s Time to Move”

My mother told me not too long before she died, “you’ll never know how much you’ll miss me until after I’m gone”. That was my mom, and of course she was right. Now that’s not exactly the point of this post but it does set the stage.  There are some things we can’t know or be completely prepared for. We can only imagine (or try to avoid imagining) the realities of losing a parent and becoming the caretaker for the other. My mom died three years ago this month and my dad has done amazingly well adjusting, especially given that my parents were together for over 60 years. So, no...

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Integration & Collaboration

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Integration & Collaboration

I’m working on a special program for the North Carolina Health Information Management Association. It seems there is an interest in helping them to deal more effectively with the tremendous changes that are occurring not only in healthcare but in life! So, my contact at NCHIMA and I came up with the title: ‘Integration and Collaboration in Times of Great Change.’ This title seemed to fit nicely with their theme and capture the essence of what people might be able to take from my talk. Now, all I had to do was figure out what I was going to say! Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I...

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Lessons in Higher Learning

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Lessons in Higher Learning

In 1979 Jimmy Carter was the president, Sony introduced the ‘walkman’ and with only a few semesters to go I dropped out of college. I’m not really sure why. I never gave it much thought. That is, till now. Dropping out was just ‘what I did, no big deal…end of story.’ But on an emotional and psychological level, dropping out of school, was not the ‘end of the story.’  There was an underlying feeling of anxiety and shame over my ‘failure’ to finish college. What if someone were to ask,  “So, where did you go to college?” “Well uh,” feeling the anxiety and shame...

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