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April 13, 2019

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  Henry David Thoreau

My son Louie is 18 years old and lives with blindness.  Recently he was speaking to a school group of a couple of hundred kids.  The kids asked all kinds of questions about blindness, what...

September 25, 2018

“The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence”           Bruce Springsteen

DIFFICULTY.

My son, Louie, is in the final weeks of training with his guide Milan for the 2018 Louisville Ironman.  The Ir...

April 25, 2018

Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to watch (and sometimes help) my 17 year old son Louie create and launch his very own non-profit Louie’s Vision (www.louiesvision.com).  Now to be clear, he didn’t really set out to create a non-profit, but to create an organ...

August 27, 2017

“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.”  Jack Kerouac

17 year old teenage boys long for the open road.  I did.  When I was 17, I roamed the streets of Mankato in a 1969 Camaro packed with my friends.  I loved to be behind the wheel.

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June 15, 2017

We’re told that normal is good.  And that to stray outside of normal is bad.  We learn that at a young age and it becomes the baseline of what we hope for as parents.  Normal kids and a normal family.

Well that’s not what Annie and I got almost 17 years ago wh...

May 17, 2017

When my son Louie was five years old, the doctors told us he would lose his vision.  They explained that Louie had a disease called Stargardt that would steal his vision over time.  No estimate of the length of time we had or how much vision he would lose.  Stargardt i...

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